My son plays football too, he's 12. He does play with his own age, but most of the other teams have bigger players and my son's team has lost every game - by a lot, though "officially" they can only lose by 30 points. Is there a legitimate worry about him being injured? That would be my main concern - I know football is a rough and tumble sport, my son has been playing since he was 6, so I know the risks. But if there's a higher than normal chance of a real injury that would weigh heavily on my decision.
I will say though that despite the fact that my son's team hasn't won a game, he is loving it. I know he'd rather be winning, but he is really having fun and enjoying playing and being with his teammates. That also has to weigh heavily on the decision. I'd ask him - maybe away from his dad if you feel he'd influence him one way or the other. But you can't discount the team aspect and friendships he's making.
at 12:04 AM on Sep. 28, 2010