This February, America’s top high school football players will take on the best high school-aged players from around the world. The 2011 U-19 National Team, featuring players committed to top NCAA FBS schools, will face a World Select Team made up of the top players from outside the United States.
Team USA will be led by Cincinnati St. Xavier High School head coach Steve Specht. Past U-19 National Teams have featured players who have gone on to play at NCAA FBS schools such as Texas, Nebraska, LSU, Alabama, Virginia Tech, and Miami (Fla.). The IFAF World Team features players from Mexico, Canada, Japan, American Samoa, Australia, Sweden and Germany, a number of whom are committed to NCAA FBS schools.
The 2012 International Bowl kicks off at 5 p.m. CT at Kelley Reeves Athletic Complex in Austin, Texas.
ABOUT USA FOOTBALL
USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, hosts more than 80 football training events annually offering education for coaches and game officials, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent non-profit 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 $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 (usafootball.com) is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson.
The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) unites 62 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. The IFAF office is located near Paris, France.