Junior World Championships 2009

Category: - published 2009-06-26 by IFAF

It is known throughout the world that Canton, Ohio, is the crib of the game.
Games between the world's eight best 19-and-under junior national teams will be played on Saturday, June 27, Wednesday, July 1 and Saturday, July 4, before the Championship Game is contested on Sunday, July 5.

Joining host nation the United States as an automatic qualifier will be Canada. The Canadians will hold the No. 1 seed with the U.S. claiming the No. 2 seed.

"We felt that Canada's exceptional record in international junior competition during recent years warranted the top seed," Wiking added. "The United States is recognized as the home of the sport and is expected to be a strong contender for the championship."

Canada's junior national team has consistently impressed on an international platform by winning the past three NFL Global Junior Championships, held during Super Bowl week from 1997 to 2007. They were also crowned champions in 2000.

Japan will fly the flag for Asia, while countries representing Europe are Germany, Sweden and France who finished first, second and third, respectively, at the 2008 European Junior Championship to qualify. Rounding out the tournament field, New Zealand will represent Oceania after defeating Australia in its regional qualifying game on Jan. 24, while Mexico will be the third Pan-American team following its win against Panama on Feb. 14.

The advent of a junior tackle tournament encompassing four continents and including a nationally selected team from the United States is truly unique in the world of junior international American football. However, several of the federations whose teams will compete in Canton boast many years of experience on the world stage. Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Mexico all took part in the IFAF-sanctioned NFL Global Junior Championship from 1997 to 2007.

The next IFAF Junior World Championship is scheduled for 2012, and it will be held every two years after that.

Free Real-Time Stats, Play-By-Play & Video Available At JWCFootball.com

American football fans around the world can watch and listen to every down of the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship and also follow real-time statistics and a play-by-play when the action kicks off at Fawcett Stadium on Saturday, June 27.

The two-camera feed and action replays that are shown on the in-stadium scoreboard will be streamed free of charge through JWCFootball.com.

The entire tournament experience will be shared with fans eager to follow the fortunes of the eight competing nations. Whether in Canada, France, Japan, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Sweden or one of the 33 US college markets represented on the United States\' roster, football enthusiasts the world over can enjoy the spectacle of the inaugural tournament.

The real-time live stats and play-by-play package will track every down of every game in a professional format and will also provide the IFAF Junior World Championship coaches with comprehensive stats books.

Technology developed by webcasting specialist EZStream™, which provides a platform that makes streaming as easy as pushing a button, will host the broadcasts.

The games will be called by a combination of announcers from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Matt Farago, Dan Reed and Jeff Wink from the Champs Sports Network will share time with Keith Kokinda of Columbus and Adam Mendoza from Cleveland in the broadcast booth.

Kokinda and Mendoza will kick off the coverage at 10am on Saturday when number one seed Canada takes on New Zealand. The Champs Sports Network crew will begin their tenure on the second game day on Wednesday, July 1 and will return for the seventh and fifth place games on Saturday, July 4.

The Bronze Medal and Gold Medal games will be streamed on FoxCollegeSports.com as part of the Fox College Sports live TV broadcast of the games.

Links to the live web stream and stats can be accessed from the home page of the 2009 IFAF Junior World Championship at www.JWCFootball.com.

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