Pop Warner Football
Since then, participation has steadily increased to today’s record numbers. Over 250,000 youths participated in Pop Warner-sanctioned football programs in 2010, and those numbers are continuing to grow.
Kids compete with kids of similar age and size. Pop Warner is the ONLY youth football program (local, regional and national) that sets and enforces a strict Age & Weight Matrix that reduces the risk and reality of injuries.
Did you know that Pop Warner football is safer than soccer? Pop Warner football has 12% fewer injuries per capita among 5-15 year olds than organized soccer in the same age range! (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, NEISS)
Why There are No Personal Statistics
Pop Warner exists to use football, cheerleading, dance and a respect for education to develop strong, smart, responsible, healthy young men and women. We give them experiences that build their appreciation for and understanding of leadership, teamwork, and discipline.
While individual statistics may be more common, particularly among older football players, Pop Warner only recognizes the athletic accomplishments of the team, not the individual. We don’t track personal tallies of touchdowns or yards rushing per game. We don’t count sacks or blocked kicks. We applaud the athletic efforts of the team to reinforce the importance of teamwork, with each member.
We don’t try to build stars. We don’t want to over-inflate a young ego, nor do we want to risk injuring the self-esteem of a young person. Whether our kids have good days or bad, they are still an integral part of our team…and always will be.
Click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions.
If child bites a hole in it, then it was too soft. Ask your coach for another mouthpiece and repeat.
Pads (knee, thigh, hip, tail)
How it works
There are fifteen Divisions of play, all determined by a strict age and weight scale to ensure safe and balanced competition. Other criteria includes:
Click to download and print the National Age-Weight Matrix.The zip code where you reside coincides with the league and team you will play or cheer with.
If you wish to play for a league outside of your designated zip code a “Waiver Form” will be needed. You can find this form on our forms and resources page. Please be aware that this form must be signed by both leagues affected.
If you reside in a zip code that is designated to multiple locations it is up to the player where he or she wants to play.