Austria arrives at the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship as reigning European champion, reflecting a surge in success for Austrian football in recent years.
The Austrian domestic league is among the most competitive on the continent, led by the Swarco Raiders, who won the 2011 Eurobowl title.
Austria won the European Junior Championship with a 21-14 victory over France. Trailing 14-10 at halftime, the Austrian comeback was led by wide receiver Lauhrino Walch and running back Andreas Hofbauer. Hofbauer, the Tournament MVP, scored three second-half touchdowns.
To reach the semifinals, the Austrians shocked archrival and defending European champion Germany with a 14-7 upset as quarterback Christoph Gubish scored the decisive third-quarter touchdown. Austria also defeated Denmark, 21-16, to earn a place in the gold medal game.
Austria Football Overview
The American Football Bund Österreich was established in 1982 and comprises of tackle football, flag football and cheerleading.
The AFBO has 25 tackle football teams – including three for women – 11 flag football teams and more than 4,500 members. Austrian football includes three divisions, led by the Austrian Football League and a Ladies Division along with seven prep leagues in four age categories.