IFAF 2016 Congress

The IFAF Congress for 2016 was held in New York on September 17.

Australia was represented at the congress by GA Chairman Darrin Mitchell, and by GA International Relationship Commissioner Chris Josey. During the Congress, Chris Josey was elected as Secretary of IFAF.

Read the full press release from IFAF here.

2016 IFAF Junior World Championships

The Junior Australian Outback National Team will be competing in Harbin, China in the IFAF U19 World Cup which is the world championship of American Football for players under the age of 19 organised by the International Federation of the American Football (IFAF).

Keep up to date with the 2016 IFAF U19 Junior World Championships here: http://www.ifaf2016u19.com/


Tournament schedule & seeds announced for 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship of American Football

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012 – AUSTIN, TEXAS – The schedule and seeds for the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship of American football to be played at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas from Saturday, June 30, to Saturday, July 7, have been announced.

IFAF President TOMMY WIKING and SCOTT HALLENBECK, Executive Director of the host federation USA Football, made the announcement at a press conference following technical meetings held in Austin this week.

The tournament returns to the United States this summer featuring the national teams of American Samoa, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Panama, Sweden and the United States. Multi-game ticket options are now available at www.U19championship.com.

The United States begins the defense of its title won in Canton, Ohio, in 2009 against a team making its tournament debut, American Samoa, who beat Australia 93-7 to qualify for the event.

2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship Schedule

All games at Burger Stadium.

Time Saturday, June 30
9:00am No. 4 Panama vs. No. 5 Austria
11:30am No. 3 Japan vs. No. 6 France
5:00pm No. 2 Canada vs. No. 7 Sweden
8:00pm No. 1 United States vs. No. 8 American Samoa


Time Tuesday, July 3
5:00pm JPN/FRA losing team vs. CAN/SWE losing team
8:00pm PAN/AUT losing team vs. USA/AMS losing team


Time Wednesday, July 4
5:30pm JPN/FRA winner vs. CAN/SWE winner
8:00pm PAN/AUT winner vs. USA/AMS winner


Time Friday, July 6
5:00pm 7th place game
8:00pm 5th place game


Time Saturday, July 7
5:00pm Bronze Medal game
8:00pm Gold Medal game


Two newcomers will kick off the tournament at 9am on Saturday, June 30 when Panama takes on European champion Austria, followed by the 2009 bronze medalist Japan against France at 11.30am. Canada, beaten finalist three years ago, faces Sweden at 5pm before the United States and American Samoa do battle at 8pm.

The results will decide the schedule of games for July 3 and 4 winners of the games played on the Fourth of July will play for the Gold Medal three days later at 8pm on Saturday, July 7.

Representatives from the eight Under-19 national teams spanning four continents this week visited practice facilities, game sites and housing accommodations and discussed plans for the tournament.

Representing their national team programs in Austin were:

  • SCOTT HALLENBECK, USA Football executive director
  • FREDRIK HARALDSON, Sweden chef de mission (general manager)
  • OLIVIER MORET, France head coach
  • THOMAS OELSBOECK, Austria chef de mission (general manager)
  • MEL PURCELL, American Samoa chef de mission (general manager)
  • GUILLERMO SUAREZ, Panama chef de mission (general manager)
  • NOEL THORPE, Canada head coach
  • SHINZO YAMADA, Japan chef de mission (general manager)

International Federation of American Football delegation establishes key objectives in China

BEIJING, CHINA – A delegation representing the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) met with top Sports Governance Officials, Corporate executives and community leaders, establishing common objectives and a vision for American Football as a part of China’s sports culture.

From April 21 to 24, IFAF President TOMMY WIKING, IFAF Treasurer and USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK, IFAF Senior Vice President and President of the Asian Federation of American Football (AFAF) DR K.K. PARK, and IFAF China Country Administrator NATHAN JONES, visited Beijing, Wuhu, and Shanghai as part of an American Football delegation to promote and develop the sport in China.

