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These guidelines supplement the official rules and are intended as a general quick reference for parents and coaches. The Official League Rules contain additional information regarding the weigh-ins.

The Weight Requirements Table

(If you have any questions regarding this age matrix, please contact your local club's commissioner.)

Birthday Age Cutoff Dates: Ages 7-11 and 14 - Age on October 1; Ages 15-16 - 15 year olds that turn 16 on or before December 31st must play 155lbs. No player that turns 17 on or before December 31st is eligible to play.

Age on October 1 (See exceptions for 15 and 16 year olds)
Weight Class 7 8 9 10 11 12* 13* 14 15** 16***
AB* Unlimited 90 55              
80LB   100 90 85 80          
90LB     110 100 95 90        
100LB       120 110 105 100      
115LB         Unlimited/ 135* 125 120 115    
130LB           Unlimited/ 150* 140 135 130  
155LB             Unlimited/ 175* Unlimited/ 165* 160 155


* Unlimited players are not eligible to play in a position that normally handles the ball unless they are at or below the listed maximum ball carrier weight (the weight limit listed next to "Unlimited/" on the chart above). Anklebiters may not weigh more than 70lbs to run the ball. Positions excluded for unlimited players exceeding the maximum ballcarrier limit include all offensive backfield positions, all eligible receivers and tight end positions, and any position not on the first line of a special teams formation. Exceptions include the offensive positions of center, punter, and placekicker.

** 15 year olds that turn 16 on or before December 31st must play 155lbs.
*** 16 year olds that turn 17 on or before December 31st are not eligible to play.


Only youth between the ages of 7 and 16 years of age and who weigh at least 40 pounds may participate in the FCYFL. All youth shall play in the Age/Weight Division that they are eligible for. There will be no waivers.

Commissioners are responsible for checking birth dates and weights at club registration and the official FCYFL Weigh-In. For example, a 10 year old will play in the 90# group if he weighs from 86 to 100 pounds. He may not play in the 100# group unless he weighs between 101 pounds to 120 pounds.

For purpose of eligibility in the various Age/Weight Divisions, a players age on October 1 of the current year will determine his football age. Example: A youth who becomes 10 years old on or before October 1 will play as a 10 year old. A youth who becomes 10 at any time after October 1st of the current year will play as a 9-year-old.

Identification and verification

Each player must obtain a Player Identification Card. The card will be required as an official player identification at all FCYFL Weigh-Ins, and upon demand by the FCYFL Standards and Rules Committee pursuant to the execution of the Committee's official duties.

Player Identification Card shall be the sole allowable proof of age in determining a player's eligibility.

Initial Eligibility Requirements

Accepted Player Identification Cards

Commonwealth of Virginia Identification Card as issued by the Virginia
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Issue date must be within five (5)
years of December 1st of current calendar year. Card must display the
player's photograph, date of birth, date of issue and signature of player or
printed first/last names of those players under ten (10) years of age.
Cards are available from all Virginia DMV Offices at a nominal charge.
Original birth certificate and social security card (or other DMV approved
identification) are required to obtain Identification Card.

Commonwealth of Virginia Learner's Permit as issued by the Virginia
DMV. Issue date must be within five (5) years of December 1st of current
calendar year. Card must display the player's photograph, date of birth,
date of issue and signature of player.

Commonwealth of Virginia Driver's License as issued by the Virginia
DMV. Issue date must be within five (5) years of December 1st of current
calendar year. Card must display the player's photograph, date of birth,
date of issue and signature of player.

  • No other Identification Cards/Proof of Age are acceptable.
  • All identification cards must be valid, current, and issued within the time frame noted above.

If at any time during the season, a protest is filed against a player, the Commissioner and Head Coach of the player against whom the protest has been lodged shall attend the FCYFL Standards and Rules Committee Meeting or Weigh-In, as specified, with the Player Identification Card.

Other Requirements and/or Rules

  • A player will have only one chance to make his weight. Once he steps on an official scale and is found to be overweight, he must move up to the proper higher weight class. A player who cannot move to a higher weight class, either because their league does not file a higher weight class team, or because they fall outside the boundaries of the weigh-in requirements for any class, may be allowed a second weigh-in at a time and place designated by the Standards and Rules Committee Vice-Chairman.
  • There will be no waivers for weight.
  • All players must be officially weighed in to become eligible for FCYFL competition.
  • All youth registered with one organization become a member of that organization's team roster at the time of his official Weigh-In and cannot be transferred to another organization's team during the football season and post-season.
  • No player wearing football gear will be allowed to weigh-in. Youth shall wear gym shorts or bathing suits at a minimum. Youth shall wear only one of each item of clothing as a maximum.
  • Late weigh-ins shall be conducted at a time and place to be announced, with a fee, per player, paid to FCYFL.
  • At no time during regular season may a player exceed the maximum weight gain over the allowable initial weight:

Weight Class Maximum Weight Gain


Class Allowable Gain
AB 5
75# 5
85# 5
95# 10
110# 10
125# 10
150# 10


A player may play with only one organization and on only one team. The only exception to this rule shall be in the case of a player whose weight gain during any part of the season is in excess of that allowed. In this event, the player shall be move up to a team in the next higher weight class.

No youth may participate who is a member or who is trying out for an inter-scholastic football squad or any other organized tackle football team.

A player may rejoin a FCYFL team prior to its second game providing that he has registered and weighed in on the official dates and is not a member of an inter-scholastic or other organized football.