University of Texas, Austin Sports Commission welcome Football's 2012 Under-19 World Championship to AustinSteve Alic, Director of Communications Thu, 04/26/2012 - 9:58am
Representatives from eight Under-19 national teams in football spanning four continents
TOMMY WIKING, International Federation of American Football (IFAF) president
DR. LAURENCE CHALIP, University of Texas director of sport management
SCOTT HALLENBECK, USA Football executive director
MATTHEW PAYNE, Austin Sports Commission executive director
IFAF leaders and membership from eight countries across four continents announce that the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship will be held in Austin this summer. The tournament is one of six exciting events that together comprise the first World Football Festival involving more than 2,000 athletes and coaches.
The tournament, to be played June 30 through July 7, will determine football’s world champion on the Under-19 level. The United States won the first IFAF Under-19 World Championship in 2009 in Canton, Ohio, posting a 3-0 record in the eight-team tournament. NFL Draft prospect and Virginia Tech running back DAVID WILSON led the U.S. offense with 427 rushing yards and eight touchdowns to earn tournament MVP honors.
Sixty-two countries across six continents comprise IFAF, each possessing a national federation of sport dedicated solely to American football.
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Countries whose national teams in football will compete for the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship:
- American Samoa
- United States
The IFAF Under-19 World Championship is part of the World Football Festival, which will take place in Austin from June 22 to July 12 throughout the city. Events and competitions include:
- Under-15 International Development Week, June 28 to July 5, Whitaker Fields at University of Texas
- NFL FLAG powered by USA Football Regional Tournament, June 30 and July 1, Whitaker Fields at U. of Texas
- USA Football 7-on-7 Tournament, June 30, Ellie Noack Field Sports Complex
- Under-17 International Development Week, July 5-12, Whitaker Field at University of Texas
- U.S. Under-19 National Team Trials, July 5-8, Ellie Noack Field Sports Complex
About USA Football: USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 100 football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.