The City of Wuhu’s Mayor and members of the Sports Bureau welcomed the delegation and expressed their goals and commitment to establish collegiate American Football teams and convert a portion of the city’s athletic fields into American Football fields this year.

“We are thrilled to be able to come here and show support for the City of Wuhu’s energetic pursuit of integrating Football into grade school and collegiate athletic programs,” said Tommy Wiking. “When a city makes the decision to develop American football locally, IFAF has resources that can be readily applied to help ensure that educational and training programs meet with success.”

Coinciding with the high-level discussions that took place, more than 50 high school and college athletes participated in two days of contact football training at the 30,000-seat Wuhu Olympic Stadium led by coaches from the U.S., UK, and China. The participants enthusiastically practiced drills in a progression based on the youth development system of USA Football and IFAF. By the last training session, students expressed their desire to continue learning and training in hopes of being a part of China’s first collegiate teams.

One of the participating coaches, Chris Moore said: “This was an amazing experience and I am looking forward to more camps like this one. These student athletes just loved the experience, and are as passionate about being a part of this sport as I have seen anywhere in the world.”

Local private investors outlined plans for the establishment of nationwide American Football leagues in China that would eventually serve as the recruiting base for a National Team when China becomes an official IFAF member. This unified platform for competition and organization would be a key step in creating the support mechanisms for new teams to flourish at the youth level up to the semi-professional level.

Chinese business leaders introduced the growing interest of Chinese corporations in becoming supporters of the sports growth in China and beyond that, in supporting international games and exchanges between China and other IFAF member nations.

“The participation and support of investors and business leaders in China is vital to ensuring the long-term growth of the sport here,” said Nathan Jones. “Today, we can proceed with greater confidence that there are partners in both government and business who are prepared to invest in the success of American Football in China.”

Further meetings with NFL China Director RICHARD YOUNG served to move this important relationship forward by communicating on the most important resources needed locally, and widening the scope of cooperation in China.

“We were impressed with how much NFL China has achieved in creating awareness for the sport and engaging China’s youth not only with the sport itself but much of the cultural elements that make Football the number one sport in America,” said Scott Hallenbeck.

Media may contact China country administrator Nathan Jones at:Nathan.jones@ifaf.org.

New York Giants select IFAF U-19 World Championship MVP David Wilson in first round of the NFL Draft

DAVID WILSON, the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 IFAF Under-19 World Championship was selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the reigning Super Bowl champion New York Giants with the 32nd overall pick.

The former Virginia star running back rushed for 427 yards and eight touchdowns on 33 carries to lead Team USA to three straight victories and the gold medal at the International Federation of American Football tournament played in Canton, Ohio three years ago. This summer eight nations, including defending champion USA, will compete in Austin Texas from June 30-July 7 for the 2012 Under-19 world championship.

“The Giants are Super Bowl champions, and I’m like, ‘They probably won’t pick me,’ ” said Wilson, who did not attend the 2012 NFL Draft ceremony in New York City on Thursday night. “I get the New Jersey call and I start sweating then start screaming. I answered the phone and it was the New York Giants. Best call I’ve got in a long time.”

Wilson was named ACC Player of the Year and second-team All-America after rushing for a school-record 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season as a full-time starter. He also became the only athlete in Virginia Tech history to earn All-America status in both football and track and field. Last spring, he finished sixth in the country in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships.

“This young man was attractive to us for many reasons,” said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. “Obviously his speed, you have a 4.4 running back. “He has great energy when you speak to him. He is knowledgeable. He presents himself very, very well.

“He’s the kind of guy that we felt would add very much to our present situation in terms of the big play potential. He’s one of the guys that has the speed and maneuverability to make the big play and that’s what was very important to us at this time. We were fortunate in that the players that we had set aside were all of need, need positions, and this guy was the highest rated.”

