2017 Junior Outback Qualifier Squad

Saturday 8th April 2017 was the final day of the Gridiron Australia Junior Nationals. Congratulations to all states on a fantastic tournament which saw the Queensland Sundevils taking out top standing over the NSW Wolverines & WA Raiders. The SA Sharks and the ACT/TAS/NQ All-Stars taking 4th and 5th respectively.

It was an important tournament for all the players as it was being used as the selection process for the Qualifier Squad that will be invited to fight for a position on the 2018 Australian Junior Outback National Team.

At the conclusion of the event Junior Outback Head Coach, Luke Chapman, made his selections!  We congratulate all the players from all the states that have been selected and look forward to the final squad announcement prior to the 2017 IFAF Oceania Qualification Tournament in August this year!



Apply to be an Assistant Coach of the Junior Outback


We now are seeking applications for Assistant Coaching Staff for the Junior Outback, Australia’s Junior Team.

The team will compete at the 2017 IFAF Oceania Qualifier, attempting to Qualify for the 2018 IFAF Gridiron World Championships. (host country yet to be confirmed).

The positions being recruited for include: Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, Positional Coach (Offense), and Positional Coach (Defense).

Applications close on Sunday the 26th of March 2017 (AEDST).

This exciting opportunity is available to registered members of Gridiron Australia member states only.

All applications must include the details as set out in the selection criteria and must be submitted by email to: applyforoutback@ga.org.au

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/


2013 Gridiron Australia Junior National Championships

The 2013 Gridiron Australia Junior National Championships will be held from the 16th to the 20th April.

The tournament will be at Greenway Stadium, located on Soward Way in Greenway, approximately 20kms to the South West of Canberra city center.

The players and coaches will be staying at AIS is located on Leverrier Crescent, about 15 minutes to the north of Canberra.


10am- 5th seed vs 6th seed: ACT vs VIC

12:45pm- 3rd seed vs 4th seed: SA vs QLD

3:30pm- 1st seed vs 2nd seed (National Championship game): NSW vs WA


Tournament Results so far

Game 1: NSW defeat SA 36-24

Game 2: WA defeat ACT 46-14

Game 3: QLD defeat VIC 22-18

Game 4: WA defeat VIC 31-12

Game 5: NSW defeat ACT 69-0

Game 6: SA defeat QLD 28-20



Tournament Schedule/Results

Wednesday 17th April

10am NSW defeat SA 36-24
12:45pm WA defeat ACT 46-14
3:30pm QLD defeat VIC 22-18

Thursday 18th April

10am- 1st seed vs 6th seed: WA defeat VIC 31-12
12:45pm- 2nd seed vs 5th seed: NSW defeat ACT 69-0
3:30pm- 3rd seed vs 4th seed: SA defeat QLD 28-20

Friday 19th April (Tournament bye)

Saturday 20th April

10am- 5th seed vs 6th seed: ACT vs VIC
12:45pm- 3rd seed vs 4th seed: SA vs QLD
3:30pm- 1st seed vs 2nd seed (National Championship game): NSW vs WA

IFAF letter of support for the 2013 Junior National Championships

Dear Australian Gridiron players,

The International Federation of American Football would like to wish you good luck as  you take part in the 2013 Australian Junior Nationals.

IFAF is charged with overseeing and aiding the development of our sport around the world and one of the key elements to the international success of Gridiron is youth participation. By taking part in this important and prestigious event, you are yourselves contributing to the growth of this great game.

Gridiron is played on five continents and in 64 countries, and we aim to increase that  number in the coming years. Last month we received interest from Tonga, Philippines and Egypt to become members of IFAF.

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Records broken at IFAF under-19 World Championship as second round of games kick off on Tuesday

Records broken at IFAF under-19 World Championship as second round of games kick off on Tuesday

European rivals France and Sweden clash at 5pm at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas, followed by American Samoa vs. Panama at 8pm

TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012 – AUSTIN, TX – Records are meant to be broken and in Saturday’s first day of action at the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Austin, Texas, new highs were set in all four match ups.

Spectacular records fell and were equaled as new longest pass, touchdown reception and kickoff return marks were all set to a new standard, while defensive players also got in on the action.

Individuals will have an eye on setting more IFAF competition records when four teams return to the field at Burger Stadium in the state capital on Tuesday this week – but their main focus will be on helping their nation to a first win of the 2012 competition.

