The U.S. Women’s Tackle Football National Team defeated Great Britain 42-14 in the Gold Medal Game of the 2022 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Women’s World Championship in Vantaa, Finland, on Sunday, August 7. The U.S. National Team’s 45-player roster earned gold among an IFAF Women’s World Championship field of eight nations across three continents with each game livestreamed to a global audience on The Olympic Channel. All 2022 IFAF Women’s World Championship game statistics, photos and more reside here at the championship’s official website.

Leading the Americans was head coach CALLIE BROWNSON, Chief of Staff and Assistant Wide Receivers Coach for the Cleveland Browns, and her coaching staff possessing more than 90 years of football coaching and playing experience spanning U.S. National Teams, NFL clubs, women’s professional football leagues, and college and high school programs. Brownson also was a player on the 2013 and 2017 U.S. Women’s gold-medal teams.

U.S. Women’s Tackle National Teams, built and managed by USA Football, have now won gold medals at each of the four IFAF World Championships: 2010 (Sweden), 2013 (Finland), 2017 (Canada), and 2022 (Finland).

USA Football is the sport’s national governing body and a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. IFAF is a provisional member of the International Olympic Committee with 72 member nations spanning five continents.

United States 42, Great Britain 14

For the second time in as many games, the U.S Women’s Tackle National Team (3-0) found itself facing an early deficit, and for the second time in as many games, it would rally to claim victory. In Sunday’s title game against Great Britain (2-1), the Americans rebounded from an early 7-0 deficit and shook off a 14-14 halftime tie to score 28 unanswered points in the second half en route to a 42-14 victory.

After stymieing the Great Britain squad on its opening possession, the U.S marched down to the 31-yard line of Great Britain before the drive stalled out. Great Britain struck first two plays later on a 69-yard catch and run for an early 7-0 lead.

Undeterred, the U.S regrouped quickly, moving methodically downfield on a 10-play, 62-yard drive to tie the game on a two-yard dive by QB BRITTANY BUSHMAN (Boston, Mass.) followed by an extra point from ALAINA LANGE (Albany, N.Y.).

After stalling out Great Britain’s next drive, the Americans benefitted from a short punt and their next possession. Bushman went 4-of-4 passing on the drive for 57 yards, including a 23-yard strike down the middle of the field to KATHRYN FLOOR (Beltsville, Md.), and RB ADRIANA GUTIERREZ (San Diego, Calif.) scampered into the endzone with a pass from Bushman from four yards out to cap the 10-play, 64-yard drive, giving the U.S its first lead, 14-7.

A short three-and-out from Great Britain would give the ball back to the Americans with 5:40 remaining in the second quarter from their own 38-yard line. The U.S. moved 24 yards on seven plays before the drive stalled on a sack of Bushman for a turnover on downs. Taking the ball and marching 62 yards downfield on eight plays, Great Britain scored on a five-yard rush, making the score 14-14 at halftime.

The U.S. would start the third quarter with the ball in good field position at their own 48-yard line. A pair of short completions by Bushman and nice runs from DAJAH SCOTT (Fairfax, Va.) helped the Americans move the ball downfield and find paydirt again, this time on a short Bushman pass to STEPHANIE PASCUAL (Boston, Mass.) for a three-yard score. Lange’s kick was good and gave the U.S a 21-14 lead early in the third quarter.

Following a defensive stop, the U.S went back to work on offense, putting together another efficient touchdown drive of 10 plays and 45 yards, buoyed by a balanced air and ground attack. The U.S. march into the Great Britain red zone led to MARIA JACKSON (Twinsburg, Ohio) coming down with a five-yard touchdown catch from Bushman. That TD gave the Americans a 28-14 lead with just under two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, the U.S. extended its lead with a four-play, 68-yard touchdown drive, as Scott busted off a 29-yard scamper and scored on a nine-yard catch and run to push the lead to 35-14 with 10 minutes left to play. The U.S would tack on another TD later in the quarter, as RB CHANTE BONDS (Dorcester, Mass.) found MARIA JACKSON (Twinsburg, Ohio) with a 21-yard touchdown reception off of a halfback for the eventual 42-14 final score.

Bushman finished the game 19-of-27 passing for 201 yards and four touchdown passes. Scott rushed for a game-high 111 yards on 22 attempts and a TD through the air, while Gutierrez rushed for 38 yards on 13 carries and caught a score as well. Defensively, DARCY LESLIE (Chicago, Ill.) led the U.S. with 4.5 tackles, including one in the Great Britain backfield as the Americans pitched a second-half shutout.

