Great topic My son is 8 and is starting to ask if he can play organized football. Him and his buddies play during recess every day at school and hes actually pretty good. He also knows a lot about the game due to me watching a ton of it at home, so the itch is there to play. But Im not letting him play just yet because of the recent information on head trauma. I escaped the game concussion free, so Im not at all against him playing later down the road, but not at his age. 8 year olds dont have the bodies to play football, he'll have to wait til 11 or 12 so he stands half a chance like I did and not get his head knocked off.