Wilson’s successors on Team USA will join the best players aged 19 and under from American Samoa, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Sweden and Panama when they contest the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship this summer in Austin.

International Bowl to reach a worldwide audience via live webcast

American football fans around the world will be able to tune in live via a webcast at www.USAFootball.com/InternationalBowl to watch the IFAF World Team take on America’s Under-19 National Team in USA Football’s International Bowl on Wednesday, February 1.

The international webcast – which is available only outside of North America – will broadcast all the action live from The Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Austin, Texas.

Fans in the United States and Canada can tune in to CBS Sports Network’s live television coverage of the International Bowl and can access the broadcaster’s Channel Finder at www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

The game kicks off at 5pm local Central time, which will be midnight in Central Europe, 8am the following morning in Tokyo, Japan and 10am the next day in Sydney, Australia.The webcast will be archived and will be available for post-event viewing in all territories outside North America. In the United States and Canada fans can view the game 72 hours later on the USA Football website.

“We are delighted that American football fans around the world will be able to watch our best junior talent aged 19 and under take on America’s finest,” said IFAF President TOMMY WIKING.“The game has players and coaches representing 20 countries whose participation will create great interest in their homeland and inspire other young players to compete at this level.

“Regardless of whether or not their country has players on the IFAF World Team roster, people who are passionate about American football in the more than 60 countries IFAF represents should all be excited to tune in to watch the webcast.”

The IFAF World Team is selected from athletes nominated by their respective federations who form a 50-man roster from American Samoa, Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain and Sweden.

In 2011 the IFAF World Team narrowly lost 21-14 to Team USA at Westlake High School in Austin, and in 2010, the Americans were held scoreless until the final play of the first half before going on to win 17-0 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

The IBN Sports-powered webcast will show the CBS Sports Network production and will stream exclusively through www.USAFootball.com/InternationalBowl.Calling all the action will be CBS Sports Network play-by-play announcer James Bates, who will be joined in the booth at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex by analyst Doug Chapman and Brian Jones reporting from the sidelines.

The game will be available to military services around the world on the American Forces Network (AFN).

IFAF World Team rosters and player bios along with features, photos, video and more information about the 2012 International Bowl can be found at www.IFAF.org and at www.internationalbowl2012.com.

IFAF World Team daily at the 2012 International Bowl

The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) will provide World Team Daily updates during the build up to the 2012 International Bowl.

The IFAF World Team and the Under-19 U.S. National Team will meet at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, February 1.

Please click on links to access more information at the official IFAF website.

Today’s highlights

IFAF World team coaches arrive in Austin to prepare for 2012 International Bowl

The IFAF World Team coaching staff from thirteen countries landed in Austin, Texas for the 2012 International Bowl despite weather conditions attempting to keep them away.

The coach that traveled the farthest was offensive line coach Paul Manera who journeyed all the way from Australia an impressive 8,480 miles. Manera returns for the third consecutive year as a member of the IFAF World Team coaching staff. In Australia, he coaches the Bondi Raiders. Read the full update here…

IFAF World Team Head Coach Greg Marshall

“It feels great to be back here with a lot of familiar faces certainly from USA Football, IFAF and the coaching staff. Familiarity from the coaching staff is always good. You don’t have to worry about breaking through barriers. We have a great group of people.

“We are going to plan for the next couple of days, get the first day of practice ready, but also be flexible to accommodate for our specific players. I will get through the first days and evaluate from there.

“Our goal is to win the game. We came down here to win among other reasons. It is about renewing friendships. I have had some great experiences and USA Football puts together a great event.”

Today – Thursday, January 26

  • 8am-8pm: IFAF World Team players arrive at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
  • 10am-5pm: U.S. National Team coaches arrive at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

2012 International Bowl Logos

Click here to download in eps, pdf and png format.