2022 IFAF Women’s World Championship Final Standings:

1. United States (3-0) – Gold Medal

2. Great Britain (2-1) – Silver Medal

3. Finland (2-1) – Bronze Medal

4. Canada (1-2)

5. Mexico (2-1)

6. Germany (1-2)

7. Australia (1-2)

8. Sweden (0-3)

2022 U.S. Women’s Tackle National Team Roster (Alphabetical) 

No.; Name; Pos.; Ht.; Wt.; Age; City of Residence

3; Angela Baker; WR; 5’4”; 130; 29; Belleville, N.J.

50; Ashley Beckham; OL; 5’8”; 260; 29; Methuen, Mass.

1; Satoria Bell; LB; 5’10”; 210; 31; Philadelphia, Pa.

21; Chante Bonds; DB; 5’5”; 145; 39; Dorchester, Mass.

57; Leshaunte Bowman; DL; 5’9”; 250; 29; Dallas, Texas

77; Ashley Branch; DL; 6’2”; 295; 25; Baltimore, Md.

8; Brittany Bushman; QB; 5’6”; 150; 36; Boston, Mass.

69; Eboni Chambers; OL; 5’8”; 210; 37; Temecula, Calif.

20; Shanice Cole; DL; 5’11"; 218; 34; Fairfax, Va.

16; Amber Craft; LB; 5’3”; 143; 29; Denver, Colo.

75; Hillary Crook; OL; 5’11”; 260; 34; Norton, Mass.

23; Hannah DeGraffinreed; RB; 5’10”; 195; 32; Charlotte, N.C.

26; Kathryn Floor; WR; 5’7”; 145; 33; Beltsville, Md.

70; Danielle Fournier; DL; 5’10”; 175; 29; North Andover, Mass.

10; Sara Galica; DB; 5’2”; 130; 30; Bountiful, Utah

76; Jennifer Gray; OL; 6’0”; 295; 36; Laurel, Md.

42; Adriana Gutierrez; RB; 5’0”; 125; 25; San Diego, Calif.

14; Lisa Horton; QB; 5’5”; 138; 45; Pittsburgh, Pa.

81; Maria Jackson; WR; 5’6”; 170; 37; Twinsburg, Ohio

66; Stephanie Jeffers; OL; 5’11”; 295; 37; Revere, Mass.

78; Elizabeth Jenkins; OL; 5’ 6”; 220; 41; Rowlett, Texas

7; Alaina Lange; K/P; 5’9”; 140; 35; Albany, N.Y.

45; Krishna Lee; TE; 5’9”; 200; 35; Kansas City, Mo.

14; TaShaun Leigh; DB; 5’8”; 145; 35; Newport News, Va.

92; Quineshia Leonard; DL; 6’2”; 290; 28; Suffolk, Va.

27; Darcy Leslie; LB; 5’7”; 155; 36; Chicago, Ill.

2; Kristen London; DB; 5’9”; 160; 35; Denver, Colo.

34; Gina Magana; RB; 5’1”; 128; 28; Magna, Utah

11; Knengi Martin; QB; 5’11”; 205; 38; Poway, Calif.

18; Mariette Martinez; DB; 5’6”; 150; 28; Malden, Mass.

74; Rachel May; OL; 5’11”; 268; 40; Haltom City, Texas

87; Jana Meister; WR; 5’8”; 135; 40; Marietta, Ohio

65; Tammie Moore; OL; 5’8”; 270; 39; Grapevine, Texas

44; Carla Odom; LB; 5’9”; 180; 42; Atlanta, Ga.

15; Stephanie Pascual; WR; 5’3”; 189; 29; Boston, Mass.

91; Sheena Reed; DL; 5’7”; 315; 30; Eagan, Minn.

4; DAjah Scott; RB; 5’7”; 157; 30; Fairfax, Va,

22; Eshombi Singleton; DB; 5’9”; 165; 39; Dallas, Texas

36;  Shatonya Spicer; DL; 5’8”; 202; 34; Atlanta, Ga.

12; Chantal Thacker; LB; 5’5”; 154; 34; Monrovia, Md.

6; Tori Tucker; QB; 5’9”; 180; 29; Las Cruces, N.M.

38; Clarissa Tullis; DB; 5’4”; 154; 31; Inkster, Mich.

99; Shavonne Verdree; LB; 5’6”; 167; 31; Seattle, Wash.

41; Angie Wells; DB; 5’3”; 130; 36; Philadelphia, Pa.

5; Kira Whisonant; LB; 5’5”; 165; 30; Woodbridge, Va.

13; LaShantel Wilson; DB; 5’9”; 195; 38; Beltsville, Md.

Head Coach: Callie Brownson; Assistant Coaches: Jimmy Farrell (OC/QB), Stephanie Balochko (DC/LB), Jeff Grybash (ST), Becky Worsham (OL), Odessa Jenkins (RB), John Johnson (DL), Fabien Bownes (WR)

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