International Bowl 2012

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IFAF Under-19 World Championship

The International Federation of American Football Under-19 World Championship hosted by USA Football brings together eight teams of high school-age players representing four continents in a celebration of the sport through competition and cultural exchange. The eight-day tournament culminates in a gold-medal championship game.

The inaugural International Federation of American Football Under-19 World Championship kicked off on June 27, 2009, with eight nations represented in Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and birthplace of the NFL. Canada, the United States, Mexico, Japan, Germany, Sweden, France and New Zealand competed for eight days to determine the first Under-19 world champion of American Football.

The United States defeated Canada, 41-3, to earn the gold medal as running back David Wilson (Virginia Tech) rushed for 425 yards and eight touchdowns in three games to earn tournament MVP. Japan took the bronze with Mexico fourth, Germany fifth, Sweden sixth, France seventh and New Zealand eighth.

This year’s event takes place June 30 to July 7 at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas.

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, hosts more than 100 football training events annually, offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent non-profit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football (usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.

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The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) unites 62 countries on five continents through a burgeoning international sport. With national football federations in existence for more than 70 years, IFAF was created in 1998 to organize and further develop the game through international cooperation and global competition. The IFAF office is located near Paris, France.

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