America’s First Women’s National Team in Football Vies for 2010 IFAF Women’s World Championship in Stockholm
Football history will be made in Stockholm, Sweden, next summer.
USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, will assemble and manage America’s first women’s national team in the sport. Forty-five (45) of America’s best female athletes will comprise USA Football’s 2010 Women’s National Team, which will compete in the first International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Women’s World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, from June 26-July 4, 2010.
Six countries, including the United States, will participate in the landmark tournament. Paris-based IFAF, the sport’s international federation, will announce the six-nation field by December 1.
Women’s tackle football, a growing segment within a burgeoning international sport, is played competitively in Austria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Venezuela and the United States.
Team USA players will be selected from the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL), which consists of more than 1,800 female athletes on 51 teams across North America. USA Football, with assistance from the IWFL, will select and announce the team’s coaching staff and player roster by Feb. 1, 2010. The IWFL is an official sport partner of USA Football. USA Football’s Women’s National Team will be outfitted in Riddell equipment. Chicago-based Riddell is the official helmet and protective equipment partner of USA Football’s national teams.
Underscoring football’s popularity among females, more than 350 American high schools offered girls-specific football programs in the 2008-09 school year, compared to 70 in 1996-97. In addition, the IWFL kicks off its 10th season of play next spring and according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, more than 120,000 American females played tackle football at least 26 times in 2008.
“USA Football shares in the great anticipation for this historic world championship,” said USA Football Executive Director SCOTT HALLENBECK. “Football unites Americans like few other things and countries around the globe mirror our passion for the sport. A multi-national women’s world championship underscores the game’s rapidly ascending popularity. We look forward to competing for a gold medal in Stockholm.”
With national football federations in existence worldwide for decades, IFAF, the sport’s international federation, was created in 1998 to organize and further develop the game through global cooperation and competition. IFAF is comprised of 57 member nations on five continents, all of which possess national federations dedicated solely to American football. USA Football is the United States’ delegate to IFAF.
About USA Football
USA Football, the sport’s national governing body on youth and amateur levels, hosts more than 100 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 57 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. For more, visit IFAF.org.