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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)

2020 Age/Weight Matrix

Age/Weight Division Age on July 31 Certification Weight End of Season Weight
TINY MITE 5-6-7 35-75 LBS 84 LBS
MITEY MITE 7-8-9 45-100 LBS 109 LBS
JR PEE WEE 8-9-10 60-115 LBS 124 LBS
JPW (Older Lighter) 11* 60-95 LBS 104 LBS
PEE WEE 9-10-11 75-130 LBS 139 LBS
PW (Older Lighter) 12* 75-110 LBS 119 LBS
JR VARSITY 10-11-12 90-155 LBS 164 LBS
JV (Older Lighter) 13* 90-135 LBS 144 LBS
VARSITY 12-13-14 105-180 LBS 189 LBS
VAR (Older Lighter) 15* 105-160 LBS 169 LBS

In-Season weekly weight increase of 1 lb in weeks 2-10 (Max. of 9 lbs.).

*The asterisked provisions in each division allow the so-called "older but lighter" player to also qualify. The last year of eligibility falls under more stringent weight restrictions, per above.

A child's age on July 31 is his/her age for the season.

2020 Age-Based Divisions

Age Division Age on July 31
6 U 5 or 6
8 U 7 or 8
10 U 8, 9 or 10
12 U 10, 11 or 12
14 U 12, 13 or 14