2011 IFAF World Championship

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2011 IFAF World Championship
2011 IFAF World Cup logo.png
Tournament details
Host nation  Austria
Dates July 8 – July 16
No. of nations 8
Champions Gold medal blank.svg United States
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg Canada
Third-place Bronze medal blank.svg  Japan
MVP of the tournament Nate Kmic
2007
2015

The 2011 IFAF World Championship was the fourth instance of the IFAF World Championship, an international American football tournament. It began on July 8, 2011 with the final games commencing on July 16. It was hosted by Austria, with games taking place in three cities: Vienna, Innsbruck[1] and Graz; Vienna hosted the medal games.[2]

Austria won the bid to host the games. There were a record number of attendees at the 2009 IFAF Congress, the meeting which decided the host nation.[3] The format was changed for 2011: for the first time, eight qualifying teams were divided into two groups, with the group winners competing for the Championship. Four teams automatically qualified: Austria (as host nation), the United States (as the defending World Champions), and Germany and France (for reaching the final in the 2010 EFAF European Championship. Four other teams were accepted through qualifiers in the four regions of the International Federation of American Football: Asia, Europe, Oceania and Pan-America.[2]

The United States and Canada won Group A and Group B, respectively, and played each other in the Gold Medal match on July 16, 2011. In front of the largest crowd to ever watch a World Championship game (20,000), the United States beat Canada, 50–7.

Qualifying[edit]

List of qualified teams[edit]

The following 8 teams qualified for the final tournament.