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IFAF Newsletter WWC 2010-01

22.06.10

Autor: AGebek | Kategorie: Press relations

SWEDEN WELCOMES FIRST INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Six teams from around the world prepare to compete at the Zinkensdamms IP Stadium when history will be made on the gridiron from June 26 to July 4, 2010

TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010 – PARIS, FRANCE – The world’s best female American Football players will converge on Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden this week, from June 26 to July 4 for the inaugural International Federation of American Football (Ifafa) Women’s World Championship.

American football’s female athletes representing the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Finland and Sweden will compete at the Zinkensdamms IP Stadium in Stockholm in the following groups:

Group A
USA
Austria
Finland

Group B
Canada
Germany
Sweden

The 2010 IFAF Women’s World Championship will kick off on Sunday, June 27 when number one seed USA takes on Austria and host Sweden faces number two seed Canada. Austria will be in action again on Tuesday, June 29 against Finland, along with Sweden against Germany.

Games featuring Canada versus Germany and USA against Finland on Thursday, July 1 will complete the group play. The top teams in each group will meet in the IFAF Women’s World Championship Gold Medal Game on Saturday, July 3 following the Bronze Medal and fifth placed games.

Each of the six teams will face group opponents for the first time in history in women’s American football, but international competition within the women’s game is not without precedent since two previous games have been played in Scandinavia. Finland hosted Sweden in 2008, winning 64-0 in Helsinki and again in 2009 when the Swedes played host to their neighbors as Finland triumphed again, this time by a score of 36-6.

“Women’s tackle football is growing steadily in popularity and now IFAF is delighted to kick off this historic first ever international tournament in the history of our sport,” said IFAF President TOMMY WIKING, who is also the President of the hosting Swedish American Football Federation (Svenska Amerikansk Fotbollsförbundet).

“It will be interesting to discover the rate of development of the women’s game when these six countries take the field. Other sports have grown and flourished as a result of their members entering competition and over time the margin of competitiveness has narrowed. IFAF sees this tournament as a starting point for the women’s game to prosper internationally and it is also an important component in our quest to see American football recognized as an Olympic sport.

The first-ever IFAF Women’s Conference will be held in conjunction with the IFAF Women’s World Championship on Friday, July 2 from 10:00 to 17:00 at the Zinkensdamms IP in Stockholm, Sweden.

With the goal of increasing female participation in the sport and raising the profile of the women’s game, the conference will provide a platform for knowledge sharing among countries with established women’s programs and those interested in learning more about developing women’s football.

For any questions regarding the conference contact IFAF Development Manager Jack Reed: jreed@usafootball.com.

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

Team information:

USA Football’s Women’s National Team will represent the United States in Stockholm. USA Football’s team was assembled in partnership with the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL), which consists of more than 1,800 female athletes across 51 teams. This roster will represent the United States’ first women’s national team in America’s favorite sport. According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, more than 120,000 American females played tackle football at least 26 times in 2008.

Team USA is led by John Konecki, an accomplished coaching veteran within the IWFL and high school football. The head coach of IWFL’s Chicago Force, Konecki was named the league’s 2009 Western Conference All-Star Team coaching staff. He also serves as the offensive coordinator of Cret-Monee High School in Crete, Illinois – 35 miles south of Chicago.

Team USA is holding a training camp from Saturday, June 19 to Wednesday, June 23 and will depart for Sweden on June 24.

Selection for the Canada National Team is complete as the final 45 players have been established. 90 players participated in one of two regional camps during March in Saskatoon, SK, and Oromocto, NB. The selected players then attended the final camp in Saint John, NB, before heading to Sweden at the end of June. The team is made up of players from nine teams with 13 players from Saint John and nine from Winnipeg. The other teams represented are Fredericton, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Moncton, Saskatoon, and Halifax.

Head Coach Larry Harlow, who was one of the founders of the New Brunswick Women’s Football League, the New Brunswick Jr. Girls Football League and the Maritime Women’s Football League, will lead the Canadian challenge. He is currently the Head Coach of the Saint John Storm, a team he has transformed from last place into undefeated Maritime Champions.

Germany has selected a 45 person squad that includes 35 players from their Division I teams and 10 players from Division II. Players represent 13 different teams with the most from the Munich Cowboys and German Ladies Bowl finalists Berlin Kobras with seven players apiece. The Dresden Diamonds have also contributed five players, while the Hamburg Amazons, Mainz Lady Warriors and Muelheim provided four. More than 120 players attended tryouts in Cologne and 75 women were selected to attend a follow-up camp in early 2010 where the final 45 player roster was selected. The women’s league began in 1990 and the first official German Championship game – the Ladies Bowl – was played in 1992. Since 2008 the German women’s league has featured two divisions and for the 2010 season has 20 teams and approximately 750 players.

Women’s American Football has been played in Austria since 1997 and the Austrian Football Division Ladies features four teams from two countries: the Black Widows from Graz, Budapest Wolves Ladies from Hungary, Raiffeisen Vikings Ladies from Vienna and Rangers Roughnecks from Südstadt. The Austrian Ladies Bowl was first played in 2000 when the Black Widows won the first of three consecutive titles and since then the Vikings Ladies have won the past seven championship games. Cameron Frickey, a native of the United States and former wide receiver for the Vienna Vikings, will coach Austria.