The four national teams beaten on the first day of action meet on Tuesday when European rivals France and Sweden clash at 5pm CT, followed by American Samoa and Panama at 8pm CT. USA Football’s YouTube channel will air a live webcast of the games, which will also be archived for future viewing at www.youtube.com/usafootballeducation.

Among the new record highlights, Canada’s starting quarterback Will Finch combined with receiver Doug Corby to equal the longest pass and touchdown pass record of 77 yards in their nation’s 43-0 win over Sweden.

The same number of yards was also covered by Jesus Wilson of USA as he returned the game’s opening kickoff a record 77 yards for a touchdown in a 27-6 win over American Samoa.

Canada quarterback Finch set a new best yards per pass completion (25.1), while his receiver Corby set a new record for yards per reception (32.7) and recorded the second most receiving yards in a single game with 131. Defensively the Canadians also impressed as Adam Melanson set a new high with 3.5 tackles for a loss, while two players – Naoto Miyata of Japan and Panama’s Xavier Ramos – became the first to record a pair of sacks in a single game.

Swedish punter Linus Carlbom took the longest punt (76 yards) and punting average (42.2 yards) records, and when fielding punts, Austria’s Clemens Erlsbacher set a new record average of 21 yards per return.

Players joining the list of top performances included Canada quarterback Hugo Richard, who became the fifth player to score two rushing touchdowns in a game (record is 4 by David Wilson, USA, 2009); Austria quarterbacks Christoph Gubisch and Adrian Platzgummer, who both threw 2 touchdown passes in a single game (record is 5 by Yuichiro Atakai, Japan, 2009); and Demarcus Ayres whose 7 receptions in a single game for the USA was two short of the record (9 by Jumpei Yoshimoto, Japan, 2009). Platzgummer also stands fourth and fifth on the list of longest pass completions and touchdown passes having hit Florian Bundschuh for 59 yards and Dominik Artner for 57 yards.

Sweden’s Oscar Nevermann came up just one yard short of the 193 all-purpose yards in a single game record set by Jumpei Yoshimoto of Japan in 2009 and Nevermann’s 128 kickoff return yards are also second-best in tournament history (159 yards by Thomas Ruiz, France, 2009).

Mercer Timmins’ 63-yard touchdown run was the second longest in Under-19 World Championship history (78 yards by Maxime Boutin, France, 2009) and is third behind Boutin as the longest play from scrimmage.

Nanami Ariwa’s 38-yard field goal equaled the second best in tournament history behind Lirim Hajrullahu of Canada who split the uprights twice from 42 yards and once from 38 yards in 2009).

Xavier Ramos of Panama now sits fourth on the list of solo tackles in a single game having made 8 against Austria (11 by Markus Westmann, Sweden in 2009).

Individual records set or equaled include:

  • Yards per completion- game: 25.1- Will Finch, CAN vs. SWE 6-30-12
  • Yards per reception- game: 32.7 Doug Corby, CAN vs. SWE 6-30-12
  • Punting average: 42.4- Linus Carlbom, SWE vs. CAN 6-30-12
  • Yards per punt return: 21.0- Clemens Erlsbacher, AUT vs. PAN 6-30-12
  • Kickoff returns: 7- Oscar Nevermann, SWE vs. CAN 6-30-12
  • Longest Pass & TD pass: 77- Finch to Corby, CAN vs. SWE 6-30-12
  • Longest Punt- 76- Linus Carlbom, SWE vs. CAN 6-30-12
  • Longest Kickoff Return: 77- Jesus Wilson, USA vs. AMS 6-30-12
  • Tackles for Loss: 3.5- Adam Melanson, CAN vs. SWE 6-30-12
  • Sacks: 2.0- Two players

Team records set or equaled include:

  • Passes Intercepted: 2- USA vs. AMS
  • INTs Thrown: 2- AMS vs. USA
  • Fewest Points Allowed: 0- CAN vs. SWE & AUT vs. PAN
  • Forced Fumbles: 3- USA vs. AMS & AUT vs. PAN
  • Penalty Yards: 201- USA vs. AMS
  • Penalties: 16- USA vs. AMS

Download updated IFAF Under-19 World Championship individual stats here.

Download updated IFAF Under-19 World Championship team stats here.

Learn more about the IFAF Under-19 World Championship and the World Football Festival at: www.u19championship.com.

