FOUR U.S. OFFICIALS SELECTED FOR WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

USA Football on 06/21/2010

2010 IFAF Women's World Championship

2010 IFAF Women's World Championship

Four football game officials from the United States are among the group of 15 women officials selected to officiate in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Women's World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, from June 27-July 3. LAURIE JORDAN, ANNALEE D. MCPHILOMY, ERIN MEEHAN and CRYSTAL NICHOLS will join 11 more officials from six other countries for the sport's first women's world championship.

The officials were selected by IFAF, led by its officiating committee chairman and NFL umpire TONY MICHALEK. The countries represented on the tournament's officiating roster are Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Serbia and the United States. The U.S. representatives bring experience from the youth, high school, collegiate and professional levels and are leaders in their officiating communities.

"The four women selected from the USA have worked hard to overcome obstacles in the traditional man's world of officiating," Michalek said. "I am proud of these women's accomplishments and their great passion for officiating."

"This is the best feeling and honor in football ever," Nichols said of her selection. "It feels like I have accomplished my goal in life as a football official. I'm looking forward to doing a really good job. It's an incredible feeling."

U.S. Officials Selected for IFAF Women's World Championship:

Official                            Hometown                      Level                     

Laurie Jordan                   Warren, Ill,                     High School (Ill.)     

Annalee D. McPhilomy       Jackonsville, Fla.             HS, NCCA Division III          

Erin Meehan                     Ft. Lauderdale,Fla.           MEAC, Broward Country Football Officials Association

Crystal Nichols                 Los Angeles, CA              HS, College, Semi-Pro in Souther California 

USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, assembled and is managing America's first women's national team in the sport in partnership with the Independent Women's Football League (IWFL), which kicked off its 10th season this spring and consists of more than 1,800 female athletes across 51 teams. USA Football's 2010 Women's National Team will represent the United States among the historic tournament's six-nation field. National teams competing for the competition's gold medal are Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Sweden and the United States.

Seeding for the six nations that will send their 45-player women's national teams to Scandinavia was determined based on the number of female football participants in each country established by data recorded in the 2009 IFAF Benchmarking Study: 

SEED

COUNTRY

1.

United States

2.

Canada

3.

Germany

4.

Austria

5.

Finland

6.

Sweden

The six-country tournament field will compete at the Zinkensdamms IP Stadium in Stockholm in the following groups:

GROUP A

 

GROUP B

United States

 

Canada

Austria

 

Germany

Finland

 

Sweden

2010 IFAF Women's World Championship schedule

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Teams arrive

Sunday, June 27, 2010

USA vs. Austria

Sweden vs. Canada

Monday, June 28

Rest day / Teams inactive on previous day have option to arrive

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Finland vs. Austria

Germany vs. Sweden

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Canada vs. Germany

USA vs. Finland

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Fifth Place game

Bronze Medal game

Gold Medal game