International Federation of American Football

The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) is the international governing body of gridiron associations. The IFAF oversees the IFAF World Championship of American Football, which is held every four years. The IFAF became a provisionary member of SportAccord in 2003, and became a full SportAccord member in 2005. The organisation's head office is located in the French commune of La Courneuve, in the Île-de-France region.

International Federation of American Football
Formation1998
TypeSports federation
Headquarters79 Rateau Street
93120 La Courneuve, France
Membership
105 members
President
Richard MacLean
Websitehttps://ifaf.org/

Structure and organization

The IFAF recognizes in their respective areas the following branches:[1][2]

Member nations

  •  Algeria
  •  Botswana
  •  Egypt
  •  Ethiopia
  •  Ghana
  •  Morocco
  •  Nigeria
  •  South Africa
  •  Sudan
  •  Uganda
  •  Zimbabwe

Americas (21)

  •  Argentina
  •  Bahamas
  •  Brazil
  •  Canada
  •  Cayman Islands
  •  Chile
  •  Colombia
  •  Costa Rica
  •  El Salvador
  •  Guatemala
  •  Haiti
  •  Honduras
  •  Mexico
  •  Nicaragua
  •  Panama
  •  Paraguay
  •  Peru
  •  Puerto Rico
  •  United States
  •  Uruguay
  •  Venezuela

Asia (27)

  •  Bangladesh
  •  Cambodia
  •  Chinese Taipei
  •  India
  •  Indonesia
  •  Laos
  •  Japan
  •  Jordan
  •  Guam
  •  Kazakhstan
  •  Kyrgyzstan
  •  Kuwait
  •  Malaysia
  •  Maldives
  •  Mongolia
  •  Myanmar
  •    Nepal
  •  Pakistan
  •  Philippines
  •  Qatar
  •  Saudi Arabia
  •  Singapore
  •  Sri Lanka
  •  South Korea
  •  Tajikistan
  •  Thailand
  •  Turkmenistan
  •  Uzbekistan

Europe (41)

Oceania (4)

Top competitions

Governance controversy and schism

Following the cancellation of the 2015 IFAF World Championship in Sweden for financial reasons, the event was moved to the United States. In February 2015 Tommy Wiking resigned as president of IFAF due to the cancellation of the event. During the 2015 meeting, Tommy Wiking was illegitimately put as President, and caused a schism. One group, in New York, elected Roope Norenen as interim president in September 2014, and Richard MacLean in 2015. The other group, based in Paris, recognized Tommy Wiking as president.

In September 2016, "IFAF in Paris" suspended six nations for not submitting players information for anti-doping, The suspended nations were the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Finland, and Denmark. A group of European federations wished for a reunification of the sport during a December 2016 meeting in Rome.[3] In May 2017, "IFAF in Paris" stripped USA Football of their membership due to not following anti-doping and releasing players' information.[4] They were replaced by the United States Federation of American Football. The event at the 2017 World Games was run by the Paris group, while the "IFAF New York" group ran the Women's World Championship in 2017. In September 2017, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had determined that Wiking had officially resigned as president.[5]

On 1 March 2018, MacLean was declared the legitimate president of IFAF via a final ruling by CAS, according to a letter issued by MacLean and IFAF.[6]

IFAF stated in a letter that CAS had issued its full arbitral award and ruled that the election of Noronen as interim president at the 2015 IFAF congress in Canton, Ohio, was valid and that MacLean was duly elected president of IFAF 17 September 2016 and is IFAF's current president. The CAS ruling allowed IFAF to move forward as a united governing body. The previous rulings of "IFAF in Paris" were ruled void.

See also

References

  1. ^ "IFAF Congress ratifies new structure". usafootball.com. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ Kelly, Roger (18 August 2014). "Structural changes on the horizon for American Football in Europe". AmericanFootballInternational.com. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  3. ^ "European federations attempt to reunify American football with series of measures following crunch Rome meeting". 9 December 2016. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  4. ^ "USA Football not anymore National Governing Body of American Football in USA". IFAF. 2017-05-09. Retrieved 2017-11-29.
  5. ^ Etchells, Daniel (4 October 2017). "CAS rule that Wiking did resign as President of IFAF in 2015 but confusion continues as who is in charge". Inside the Games. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  6. ^ "IFAF Unified! Court of Arbitration rules Richard MacLean is President of IFAF". American Football International. 2018-03-02. Retrieved 2018-03-20.

