Portsmouth Youth Football

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 250,000 youths participated in Pop Warner-sanctioned football programs in 2010, and those numbers are continuing to grow.

General Information:

Team season: August – October: weekend football games, possibly into November depending on playoff eligibility.

August practice: 5 times per week, Monday – Friday; normally 5:30 – 7:30pm.

School year team practice: reduced to 3 times per week; times and days determined by the coach.

Register on-line

Important Dates: View the on-line calendar

Required paperwork:  Download forms
• Registration Form and Parental Consent Form
• Original Birth Certificate (For new players only)
• Medical Form – Page 1, (completed by parent or guardian)
• Medical Form – Page 2, (completed by physician)
• Copy of full 2021/2022 Final Report Card (including UA’s i.e. Health, Music, Art, etc.)


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 MATRIX that reduces the risk and reality of injuries.

Coaches go through hours of safety training, and each team has a first aid certified volunteer on their roster.  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)


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.