2017 WWC Australian Officials

Gridiron Australia would like to congratulate the following Australian Gridiron Officials Association (AGOA) Officials on their appointment to represent Australia at the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championship to be held in Langley, Canada from 24th-30th June 2017.

There can be no greater honour than to represent your country and being selected to officiate at this event should be considered an excellent achievement.

We wish you all the very best of luck!

BARBARA JOHNSON – Barbara Johnson is a long standing state and national official with previous experience at International level. Barbara comes from the Australian state of Queensland, where she likes to tell us the weather is beautiful one day and perfect the next.  She has been officiating in Australia since 1993 and has previously worked in the Australian Gridiron League including the Junior National Championships on the Gold Coast in April this year, where she was on the Finals crew. As a result of this tournament she qualified as a National level official.  Barbara has previously worked the Women’s Word Cup in 2009 and the World Games in 2005.  Barbara is also the Deputy General Secretary of the IAFOA (International American Football Officials Association) and Secretary of the Queensland Gridiron Officials Association.

 Clauda Resstell is from the Australian state of Victoria where she is an active and experienced Official. She started officiating games in Melbourne in 2011. She has previously worked in Australian Gridiron League competitions including the Senior Men’s competition in 2014, and the Junior Men’s competition in Perth in 2015.  She also worked the ACT/NSW/Victoria interstate women’s game in Canberra in 2016. This is Claudia’s first international competition. Claudia is looking forward to experience of Canada and the camaraderie of the IFAF Women’s World Cup 2017.

Anthony (Tony) Connor is from the Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory where he is a regular state level official frequently working in Referee, Umpire and Centre Judge roles. Tony has been officiating since 2003 first as a part time official and in the past four years he has moved into full time officiating.  He has worked in the Australian Gridiron League at the Junior Nationals in Perth in 2014, Senior Men’s Nationals in 2016.  He qualified as a National level official in 2016. This is Tony’s first international competition.  He believes his strength in officiating is “… being able to build a rapport with both teams, the ability to show control and poise when dealing in often tense and elevated situations, and the ability to accurately and apply the rules and penalties.”



Support the Australian Outback Women’s National Team

The Australian Outback National Women’s Gridiron Team will be competing for the very first time in the IFAF Women’s World Championship of American Football which will be held in Langley, British Columbia from the 24-30 June 2017!

This is a historic event for the sport of Gridiron in Australia – the FIRST EVER Australian Outback Women’s National Gridiron Team to compete on the world stage!  American Football in this country is a minority sport and the sport for Australian women, is very young with the first clubs commencing only around 7 years ago – funding is very scarce.  All of the travel squad including players, coaches and support staff will pay their own way to attend the preparation camp and tournament – this will cost thousands!

Much needed funds are required to assist the team and any media exposure, donations or sponsorship would be gratefully appreciated.  In turn, we would certainly ensure that the Australian Outback National Team and Gridiron Australia Social Media accounts and Websites give thanks and visibility to any company or person who has supported us.



If you wish to support SA, NSW, WA or ACT please go to the individual players account.


Applications for Head Coach Women’s Australian National Representative Team

womens world championshipGridiron Australia is calling for applications from suitably qualified coaches who are interested in becoming part of the Women’s Australian National Representative Team which will be looking to compete in the 2017 IFAF Women’s World Championship. Applicants are being sought for Head Coach, Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Coordinators and Positional Coaches.

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IFAF Women’s World Championship 2013 Application Procedure

After mutually agreeing with Football Canada on cancelling the plans to host the event in Canada, IFAF is reopening the application process to host and organize the

2nd IFAF Women’s World Championship 2013

Application deadlines:

  • August 15, 2012: Formal application together with an application fee of 500 Euros

Application Content

Applications must include a minimum of the following points:

  1. Application letter indicating which tournament applicant wishes to host
  2. Application fee of 500 Euros
  3. Signed hosting contract
  4. Hosting concept
  5. Host city and international airport
  6. Game venues
  7. Practise venues
  8. Accommodation
  9. Meals
  10. Local transportation plan
  11. Host Broadcaster (*)
  12. Environmental plan
  13. Budget
  14. Hosting concept of IFAF Congress

(*) All games must be produced at a minimum through an internet feed.

Applications may not include personal benefits to IFAF executives or other promises not directly involving the competition in question.

Minimum Hosting Requirements

Local Organizing Committee (LOC) will provide the following:

  1. Residence and lodging for the (45 players + 15 coaches/staff) for the participating
  2. Federations/Associations for the time of their stay in the hosting country starting with the evening of the day of arrival and ending with breakfast on the day of departure.
  3. Bus transportation to and from the nearest international airport to the hosting city, Bus transportation to and from the hotel to game venues.
  4. Organization of the stadium.
  5. Advertising and public relations.
  6. Residence and lodging for referees (no per diem).
  7. VIP-hospitality.
  8. Pay a sanction fee to IFAF of 5,000 Euros (minimum).
  9. Conference room for 2-3 days for IFAF Congress including lunch.
  10. IFAF Congress Dinner.
  11. Airport pick-up service for IFAF member federation representatives.

In return the host receives all income from ticket sales, local sponsorship revenue, catering and marketing according to the IFAF regulations.

There remains the option to charge accommodation costs to the participants.

The IFAF Executive Committee expects to have a tournament based on minimum of six (6) teams.

The decision on the hosting country will be taken by the IFAF Executive Board of Directors latest in September 2012.

Special financial policy for Women’s Tournaments

At the first edition of the Women’s World Championship the participating teams paid their own accommodation costs. IFAF will still accept valid applications, which include this policy, but prefer applicants to offer to pay for the accommodation of the participants.

Remark on the deposit

The deposit will be kept by IFAF as application fee. The applicant can use in the application phase the wording: “Official applicant city of IFAF Women’s World Championship 2013”.

Remark on the sanction fee

The sanction fee has to be paid for the right to host and organize the tournament. The sanction fee is a separate fee from application fee.

Attachment:  Women’s World Championship 2013 Reopening Applications