Sweden qualified for the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship by claiming third place at the 2011 European Junior Championship with bronze medal game victory over Germany.
Euro finalists in 2008, Sweden overcame a 10-6 halftime deficit against host Spain to win, 28-10, but then lost, 21-14, to France. Facing reigning European champion Germany for the bronze medal and final qualifying spot in Austin, Sweden raced to a 21-point lead and held on to win, 21-14.
In 2009, the Swedes qualified as Europe’s silver medalist and arrived at the inaugural Under-19 event with high hopes, only to open with a 41-0 defeat to Mexico. Sweden regrouped and beat France, 24-14, but then finished sixth with a 14-0 loss to Germany.
SWEDEN Football Overview
The Swedish American Football Federation (Svenska Amerikansk Fotbollsförbundet) is a national sports federation founded in 1984. It has 7,500 active members organized in 76 clubs geographically spread across the country and competing in six age groups: Peewee (up to 13 years old), Under-15, Under-17, Under-19 and seniors. In 2008, the federation also introduced a competition for Under-21. SAFF also actively promotes flag football and the women’s game.
SAFF President Tommy Wiking also is president of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), a position he has held since 2006.