Live webcast and TV coverage

Other IFAF news

International Bowl official event locations

Media are invited to attend IFAF World Team practices at Westlake High School (4100 Westbank Drive, Austin, TX, 78746) on January 27, 29 and 30 from 9.30am to 11.30am and from 4pm to 6pm and on January 28 from 9am to 11am and 3pm to 5pm.

The IFAF World Team will also practice at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex from 9am to 10am on January 31.


2012 International Bowl office: Austin Marriott South (4415 South IH-35, Austin 78744)

IFAF PR Director Michael Preston
781-363-0305 / Michael.preston@IFAF.org

IFAF PR Manager Lauren Hickey
781-929-7300 / Lauren@MPrestonSports.com

USA Football Director of Communications Steve Alic
703-973-6182 / salic@USAfootball.com


Find IFAF World Team rosters, player bios and other information at:

IFAF announces first of 12 players named to World Team roster to face USA in annual International Bowl

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 – The International Federation of American Football has announced the first 12 players named to the IFAF World Team roster that will face Team USA in USA Football’s International Bowl on Wednesday, February 1 in Austin, Texas.

The state capital will host the third annual game – formerly known as USA vs. The World – when an IFAF World Team of teenage football players led by Canadian head coach GREG MARSHALL takes on American’s Under-19 National Team, composed of current high school seniors (class of 2012). Both teams will field a 50-player roster for the game at The Palace Round Rock ISD Stadium in Austin.

Eight of the 12 IFAF selections will be prepared for what lies ahead in Austin as they boast either previous World Team or Development Team experience.

“It is important that we are able to bring back some experienced players who can become leaders on our team during what will be a short time together to prepare to face Team USA,” said coach Marshall. “There are some very talented players emerging around the world and I am excited to work with them and to announce further selections in the coming weeks.”

Returning at wide receiver is 2011 IFAF World Team MVP, Canadian TEVAUN SMITH, who scored the first ever touchdown conceded by the U.S. U19 national team in all competitions when he returned a kickoff 79 yards to the end zone when the teams met in February 2011. Smith plays at the Kent School in Connecticut and has helped his team to six straight wins to open the current season.

Two more Canadians, offensive lineman MATTHIAS GOOSSEN of Simon Fraser University and defensive back MARCUS GRANDISON of York University, were also members of the 2011 IFAF World Team as was Austrian pair, running back ANDREAS HOFBAUER and wide receiver LAURINHO WALCH. Earning a third selection is defensive end DAVID KATINA from American Samoa, who lined up for the IFAF World Team in both 2010 and 2011.

In 2011 IFAF established a Development Team Program for younger players and two prospects who have progressed to the full IFAF World Team roster are Australian offensive lineman ADAM GOTSIS and Japanese running back SHINGO MAEDA.

Newcomers to the roster are defensive end SONNY SANITOA of American Samoa, who plays college football in the United States at UNLV and three Canadians: defensive end ELI ANKOU (Red Lion Academy), defensive end FAITH EKAKITIE (Lake Forest Academy) and defensive back KALVIN JOHNSON (University of Western Ontario).

Players selected to the IFAF World Team

Player Pos Ht Wt Country Club / school World Team
David Katina DE 6-3 250 American Samoa Hawaii 2010 & 2011
Sonny Sanitoa DE 6-4 235 American Samoa UNLV
Adam Gotsis OL 6-5 262 Australia Monash Warriors 2011 Dev Team
Andreas Hofbauer RB 5-11 206 Austria Swarco Raiders Tirol 2011
Laurinho Walch WR 5-11 148 Austria Raiffeisen Vikings 2011
Tevaun Smith WR 6-1 187 Canada Kent School 2011
Matthias Goossen OL 6-3 290 Canada Simon Fraser Univ. 2011
Eli Ankou DE 6-3 245 Canada Red Lion Academy
Faith Ekakitie DE 6-3 285 Canada Lake Forest Academy
Marcus Grandison DB 6-0 215 Canada York University 2011
Kalvin Johnson DB 5-9 180 Canada Univ. Western Ontario
Shingo Maeda RB 5-10 191 Japan Kansai University 2011 Dev Team

In order to be eligible for the IFAF World Team program, players must be nominated by their national federation and are evaluated by the coaching staff based on film review and weekly training log results collected through the IFAF World Team web portal. The selection and announcement of players to both the final roster and Development Team will continue on an ongoing basis until all positions are filled. A limited number of roster spots will be available for players promoted from the Development Team during training camp.

