In partnership with the NFL in the UK


NFL shouldn't be worried by youth football participation drop

Published Add your comment

Football News

Former NFL player Trevor Matich has given his view on the worrying trend that has seen participation numbers for the nation's largest youth football program, Pop Warner, fall. 

Youth Football figures in the US have dropped significantly, which is a worrying statistic for the NCAA and the NFL. 

Around 60-70% of all NFL players originally came from Pop Warner, so for that program to be taking a hit means tough times could be ahead in football's future. 

Pop Warner's Chief Medical Officer has admitted the number one reason for the fall in participation is head injuries and that's said to be the 'No:1 concern.'

Trevor Matich responded to these figures in the video above. He explained, "I think there is enough of an understanding now that if you don't play pee wee football you'll still be able to play in the NFL. 

"I think for the NFL, what's more important is the perception of the league. Because this is a huge business. When people hear about head trauma at the Pop Warner level, that has an impact. However, the main impact is if they see that happen in the NFL and on TV."

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

NFL Playoffs

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NFL Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again