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New Mexico Pop Warner Football program

NMPW (New Mexico Pop Warner) is a youth tackle and cheer League in the Southwest Region Pop Warner NMPW's Associations may form teams in their designated area . Teams are established in seven levels of play and are determined by a strict age/weight scale to ensure safe and balanced competition. All Pop Warner rules and regulations must be upheld. Team availability is based on each Association's ability to form a team. Tryouts of any kind within Pop Warner are prohibited. The participant’s age on July 31st of the current year shall be the participant’s age for the coming season. All participants must pass a physical by a state licensed medical professional that is dated after January 1 of the year participating, have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher or complete a scholastic eligibility form to monitor their school progress and have written guardian permission.


The first official day of practice is August 1 of each year. Football programs play a 7 - 9 game schedule during the regular season of August though October. Playoffs for conference titles begin the last week of October for the top two teams in each age and division group. Once a league champion has been declared at each level, the team has earned the right to participate in regional playoffs. Those teams that win at the regional championships are invited to represent the Southeast Region at Disney's Wide World of Sports™ to compete for a National Championship known at the “Pop Warner Super Bowl” in their respective level.

The National Football Championships consist of 64 teams from 8 Pop Warner Regions playing in 4 age/weight classifications (Jr. Peewee, Peewee, Jr. Midget and Midget). There are two divisions, Division I and Division II, each fielding 32 teams. Sixty-eight games take place throughout the 6-day event in December, including the Division I Midget National Championship game, which is featured on ESPN and ESPN2 throughout the NFL Super Bowl week.


NMPW will only us the age based schematic for 2023 Tackle Football.

The age based schematic provides a 2-year age span for the younger divisions and a 3-year age span for the older divisions. No minimum or maximum weights.

** 2-point stance for all linemen must be used in the following levels of play: TM, MM, JP, PW, 6U, 7U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U.

** No kickoffs permitted in the following levels: TM, MM, JP, PW, 6U, 7U, 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U.


Inclusive Birthdays
8/1/2016 - 7/31/2018
8/1/2015 – 7/31/2017
8/1/2014 - 7/31/2016
8/1/2013 – 7/31/2016
8/1/2012 - 7/31/2015
8/1/2011 – 7/31/2014
8/1/2010 - 7/31/2013
8/1/2009 – 7/31/2012
8/1/2008 - 7/31/2011

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

Revised April 2022

MPR Requirements and Instructions


The following shall be the Minimum Mandatory Play Rule (MPR) for all Pop Warner teams: 16-25 Players (10 Plays), 26-30 Players (8 Plays) and 31-35 Players (6 Plays).

Each league may set a higher number of Mandatory Plays, but never less than the minimum set by PWLS. All MPRs should be based on eligible players at the time of the game.

  • The plays must be from the line of scrimmage.
  • Kickoffs, extra points, QB intentionally spiking the ball and free kicks shall not be used in fulfilling the MPR requirement.
  • A play shall not count toward fulfillment of the MPR if the play
  • results in a penalty which causes the down to be replayed.
  • All players shall be provided their mandatory plays by participation in “active” plays, without the intent to minimize the action or integrity of the plays. Plays such as, but not limited to, having the center snap the ball to the quarterback, and then the quarterback fall to the ground, while substitutes are playing the other positions, shall NOT be considered as active plays.
  • All players shall receive their mandatory plays by the end of the third quarter, or they shall enter the game at the start of the fourth quarter, and remain in the game until they have received their required number of plays.
  • Failure to adhere to MRP requirements will result in forfeiture of game in addition to enforcement policies.

Each League shall establish its own system for enforcing the MPR, and must print a simple handout describing its MPR in sufficient quantity so that a copy is made available to each coach throughout the entire League, before the beginning of the season. The Nationally preferred system is that used in the National games.

New Mexico Pop Warner Youth Football & Cheer

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87124
Phone : 505-750-4518
Email : [email protected]
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