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Pop Warner football has been around since the inception of the league in 1929 by founder Joseph J. Tomlin as a four-team conference in Northeast Philadelphia. Since then, participation has steadily increased to today’s record numbers. Over 240,000 youths participated in Pop Warner-sanctioned football programs in 2004, 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)

Weight and Division Matrix Updated for 2017 Season

 Division Ages Certification Range End of Season
TINY-MITE
(older/lighter)
5-6-7
N/A
35-75 lbs
N/A
79 lbs
N/A
MITEY-MITE
(older/lighter)
7-8-9
N/A
45-100 lbs
N/A
104 lbs
N/A
JUNIOR PEEWEE
(older/lighter)
8-9-10
11*
60-115 lbs
60-95 lbs
119 lbs
99 lbs
PEEWEE
(older/lighter)
9-10-11
12*
75-130 lbs
75-110 lbs
134 lbs
114 lbs
JUNIOR VARSITY
(older/lighter)
10-11-12
13*
90-155 lbs
90-135 lbs
159 lbs
139 lbs
VARSITY
(older/lighter)
12-13-14
15*
105-180 lbs
105-160 lbs
184 lbs
164 lbs
UNLIMITED
(older/lighter)
11-12-13-14
N/A
105+ lbs
N/A
105+ lbs
N/A
MIDDLE SCHOOL
(older/lighter)
11-12-13-14
N/A
105+ lbs
N/A
105+ lbs
N/A

*A child’s age on July 31 is his/her age for the season.
**Maximum Weight at certification (beginning of season). Players are allowed 1/2 lb. per week during the season up to a maximum of 4 pounds.

 


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