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American football at the Summer Olympics

American football was featured in the Summer Olympic Games demonstration programme in 1904 and 1932. College football was played at the 1904 Olympics, which was played at Francis Field, but was, in reality, college teams playing each other as part of their regular seasons. The sport was eventually played officially as a demonstration sport only once, in 1932. Though American football has not been played in the Olympics since then, various American football players have participated in the Olympics. The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) oversees the IFAF World Championship, which is an international tournament, which itself is held every four years.In 2013, The International Olympic Committee gave provisional recognition to The International Federation of American Football, setting up a possible vote on its future participation in the Olympics. In 2015, American Football wasn't included in the 2020 additions.

Canada national football junior team

The Canada national football junior team represent Canada in international gridiron football competitions. The football program is part of the football development program and is controlled by Football Canada and is recognized by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). While Football Canada is the governing body for amateur Canadian football, IFAF-sponsored games are played using American football rules. They competed for their first IFAF Junior World Cup in 2009.Canada has also developed the Canada national football junior team as an elite developmental program which participates in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Under-19 World Championship planned to be held every 2 years. This tournament was previously known as the IFAF Junior World Cup.

Canada national football team

The Canada national football team represent Canada in international gridiron football competitions. It is controlled by Football Canada and is recognized by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). While Football Canada is the governing body for amateur Canadian football, IFAF-sponsored games are played using American football rules. They competed for their first IFAF World Championship in 2011.Canada has also developed the Canada national football junior team which is an elite developmental program which participates in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Under-19 World Championship planned to be held every 2 years. This tournament was previously known as the IFAF Junior World Cup. Canada won the 2012 Under-19 championship, upsetting the favourite and host team, the United States, to give the US national team its only loss to date in international competition.

Egypt national American football team

Egyptian League of American Football was founded in 2013 and has been spreading the game in Egypt since then. It was granted a full membership by IFAF in 2014.

The Egyptian League of American football is the country's top league, which is composed of 6 teams. The country's national team had its first match on 13 December 2014 against the Moroccan national team at the GUC stadium for the qualifications of the 2015 IFAF World Championship; The team lost 26-6.

Football Canada

Football Canada is the governing body for amateur Canadian football. It is Canada's representative member of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), the world's governing body for American football, although it focuses primarily on the Canadian form of the game. Football Canada is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario.

Gridiron football

Gridiron football, also known as North American football or, in North America, simply football, is a football sport primarily played in the United States and Canada. American football, which uses 11-player teams, is the form played in the United States and the best known form of gridiron football worldwide, while Canadian football, featuring 12-player teams, predominates in Canada. Other derivative varieties include indoor football, football for smaller teams (most commonly eight players), and informal games such as touch and flag football. Football is played at professional, collegiate, semi-professional, and amateur levels.

The sport originated in the 19th century out of older games related to modern rugby football and soccer (association football). American and Canadian football developed alongside each other and were originally more distinct before Canadian teams adopted features of the American game. Both varieties are distinguished from other football sports by their use of hard plastic helmets and shoulder pads, the forward pass, the system of downs, a number of unique rules and positions, measurement in customary units of yards (even in Canada, which mostly metricated in the 1970s, yards are still used), and a distinctive brown leather ball in the shape of a prolate spheroid with pointed ends.

The international governing body for the sport is the International Federation of American Football (IFAF); although the organization plays all of its international competitions under American rules, it uses a definition of the game that is broad enough that it includes Canadian football under its umbrella, and Football Canada (the governing body for Canadian football) is an IFAF member.

IFAF Africa

IFAF Africa is the governing body of American football in Africa. It is a member of the International Federation of American Football.

IFAF Americas

IFAF Americas is the federation that governs the sport of American football in the Americas and qualifies teams from North America, Central America, the Caribbean and South America in the IFAF World Cup. It replaced the Pan American Federation of American Football (PAFAF) in 2012.