Women’s football has a long tradition in Finland. Women started to play 9-on-9 flag football in the late 1980s, but rules evolved towards allowing contact, which eventually led to a move to tackle football. Finland head coach Teemu Kuusisto has a long history of coaching Finland’s national teams and top club teams. The GS Demons and Roosters, both from Helsinki, provide most of the starters for the national team and have dominated Ladies football in recent history, contesting the last seven national finals. Finland has six teams competing in their own domestic league.

Women’s football in Sweden is in its infancy with three club teams – Stockholm Mean Machines, Arlanda Jets and Limhamn Griffins -operating since the formation of a national team in 2008. The national team has twice faced neighbor Finland in friendly competition, improving in 2009 with a 36-6 loss following on from a 64-point shutout defeat a year earlier. Sweden’s female players have played flag football and also integrated with country’s men’s teams for the past decade.

For further information regarding the participating national federations, please contact:

USA: Steve Alic salic@USAFootball.com
USA Football: www.USAFootball.com

Canada: Paul Stoddard communications@FootballCanada.com
Shannon Donovan operations@footballcanada.com
Football Canada: www.FootballCanada.com

Germany: Christiane Langkamm c.langkamm@afvd.de
Andreas Gebek a.gebek@afvd.de
American Football Verband Deutschland: www.AFVD.de

Austria: Daniel Fettner daniel.fettner@afboe.at
Fouad Lilabadi foud.lilabadi@afboe.at
American Football Bund Österreich (AFBÖ): www.afboe.at

Finland: Tomi Tiilikainen tomi.tiilikainen@sajl.org
Petra Eloranta petra.eloranta@assure.fi
Suomen Amerikkalaisen Jalkapallon Liitto: www.sajl.org

Sweden Mikael Roos mikael.roos@amerikanskfotboll.com
Joan Travesset joan.travesset@amerikanskfotboll.com
Svenska Amerikansk Fotbollförbundet: www.amerikanskfotboll.com

IFAF In Stockholm: Lauren Hickey Lauren@MPrestonSports.com
Michael Preston Michael.Preston@IFAF.org
Websites International Federation of American Football www.IFAF.org

IFAF Women’s World Championship www.2010WWC.info

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Gelingt der große Durchbruch?

18.06.10

Autor: Jörg Schlüter / Huddle | Kategorie: General, Blog, Press relations

Vor der ersten Frauen WM im American Football

Aller Anfang ist schwer: Zwischen dem ersten Einzeller und dem aufrechten Gang eines Homo Sapiens sind ein paar Milliarden Jahre vergangen. Zwischen dem Bau der ersten Dampfeisenbahn in England und dem ersten TGV in Frankreich liegen immerhin noch 150 Jahre. Die ersten Olympischen Spiele der Neuzeit wurden fast im Verborgenen in Griechenland abgehalten und auch an die Qualität der ersten Fußball WM in Uruguay 1930 mag sich heute kaum noch jemand erinnern. Und nicht zuletzt startete Bill Gates sein Imperium in einer Garage. Alles, was heute prachtvoll unseren Lebensrythmus bestimmt, benötigt Zeit und Entwicklung. Ob im Wirtschaftsleben, in der Natur, in der Politik oder im Sport will alles erst zusammenwachsen, was zusammengehört. Im Frauenfootball wird es nicht anders sein und so grenzt es schon an ein kleines Wunder, dass trotz einer Finanz- und Wirtschaftskrise im Juni und Juli 2010 in der schwedischen Hauptstadt Stockholm sechs Nationalteams aufeinander treffen, die es vor wenigen Monaten noch nicht gegeben hat und ihren ersten „World Champion“ ausspielen wollen.

Es liegt schließlich in der Natur der Sache, dass erst durch Ausleseprozesse eine Rangordnung entsteht und der Sport dadurch seine Berechtigung erhält, weil der Mensch, egal ob Moslem, Christ oder Hindu, egal ob Amerikaner, Europäer oder Asiate, den ewigen Wettbewerb zwischen seines Gleichen irgendwann während seiner Evolutionsgeschichte zu einer seiner Lieblingsbeschäftigungen erkoren hat. Also ist es nur Recht und billig, dass eine Lücke in der Sportwelt mit der Austragung dieser Spiele geschlossen werden muss und auch aus der Sicht der Gleichstellung zwischen Mann und Frau ein neues Kapitel aufgeschlagen werden darf.