Japan’s quick start earns a 27-6 win over France at 2012 IFAF under-19 World Championship

Japan’s quick start earns a 27-6 win over France at 2012 IFAF under-19 World Championship

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012 – AUSTIN, TX – Japan’s offense posted 17 first half points and linebacker Kevin Coghlan returned an interception 27 yards for a score to stake Japan to an early 24-0 lead en route to a 27-6 win over France in Game 2 of the 2012 IFAF U19 World Championship at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Coghlan earned Japan MVP honors for his play on Saturday. In addition to the touchdown he recorded one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and averaged 40.5 yards on four punts.

“We are happy to be going into the semifinals,” said Colghan. “Winning this game is very important but winning the next game is even more important.”

Japan advances to the next round on July 4 for what could be a repeat of the 2009 semi final clash with their victors three years ago Canada, who meet Sweden at 6pm CT / 7pm ET tonight. France will play the losers of that game on July 3.

“We were not able to play at their speed and we only had three practices before we arrived here so we knew it would be tough,” said France coach Olivier Moret. “The good thing is that we were much better in the second half and we were the second half. We’re going to prepare in a better way for the second game.”

After three-and-outs by both teams to start the game France failed to pick up a first down on its second series and a 20-yard punt into a strong breeze set Japan up at the France 33. Japan settled for a 22-yard field goal from Nanami Ariwa for a 3-0 lead with 2:24 to go in the first quarter. The drive featured a 14-yard completion from Kyogo Kishimura to Satoshi Sagino and a 12-yard run by James Takada.

French miscues set up the next to Japan scores. On France’s initial play of the next drive Coghlan stepped in front of a Mathias Soler pass and returned it 25 yards for a score to extend Japan’s lead to 10-0 at the 2:04 mark of the first quarter.

On the first play of the next series France fumbled and Japan recovered at the France 22-yard line. After a false start to start the drive, Japan moved 27 yards in four plays and pushed the lead to 17-0 on a Takada 1-yard run with five seconds left in the opening quarter.

France ran off the first five minutes of the second quarter on the ensuing drive and moved the ball to midfield before stalling and punting the ball back to Japan with 7:03 left in the second quarter.

Japan took over at its own 17-yard line and back-up quarterback Saeki Ryunosuke orchestrated an 11-play 83-yard drive that was capped by Sagino’s second rushing touchdown, this one from 15 yards out, to up Japan’s lead to 24-0 with 1:37 left in the half.

France opted to play into the wind in the second half. Japan stretched the lead to 27-0 on a 38-yard field goal by Ariwa with 5:13 to go in the third quarter.

Following the field goal France put together its first sustained drive of the day. Soler picked up 37 yards on a quarterback scramble and Japan aided the French effort with a 15-yard facemask penalty before running back Nicolas Khandar broke loose on a 26-yard touchdown run with 1:50 to go in the third quarter to cut the Japan lead to 27-6 after a blocked PAT attempt.

France looked to have caught a break early in the fourth quarter when Japan fumbled a punt and it was recovered by France’s Maxime Venot Petit at the Japan 23. But Khandar had the ball knocked loose on the next play and Japan took over at its own 15 to end the threat.

Safety Carl Tembo was named France’s MVP after posting eight tackles, including seven solo stops.


Learn more about the IFAF Under-19 World Championship and the World Football Festival at: www.u19championship.com.

Austria wins first game of the 2012 IFAF under-19 World Championship with 40-point win over Panama

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012 – AUSTIN, TX – Austria’s Christoph Gubisch threw two first-half touchdown passes and the Austrian defense limited Panama to two first downs in the opening half as Austria raced to a 26-0 halftime lead en route to a 40-0 victory in the opening game of the 2012 IFAF U19 World Championship at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Austria will now face the winner of tonight’s USA-American Samoa game in the semifinals on July 4. Panama will face the loser of that game in the consolation round on July 3.

In a game that featured full use of the rosters by both teams, MVP Gubisch finished the day with four completions from five attempts for 101 yards and two scores in a little over a quarter of action to earn Player of the Game honors for Austria.

“Panama is a very good team but we thought we could beat them if we played our game as we prepared,” said Gubisch. “We don’t know which opponent we are going to play yet but either one will be tough. We will prepare for it and see what happens.”

After holding Panama without a first down on its opening series, Austria marched 72 yards in three plays to score on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Gubisch to Maximilian Dietl. Following a failed PAT attempt, Austria led 6-0.

