IFAF on 07/09/2011

Defending world champion the United States will kick off the fourth IFAF Senior World Championship of American football against Australia at 3pm Central European Time (9am US EDT) in the picturesque Austrian city of Innsbruck.

Eight national teams from four continents - Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico and USA - will battle for the right to call themselves World Champions over 16 games played during a period of nine days.  The Gold Medal Game will be played on Saturday, July 15 at the 50,000-seat Ernst Happel Stadium in the nation's capital Vienna. 

"The true world champion of our sport will be crowned here in Austria this summer for the fourth time, joining the Japanese team that triumphed in 1999 and 2003 and the reigning champion from 2007, the United States," said IFAF President TOMMY WIKING.

"We are delighted to be here in the cities of Graz, Innsbruck and Vienna in the beautiful country of Austria.  The American Football Bund Österreich has worked tirelessly during the past two years to host this event and we recognize and applaud the hard work and tireless effort produced by Michael Eschlböck and his staff.  There will be touchdowns, celebrations, winners and losers, but the true winners here will be the sport of American football and its loyal fans."

Also in Group A action on Friday is European champion Germany, who face Mexico at 7pm (1pm ET), at the Tivoli Stadium in Innsbruck.  

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Group B kicks off on Saturday, July 9 at the UPC Arena in Graz when host nation Austria takes on Japan at 3pm, followed by a 7pm clash between France and Canada.

The two group winners will meet in the Gold Medal Game at the Ernst Happel Stadium in the nation's capital Vienna on Saturday, July 16 at 7pm.  The two group runners up will meet for the Bronze Medal in Vienna at 7pm on Friday, July 15.  Third place finishers (3pm on July 16) and fourth place finishers (3pm on July 15) will also progress to placement games in Vienna.

Media may download IFAF Senior World Championship Records and all-time results from the three previous finals here: http://www.ifaf.org/articles/view/752

The majority of games will be aired on ORF television in Austria and across the European continent by Eurosport 2 and some games will be available via a webcast on www.IFAF.org

For football fans unable to access either the TV coverage or webcast due to international broadcasting restrictions, a daily highlight show focusing on each day’s games will be available, along with previews and features at the IFAF YouTube site www.YouTube.com/IFAFinsider. 

Live scoring updates and details of key plays from all games will keep fans informed through www.Facebook.com/IFAF.org and Twitter @IFAFinsider.



Other Media

Capsules Games 1 & 2.pdf (345 KB)

Game Capsules: USA vs. Australia, Germany vs. Mexico.