In 2011 the IFAF World Team narrowly lost 21-14 to Team USA at Westlake High School in Austin, and in 2010, the Americans were held scoreless until the final play of the first half before going on to win 17-0 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The NCAA recognizes USA Football’s International Bowl as a national team competition, meaning the game is not an all-star game. Playing for the United States in the International Bowl is exempt from high school seniors’ two all-star game appearances.

IFAF World Team Player Bios:

David Katina, DL, American Samoa, 6-3, 250, Hawaii (grey shirt)

Returns for his third consecutive year as a member of the IFAF World Team… was a grey shirt at Hawaii… has played football for 14 years… played flag football and Pop Warner for Ewa Beach Cardinals… played JV football at Word of Life and then varsity football at Campbell High School… played at Marist High School… represented American Samoa in a 49-6 junior international victory over Australia in January 2010… greatest football memory is when his entire family came to watch a game this past year… the people who have most influenced his life are his parents, particularly his mother, who has always taught him how to keep priorities straight and was the main person keeping him in check with everything including football. She is a coach on and off the field… favorite current NFL player is Dwight Freeney and favorite NFL team is the Cincinnati Bengals… sings and plays the drums… favorite music is Samoan, Christian and Island Jams… speaks English and partial Samoan… looks forward to the experience of working with other great players from around the globe.

Sonny Sanitoa, DL, American Samoa, 6-4 235, UNLV

Completed his freshman year at University of Nevada Las Vegas… was a four-year letterman playing for coach Simon Mageo at Samoana High School… registered more than 30 tackles along with 7.5 sacks as a senior for the Sharks… was a two-time all-league selection… also lettered in baseball as a pitcher and first baseman and basketball as a center and power forward.
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Adam Gotsis, OT, Australia, 6-5, 262, Monash Warriors

Plays for the Monash Warriors in Victoria, Australia… has seven years of football experience… two-time state champion… two-time team MVP and in 2010 had most sacks on the Warriors team… also named league defensive MVP… played for Australian Junior Outback Team and played on the 2011 IFAF Development team… represented Australia at the 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship in Austria… greatest football memory is being named captain of national team… most influential people are his family and friends… speaks English and Greek… favorite NFL player is Demarcus Ware… favorite NFL team is New Orleans Saints.
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Andreas Hofbauer, RB, Austria, 5-11, 206, Swarco Raiders

Plays for the Austrian powerhouse Swarco Raiders Tirol… has five years of football experience… three-time offensive MVP… three-time Austrian championship MVP… greatest football memory was winning the 2011 European Junior Championship with Austria and the Austrian Bowl and Eurobowl with the Raiders, all in 2011… named Tournament MVP of the 2011 European Junior Championship in Spain and scored three touchdowns in the Gold Medal game… most influential people are his mother and father who have always supported him and taught him the importance of sports which is not only physical but learning… speaks German, English and Spanish… also competes in Track & Field… favorite NFL player is Maurice Jones-Drew… favorite NFL team is Philadelphia Eagles.
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Laurinho Walch, WR, Austria, 5-11, 148, Raiffeisen Vikings

