The U.S. Women’s National Team, led by head coach JOHN KONECKI of Schererville, Ind., will conduct a three-day trial to help select its roster. The padded, full-contact camp is Jan. 25-27 at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas.
Team USA will compete this summer in the 2013 International Federation of American Football Women’s World Championship in Vantaa, Finland.
USA Football is the national governing body of the sport in the United States and the U.S. representative to IFAF. USA Football selects players and coaches who represent the United States in the sport. IFAF unites 64 nations spanning six continents. USA Football fields national teams in men’s, women’s and high school-age tackle as well as men’s and women’s flag football.
Konecki also was head coach of the U.S. Women’s team that won the 2010 gold medal in Stockholm, Sweden. Dates, stadium locations and other qualifying countries for the 2013 tournament will be announced at a later date.
As head coach and offensive coordinator, Konecki has led the Chicago Force of the Women’s Football Alliance to a 34-7 (.829) record in four years, including two straight undefeated regular seasons and a runner-up finish in 2012. He also is the offensive coordinator at Crete-Monee High School in suburban Chicago, helping that team go 56-14 (.800) and qualify for the playoffs in all six of his seasons with the program. In 2012, Crete-Monee went 14-0 in 2012, winning the Illinois Class 6A state championship.
The practices are free and open to the public. Media members are welcome to speak to coaches and players at the end of each session.
U.S. Women’s National Team Trials practice and events schedule:
**ALL EVENTS OPEN TO MEDIA; TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE**
Friday, Jan. 25
Noon to 6 p.m.:Check-in and registration (Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd.)
6 to 7:30 p.m.:Player welcome and orientation (Renaissance Austin Hotel, Wedgewood ball room)
Saturday, Jan. 26
10 a.m. to noon:Practice, Burger Stadium (player and coach availability after session)
12:30 to 2:30 p.m.:Lunch
2:30 to 5:30 p.m.:Practice, Burger Stadium (player and coach availability after session)
Sunday, Jan. 27
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.:Practice, Burger Stadium (player and coach availability after session)
1:15 p.m.:Players depart
USA Football’s national team program is supported by corporate partners Marriott, Riddell, Sports Authority, Rawlings, Gatorade, Upper Deck, Shock Doctor, St. Vincent Sports Performance and Cutters Gloves.
About USA Football: USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. USA Football partners with the NFL, collegiate football conferences, and the National Federation of State High School Associations to advance football’s development. The non-profit manages U.S. national teams for international competition and was endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football’s chairman. For more, visit www.usafootball.com.