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2009 IFAF Junior World Championship All-Tournament First and Second Teams Announced

From the Junior World Championship Tue, 07/07/2009 - 4:00am

CANTON, OHIO - The 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship All-Tournament first and second teams have been announced following the Gold Medal game that was played at Fawcett Stadium adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.  The selections were made based on a combination of votes cast by the head coaches of the eight competing teams and the tournament statistics.

Japan head coach Takao Yamazaki was named the All Tournament Team head coach having guided his team to a Bronze Medal and a 2-1 finish and Japan was also honored with the Fair Play Team award.

USA running back David Wilson, who rushed for a combined 425 yards and 8 touchdowns during the course of three games, was named the tournament Most Valuable Player as he helped the United States win the Gold Medal game.

The United States led the way with 14 first team all-tournament selections, followed by Germany with five, Canada with three and Japan with two, including quarterback Yuichiro Arakai, who threw for 686 yards and nine touchdowns and only one interception during the course of three games.

ALL-TOURNAMENT FIRST TEAM

QB YUICHIRO ARAKI, JAPAN

RB DAVID WILSON, USA
RB STEVEN LUMBALA, CAN

TE JOHN PLASENCIA, USA

WR JUMPEI YOSHIMOTO, JAPAN
WR JULIAN BAILEY, CANADA

OL ODAY ABUSHI, USA
OL JACK MEWHORT, USA
OL EVAN SWINDALL, USA
OL AARON PRICE, USA
OL KIRBY FABIEN, CANADA

DL LUKAS MULLER, GERMANY
DL PRESTIN BROWN, USA
DL CHRIS HENDERSON, USA
DL BJÖRN WERNER, GERMANY

LB STORM KLEIN, USA
LB CHRIS NORMAN, USA
LB ALEXANDER BORGS, GERMANY

DB SHAMARKO THOMAS, USA
DB MARK NZECHO, GERMANY
DB COREY LILLARD, USA
DB JORDAN POYER, USA

K/P MIKE LOFTUS, USA
PR/KR NIKO LESTER, GERMANY

ALL-TOURNAMENT SECOND TEAM

QB BRYCE PETTY, USA

RB RANDALL PAYNE, GERMANY
RB HAMPUS HELLEMARK, SWEDEN

TE LOAN TEMMING, GERMANY

WR JUAN CARLOS MAYA, MEXICO
WR SHOMA ENDO, JAPAN

OL CARSON ROCKHILL, CANADA
OL DANNY GROULX, CANADA
OL BRIAN WINTERS, USA
OL ALEXANDER ODERBERGER, GERMANY
OL HIROSHI ITO, JAPAN

DL JAKE THOMAS, CANADA
DL TYLER DIPPEL, USA
DL YOSHIAKI FUJII, JAPAN
DL MARTIN SOHLBERG, SWEDEN

LB MEHDI ABDESMAD, CANADA
LB TARIQ EDWARDS, USA
LB BYRON PEREZ-ARCHAMBAULT, CANADA

DB DOCTOR CASSAMA, SWE
DB YUDAI MARUMARA, JAPAN
DB CHRIS PAYNE, USA
DB JEAN-PHILIPPE BOLDUC, CANADA

K/P LIRIM HAJRULLAHU, CANADA
PR/KR ERIK LORA, USA

Media can download video highlights and photographs from the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship at the ftp site: www.pro-amsportsvideos.com/download.html

Please credit Shawn Hubbard Photography when using photos

Follow the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship at www.JWCFootball.com

Media contacts:

Michael Preston, IFAF: 781-363-0305 (cell)
Steve Alic, USA Football: 703-371-6153

About IFAF
The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) unites more than 50 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.  Having conducted Senior World Championships (players aged 20 and older) since 1999 in Europe and Asia, Summer 2009 in Canton, Ohio, represents the first IFAF Junior World Championship (19 years and younger).  The IFAF office is located near Paris, France.  For more, visit www.ifaf.info

About USA Football
Independent non-profit USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions. USA Football hosts more than 100 football training events annually and is comprised of members in all 50 states (coaches, game officials, youth league commissioners).  The organization also provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies.  USA Football, America's sole delegate to the International Federation of American Football, which spans 52 nations and five continents, was started by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund.