The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) has invited 32 officials to take charge of the 12 games to be played at the inaugural 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio, this summer.
Looking for a dark horse for the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship?
Cast an eye in the direction of Japan, where they have been playing the sport they call American football for 75 years.
Only New Zealand will have further to travel to Canton, Ohio, than Japan, but don't expect distance and the effects of jetlag after a 12-hour flight to knock this team out of its stride.
The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) has announced the seeding that determines the first-round opponents for teams participating at the inaugural 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship. Eight nations representing four continents will compete at Fawcett Stadium at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, from June 27 to July 5.