The 2009 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championships is beginning to piece itself together rather quickly. Here are a few recent notes and happenings:
WHO IS IN?
Six of the eight teams have already qualified for the competition. Those teams are: Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Sweden and the United States.
Australia will host New Zealand Saturday with the winner earning the seventh qualifying spot. Panama will host the Bahamas Saturday in Panama City with the winner schedule to play Mexico in Mexico City Feb. 14 for the eight and final spot.
WHERE THEY ARE STAYING
Walsh University is set to become an “International Village” for the eight teams to live and practice at during their stay in Canton. Five of the school’s nine residence halls will be used by the 360 athletes converging for the event.
Walsh will also serve as a media work room and player’s lounge area.
All games will be played at Canton Fawcett Stadium from June 27- July 5.
Riddell will be the official helmet provider for Team USA. Here is some of the press release:
USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, and Riddell announced today that the 80-year-old Chicago-based company is the official football helmet and protective equipment partner for USA Football and its 2009 Junior National Team.
Riddell’s ground-breaking three-year partnership (through 2011) with USA Football marks its first with a national governing body and represents its most significant foray into the youth football community, composed of approximately 3.0 million players and more than 120,000 teams.
Independent non-profit USA Football, based near Washington, D.C., conducts more than 100 annual football training events nationwide offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league administrators. USA Football members – coaches, game officials and league administrators – reside in every state and the District of Columbia.