Attendees at the 15th annual IFAF Congress
The 15th annual International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Congress held in Austin, Texas, voted to accept a new governance structure that will change the face of the sport internationally.
A total of 33 member countries from six continents attended the IFAF Congress and elibilbe voting members agreed to put in place a new structure that will see IFAF Europe, IFAF Asia, IFAF Africa, IFAF Americas and IFAF Oceania replace the existing continental federations. Elections were also held to identify individuals who will take IFAF forward on those continents.
IFAF President Tommy Wiking was reelected for a third term by a unanimous vote and will head a new five-person IFAF Presidium and a 12-person IFAF Executive Board, which includes the Chairmen of the continental federations and two members of the IFAF Athletes Commission.
"I am delighted that the IFAF members have again elected me as their President and put trust in my guidance and leadership," said Wiking. "This is a very important time for IFAF with a period of change that is for the betterment of the game and the appeal we have made to earn International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognition."
Elected alongside Wiking as members of the IFAF Presidium were Senior Vice President Makoto Kaneuji (Japan), Vice President Roope Noronen (Finland), Treasurer Scott Hallenbeck (USA) and Secretary Elesa Zehndorfer (Great Britain).
Elected to the IFAF Executive Board as Chairmen of their respective continental committees were Michael Eschlboeck (IFAF Europe), Augustine Okoye (IFAF Africa), Pierre Robinette (IFAF Americas), Dr. KK Park (IFAF Asia) and Michael Ryan (IFAF Oceania).
The IFAF family of international federations swelled to 64 nations as Kuwait and Puerto Rico were welcomed as new members.
IFAF members also elected chairmen for Officiating, Competitions and Technical Committees along with additional positions within each IFAF continental federation.
IFAF member federations present at the 2012 IFAF Congress were: American Samoa, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and USA.