Dabei ist die Frage nach dem Favoriten diesmal noch nicht so entscheidend wichtig und scheinbar auch schon beantwortet. Die Fachwelt rechnet natürlich mit den USA, die traditionell immer dann groß auftrumpfen, wenn es um internationales großes sportliches Prestige geht und sie natürlich mit ihrer IWFL, der halbprofessionellen landesweit organisierten Frauenfootballliga über die scheinbar beste Struktur verfügen. 51 Teams mit 1800 Sportlerinnen kann niemand einfach so ignorieren. Natürlich sollte auch nicht vergessen werden, dass die USA immer dann besonders aktiv werden, wenn es in ihrem Lieblingssport etwas zu holen gibt. Dann müssen natürlich alle Hebel in Gang gesetzt werden, um auch diesmal die virtuelle und suggerierte Vormachtsstellung im Frauenfootball erstmals durch einen Vergleich zwischen den führenden Nationen eindrucksvoll zu beweisen. Ob die neue deutsche Frauen-Nationalmannschaft schon die Kraft und den Zusammenhalt besitzt, als potentieller Finalgegnerkandidat neben dem ebenfalls als stark einzuschätzenden Kanada anzutreten, bleibt abzuwarten, gehört aber zu den spannenden in Stockholm zu klärenden Fragen.

„Ein Länderspiel Finnland gegen Schweden hat Schweden eine kleine Frauenliga beschert. Wie groß muss der Multiplikatoreffekt erst bei einer WM im eigenen Lande sein?“, fragt sich auch mittlerweile der zuständige deutsche Mannschaftssprecher Andreas Gebek, der die letzten Monate des frisch gebildeten Teams miterleben durfte und auch das Zitat prägte „Das Schwierige an einer Auswahl ist das Auswählen.“ Andreas Gebek liefert aber auch eine Antwort, warum es langsam Zeit wird, eine Frauen Football Weltmeisterschaft endlich zu veranstalten: „Vielleicht sind die Auswirkungen bei uns nicht so stark zu spüren – in der skandinavischen Welt dafür umso mehr und sorgen für nachhaltige Effekte.“

Aus der skandinavischen Brille gesehen, erscheint es so, als wenn Finnland den größten Entwicklungsstand besitzt. Bereits in den späten 80er Jahren begannen Finnlands Frauen Flag Football zu entdecken. It was followed around the turn of the century Tackle Football. Today coach Teemu Kuusisto can say, that play in his country nine women football team in a tackle league and leaves the majority of the Finnish team recruited by the Helsinki Roosters and GS Demons Helsinki. Finland is thus composed in part of teams on a clear block formation and hopes, that the athletes can always quickly form a team, because they already know each other well from the club life.

From a sporting perspective, such an event is long overdue. Asked about the sporting expected level give the better-known experts under the sun but only partially clear statements of themselves: "It is difficult to assess. The fastest woman in the world is still slow, as the fastest man in the world. So you can not say, whether the women World Cup takes place in whole at a level, which leaves you with a nationwide German master Regional or compare GFL2. simply we do not know one hundred percent, if much is improvised in international women's football and achieved by chance a pass to a receiver, or whether getting behind a touchdown success really a plan hand can be seen ", noticed wide receiver coach Robert Melzer thoughtful, complements but also aptly: "That's why the first women's World Cup also so important for an initial assessment. If we do not start now, then we would back away years in development and can not take the chance, perform a new quantum leap. "

Should not forget the Guard's first wife Foot Baller Interior, in the fall of her sports career spare no expense or effort after years of building, want at least once to experience their national anthem at an international match in their sport and to naturally then also in the front row.

Last but not least it is the first woman football World Cup also to the large and still distant goal, that American football is to be included in the Olympic family once. In addition to the necessary change it is the IOC whatsoever to the proof of sustainable global structures, which of course was also created in recent years by the IFAF and their confederations, and of course attractive competitions at the international level. Here was the sport of American football, after even the Flagfootball international Nationals, exactly was missing the last diamond in the jewelry chain. Only through the ensuing woman Football World Cup Football is absolutely correct.

Exciting is also the question designed, what now the teams and their fans in Scandinavia from an organizational point of view get offer. Of course Stockholm, with its proximity to the water, its cosmopolitan Scandinavian character and temperate climate a great city. The stadium Zinkensdamm IP (IP =IDrott Plats = sports field) is for the football sports not unknown and is an attractive choice. The Stockholm Mean Machines found here years ago their sporting home and 2006 the European Junior Championships was held at the same place, has so that the Swedish umbrella organization SAFF some experience and expertise in the organization of such "events" offer. The stadium has a widespread in Scandinavia artificial turf with short straws, which was filled with granulate, Football solid marks, round 5900 Spectator seats and a covered grandstand. The center of the city is from the perspective of the stadium in the neighborhood, is easy to reach by bus and subway and invites the friends of the Swedish summer with its long days and short neighbor to many attractions.

have the Swedish and the Finnish host tournament committee, it seems so, the organization full control. In meticulous detail all the details were in early May the responsible sports directors and officials of the participating nations presented during a technical meeting in Zinkensdamm Stadium and all quarters inspected. Actually, the tournament can now be disturbed only by a recent Icelandic volcano eruption, which could hinder the arrival of the Football Friends from overseas, but of course no one wants to summon. May help the first woman Football World Cup to, to inspire the rest of the world, also stand up for the interests of the Lady Footballs.

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