Below are the most common youth football sizes by age group.
- 5-8 y/o – Pee Wee Size
- 9-11 y/o – Junior Size
- 12-14 y/o – Youth Size
- 14+ y/o – High School Size
If you’re in doubt or have trouble finding the correct size, ask the coach or a league official what size football will be used during actual youth flag football games.
Time to Get a Football
You should consider buying one and practicing a bit.
There are many sizes in football (we’re talking about the ball, not the player). But what matters more is the ball’s fabric.
You can either purchase a leather football, which is made of pig skin – or you can pick a composite.
Leather is an excellent but expensive option. Also, it’s what you’re most likely using in a game.
However, it does have the drawback of moisture sensitivity. So if you’re playing in a wet environment, your ball might absorb lots of water.
Now, this water absorption can ruin a game. After all, it makes a ball heavy. And you’ll have a hard time throwing it around!
Basically, just take your time exploring ball options – and what pick what suits you best!