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Challenger Football Division

The mission of the Pop Warner Challenger Division is to bring the Pop Warner experience to those special needs individuals.

They’ll bring you nothing but cheer

The mission of Upland Pop Warner Challenger Division is to bring the Pop Warner experience to those special needs individuals. Upland Pop Warner realized that there is a need in our local community for programs for our special needs athletes. 

Pop Warner’s overall goals are to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured environment and by establishing a Challenger Division Pop Warner is providing an opportunity for everyone to participate on the sidelines cheering on the local football team or performing as a team before a Pop Warner audience.

Pop Warner objectives are to inspire our youth, regardless of race, creed, religion or national origin to practice the ideals of sportsmanship, scholarship and physical fitness as reflected in the life of the late Glenn Scobie “Pop” Warner. Pop Warner Strives to make the game fun for all boys and girls.

The program stresses learning lessons of value far beyond the playing or spirit days of those involved, such as; self-discipline, teamwork, concentration, friendship, leadership, and sportsmanship.  The philosophy of the Pop Warner Challenger Division is to provide the framework for local Pop Warner programs to offer a structured football, cheer and dance programs for participants with special needs.

The Challenger program is non-competitive, and no score is kept.  The games are modeled after a typical Pop Warner game with warm-ups, coin toss and national anthem etc. A Challenger Cheer or Dance team may also perform an exhibition performance in the Pop Warner Championships.  Participation in the Challenger Division is permitted at the request of the individual’s parent or guardian.


The Challenger program is a non-competitive program and no score is kept.  The games are modeled after typical Pop Warner game with the warm-ups, coin toss, etc. Participation in the Challenger Division is permitted at the request of the individual's parent or guardian.

The modified rules of the Pop Warner Challenger Division:

  • Challenger Division follows Pop Warner Flag Football Rules with modifications as noted in Rules.
  • The Challengers Football division has one practice a week and games are on Saturdays. 
  • All children ages 5-18 who are currently enrolled in school with physical or mental disabilities.
  • Level of play based on size, age and skill level are recommended where numbers allow.
  • The Challenger Football division wears proud colors of Upland Pop Warner. 
  • Teams must roster a minimum of 3 and no more than 10 players. 
  • Games are played with a minimum of five (5) players on each side. This can increase as participation numbers increase.
  • No score is kept.
  • Teams are permitted one (1) game per week.
  • All players receive equal number of plays
  • Pop Warner recommends team helpers must be a minimum of 13 years of age to assist participants.
  • Insurance for the Challenger Teams is the same as Pop Warner Flag Football teams.
  • One Coach permitted on the field at all times.
  • Field may be standard 100 yards or programs may opt to use a 50 yard field.
  • Team jerseys and flags provided for every participant. 
  • Teams play two 25 minute half’s with a running clock.

Registration Fee $25.00

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