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Canton Lions Football

Football promotes physical fitness as well as confidence, teamwork and fun. The Canton Lions football program is led by the unit director, and there are dedicated coaches for each team. 

Safety is the No. 1 priority of our football program. Coaches work closely with all of the athletes to ensure adequate conditioning, intense practices and proper techniques are learned and used at all times. If you have any questions about the football program, please email the football unit director.

We are able to keep registration fees low with the help from our generous sponsors and fundraising support. The registration fee for 2022 is $275. Canton Lions provide all of the equipment your player will need to safely play football. Players only need to purchase football cleats and a girdle/cup. 

Football Teams

  • Varsity -  Ages 12-14* ; Weight Class: 100-180 pounds
  •  Junior Varsity -  Ages 11-12* ;   Weight Class: 75-150 pounds
  •  Freshman -  Ages 9-10* ; Weight Class:  75-130 pounds
  •  Junior Freshman -  Ages 6-8* ; Maximum Weight: 110 pounds 
    * Age by September 1, 2022

Practice Information

Practice Begins

Football practices will begin at the end of July (start date will be announced in the spring) at Heritage Park 6-8pm. Once daylight saving time ends, and it gets darker earlier, the practice start time will change to 5:30 pm.

Practice Location

The practice field is located off of Canton Center Road, one mile south of Cherry Hill, behind the Canton Township fire station.

Practice Schedule

ALL teams will practice five days per week from 6-8 p.m. at the practice fields. Western Suburban Junior Football League rules require four weeks of conditioning training prior to the first game to help reduce risk of injury. After the first game, freshmen, JV and varsity athletes will practice four days per week (Tuesday–Friday) from 6–8 p.m. at the practice fields; junior freshmen athletes will practice three days per week (Tuesday–Thursday). Once daylight saving time ends, and it gets darker earlier, the practice start time will change to 5:30 pm.

Practice Attire

Players should wear football shoes, shorts and a t-shirt with their last name printed across the back for the first two weeks of practice (conditioning). Uniforms and equipment will be distributed prior to the start of practice. Head coaches will share with players/parents when partial and full practice equipment should be worn.

Practice Cancellations

Practices are rarely cancelled due to rain. However, if LIGHTNING occurs, practice will be suspended for 30 minutes from the last lightning occurrence. Practice cancellation will be determined by the football and cheer unit directors. Canton Lions staff will remain with the children until every child has been picked up. If thunderstorms/severe weather is in the forecast on practice days, please be prepared to pick up your child early, in the event practice gets cancelled. If practice should be cancelled for any other reason, the unit director and/or the head coaches will communicate the cancellation. A representative of the Canton Lions will be at the field to inform parents of the situation.