Currently plays for the Raiffeisen Vikings… has seven years of football experience… won the 2011 EFAF European Junior Championship with Austria and led the team in receiving in the Gold Medal game… began his football career with the Dark Angels flag football team… a two-time Judend Bowl champion and one time runner up… helped team to a College Bowl victory… his team finished third at the IFAF Flag Football World championship in Netherlands… scoring first career touchdown was greatest football memory… his family are the most influential people in his life… speaks German, English and Spanish… favorite NFL player is DeSean Jackson… favorite NFL team is Detroit Lions.
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Tevaun Smith, RB, Canada, 6-1, 187, Kent School

Wide Receiver Tevaun Smith finished his post-grad first year at Kent School, a Preparatory school located in Kent, Connecticut… has been playing for ten years… first-ever player to score a touchdown against a Team USA Team in the 2011 Team USA vs. the World game… previously played at Chaminade School… played for the IFAF World Team in 2010 scoring on a kickoff return… greatest football memory is defeating the No. 1 ranked team in NESPAC conference in New England… looking forward to meeting and playing with the best players from around the world… favorite NFL team is San Diego Chargers…favorite NFL player is Dez Bryant.
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Matthias Goossen OL, Canada, 6-3, 290, Simon Fraser University

Matthias Goossen, an offensive lineman from Canada, completed his first season with Simon Fraser University… has been playing for 11 years… helped SFU defeat Dixie State in triple overtime for the school’s first conference win in NCAA DII play…previously played for Richmond Raiders and Vancouver College Prep… named Best Lineman in Grade 10 & 11 and Team MVP in Grade 12… looking forward to playing against the top players from the United States… speaks French and English… favorite NFL team is Indianapolis Colts… favorite NFL player is Peyton Manning… future ambition is to get a degree in communications from SFU and play in the CFL.
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Eli Ankou, DE Canada, 6-3, 245, Red Lion Academy

Plays at Red Lion Academy… the 6-3, 230 pound defensive end is being recruited by top US programs receiving scholarship offers from UCLA, Vanderbilt and Virginia… also received interest from Rutgers, Pittsburg, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Buffalo and Syracuse… played his first season of organized football in 2009.
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Faith Ekakitie, DE, Canada, 6-3, 285, Lake Forest Academy

Plays at Lake Forest Academy in Illinois… a four-star 6-3, 285-pound defensive lineman who made back to back official visits at Boston College and Iowa… has received 30 offers from top US programs… moved from Canada to play high school sports at Lake Forest Academy located outside of Chicago, Illinois… also plays basketball… his family is originally from Nigeria.
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Marcus Grandison, DB, Canada 6-0, 215, York University

Completed his first season at York University… previously played for Chaminade College School… has eight years of football experience… also played for North York Grizzlies and Metro Toronto Wildcats… named OVFL All-Star in 2009… 2010 GTA All-Canadian… 2009 MVP for both Toronto Wildcats and Chaminade College… most influential person is his mother who gave him strength to continue… greatest football memory is playing in the 2011 USA v World game… looking forward to showcasing his skills on a world class stage… favorite player is Troy Polamalu… favorite NFL team is Baltimore Ravens.
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Kalvin Johnson, DB, Canada, 5-9, 180, Western Mustangs

Defensive back for the University of Western Ontario Mustangs… has eight years of football experience… previously played for St. Marguriete d’Youville Secondary, Brampton Bulldogs and Team Ontario… named BMFA MVP and Canada Cup defensive MVP… greatest football memory is winning the provincial championship… most influential person is his father… most looking forward to beating Team USA… favorite NFL player is Darrelle Revis… favorite NFL team is New York Jets.
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Shingo Maeda, RB Japan, 5-10, 191, Kansai University

Plays for Kansai University… named to the first-ever 2011 IFAF World Development Team… selected to the 75-man Japanese Senior National team before the cutdown to 45 players who represented Japan at the 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship in Austria… the person who has most influenced his career is Japanese coach and former NFL Europe player Masato Itai… favorite NFL player is Adrian Peterson on the Vikings… favorite NFL team is the Philadelphia Eagles… His ambition is to play in the NFL.

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