IFAF Asia

IFAF Asia is the governing body of American football in Asia. It is a member of the International Federation of American Football. IFAF Asia replaced the Asian Federation of American Football (AFAF) in 2012.The oldest of IFAF Asia federations is the Japan American Football Association (JAFA), which was founded in 1934.

IFAF Europe

IFAF Europe is the governing body of American football in Europe. It is a member of the International Federation of American Football. IFAF Europe replaced the European Federation of American Football (EFAF) in 2014.IFAF Europe organises two competitions: the European Championship for male national teams and the European Junior Championship for 16- to 19-year-olds.

IFAF Flag Football World Championship

The IFAF Flag Football World Championship is the international championship in flag football, organized by International Federation of American Football. The men's and women's competitions are usually held in the same venue.

IFAF Oceania

IFAF Oceania is the governing body of American football in Oceania. It is a member of the International Federation of American Football. IFAF Oceania replaced the Oceania Federation of American Football (OFAF) in 2012.

IFAF U-19 World Cup

The IFAF U19 World Cup is the world championship of American football for players under the age of 19 organized by the International Federation of American Football. It was announced on June 2008 and the first competition started on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at Canton, Ohio. The tournament replaced the eleven-year running NFL Global Junior Championship and is held every two years.

IFAF Women's World Championship

The IFAF Women's World Championship is the international championship for women in American football. The first event was held in 2010, in Stockholm, Sweden, with six countries competing. The United States took home the gold while not letting any team they played score. The second event was held in 2013, with Vantaa, Finland, hosting the games. The United States swept the competitors again, winning the gold medal. Third event was played in 2017 with Canada as the host nation. USA took the gold medals for the third time again beating the host nation Canada in the final.

In December 2018 IFAF announced that Finland will host the final tournament in 2021.

IFAF World Championship

The IFAF World Championship of American Football (also known as the IFAF World Cup) is an international gridiron competition held every four years and contested by teams representing member nations. The competition is run by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), the international governing body for the sport. Seventy-one nations have a national American football team. The most recent tournament in 2015, there were seven teams in the tournament.

The defending champions are the United States, who won the 2015 championship after winning both the 2007 and 2011 editions. The American team did not participate in the World Cup until 2007 and won every tournament ever since. Prior to American participation, Japan won the 1999 and 2003 championships.

The championship was held in Italy in 1999, in Germany in 2003, in Kawasaki, Japan in 2007, and in Austria in 2011. The 2015 IFAF World Championship was originally going to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, however local organizers had to cancel the event due to lack of sponsorship. The 2015 tournament was played in Canton, Ohio, United States.

International football

International football generally refers to association football matches between representative national teams carried out under the regulation of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). It can also refer to :

International Federation of American Football (IFAF)

International rules football

Tunisia national American football team

The Tunisia national American football team (Arabic: منتخب تونس لكرة القدم الأمريكية‎), nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage or The Carthage Eagles), represents Tunisia in international American football competitions .

USA Football

USA Football is the national governing body for amateur American football in the United States. It is an independent non-profit based in Indianapolis, Indiana. USA Football hosts more than 100 training events annually and offers education programs for coaches and game officials, as well as skill development for young players and resources for youth league administrators. The organization awards more than $1,000,000 in equipment grants to youth leagues and high schools each year based on merit and need along with additional resources. USA Football also offers up to $500,000 in subsidies for volunteer youth coach background checks.

USA Football was endowed by the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association in 2002.

In May 2017, the International Federation of American Football stripped its recognition of USA Football, citing disputes over anti-doping enforcement. The IFAF instead recognized the United States Federation of American Football as the USA's governing body, and the USFAF organized a team to participate in the 2017 World Games, in which it won a bronze medal.

A rival body also calling itself the International Federation of American Football continued to recognize USA Football and organized the 2017 Women's World Championships, which the USA won.In March 2018, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) determined that the rival IFAF organization was the proper governing entity and voided all decisions of the other IFAF entity, including their decision to strip USA Football of its recognition. USA Football is currently the internationally recognized governing body for American football in the United States.

World University American Football Championship

The World University American Football Championship is an international college American football competition sponsored by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and sanctioned by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). The 1st World University American Football Championship was held from May 1 to May 11, 2014 in Uppsala, Sweden.

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