Following another three-and-out by Panama, Gubisch led the Austrians on a short 45-yard drive that he capped with a 33-yard scoring strike to Philipp Sommer who was wide open down the left sideline. Running back Andreas Hofbauer was stopped short of the goal line on the two-point conversion but the Austrians led 12-0.

Austria turned to its ground game on its third series, throwing two passes as they moved 56 yards in nine plays. Hofbauer and Philipp Kern accounted for 30 yards rushing on the drive that was capped by a two-yard touchdown run by Matthias Kiegerl that pushed Austria’s lead to 19-0.

“We had no information about Panama so we didn’t know how strong they would be,” said Austria Offensive Coordinator Jakob Dieplinger. “We didn’t know how long our starters would have to play. We were able to rest some key players, which is key for our next game because it will be a really tough one.”

Panama again failed to pick up a first down and following a mishandled snap on a punt attempt, Austria took over at Panama’s 30-yard line. Alexander Thury spelled Gubisch at quarterback and hooked up with Florian Bundschuh on a 29-yard pass play down to the Panama 1 to open the drive. Felix Stadler rumbled into the end zone two plays later to extend the Austria lead to 26-0 and end the first half scoring midway through the second quarter.

The score remained unchanged until the 2:01 mark of the third quarter when Austria’s third quarterback of the day, Adrian Platzgummer connected on a 57-yard scoring strike to Domonkos Szecsi who slipped behind the defense and scampered down the right sideline untouched for the score to push Austria’s lead to 33-0.

Austria added a fourth quarter score on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Platzgummer to Florian Bundschuh with 5:54 to go to cap the scoring.

Linebacker Xavier Ramos earned Player of the Game honors for Panama with two sacks, a forced fumble and six tackles.

USA survives fierce American Samoan effort to win 2012 IFAF under-19 World Championship opener

USA survives fierce American Samoan effort to win 2012 IFAF under-19 World Championship opener

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012 – AUSTIN, TX – The United States survived a fierce American Samoa effort to win its IFAF Under 19 World Championship opener 27-6 and earn a fourth of July semi final clash with Austria, 40-0 winner over Panama earlier today.

Team USA opened the game with a record 75-yard touchdown run and followed that with touchdowns on its first two possessions en route to a 27-6 win over American Samoa in Game 4 of the 2012 IFAF U19 World Championship at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas.

“They were quick, they played awful hard, they had a great scheme, they played up-tempo,” said USA coach Steve Specht of his team’s opponent. “That’s a good football team. I told Pooch (Taase, American Samoa coach) afterwards, ‘you ought to be proud of your kids. They played their hearts out.’

“We had way too many stupid penalties but it was the first time we’ve played together so we’ve got things to clean up but we’ll get better. I was proud of our kids’ effort. They played hard. We’ve just got to get better.”

Jesus Wilson opened the scoring for Team USA with an electrifying 75-yard scamper to give the United States a 6-0 lead 13 seconds into the game.

American Samoa drove to the US 39-yard line on its opening drive before the USA defense forced a punt. The USA offense took over at their own 20 and marched 80 yards in nine plays to extend the lead to 13-0 on a one-yard run by quarterback Brayden Scott. The big play on the drive was a 43-yard pass from Scott to DeMarcus Ayers to put the ball at the one.

American Samoa again drove deep into US territory before linebacker Cory Jasudowich forced a fumble by American Samoa running back Faafounia Sitagta that was recovered by Reggie Chevis to end the threat at the US 16-yard line.

Scott then directed an 84-yard, 15-play drive that ended with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Ayers for a 20-0 lead early in the second quarter.

“It felt really good to be out there,” said Scott. “It’s kind of funny playing a game in the summer but representing my country is something I’d if it was 100,000 degrees. I love representing my country and wearing USA across my chest. Give the credit to our offensive line and our defense. They did a really good job today.”

American Samoa’s next drive found the end zone as quarterback Ben Langford deftly directed his team’s option offense on a 66-yard drive that chewed up four minutes on the clock before Howard Tautu scored from a yard out. The two-point conversion failed and the US lead stood at 20-6 with 5:45 left in the half.

“First of all, I’d like to congratulate Coach Specht and Team USA,” said American Samoa coach Pooh Taase. “We learned a great lesson tonight. They just stopped our rhythm and did a great job getting us out of sync. I just told our kids now, learn from this and let’s come back and play them again in a couple of years.”