United States national American football team

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United States United States USA

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Association USA Football
Region North America (PAFAF)
Founded 1984
IFAF Affiliation 2002
Colors Red, White, and Blue
Head coach Mel Tjeerdsma (2011)
John Mackovic (2007)
General manager Todd Bell (2007, 2015)
United States national American football team
Medal record
Men’s American football
Competitor for  United States
World Championship
Gold 2007 Japan Team Competition
Gold 2011 Austria Team Competition

The United States national American football team represents the United States in international American football competitions. It is the country's official senior national men's football team. It is controlled by USA Football and is recognized by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). USA Football is a full member of the International Federation of American Football.

2007 IFAF World Cup[edit]

Main article: 2007 IFAF World Cup

The United States competed for the first time in the 2007 IFAF World Cup. The team's first ever game was a 77–0 smashing of South Korea in the first round of the tournament. In the second round the USA defeated Germany 33–7. They played Japan on July 15 for the championship. Japan was making their third appearance in the finals, winning the previous two World Championships. Japan took a 17-10 lead with seven minutes and seven seconds left in regulation. University of Arizona quarterback Adam Austin guided Team USA with an 11-play, 80-yard drive that ended with the second 5-yard touchdown run by RB Kyle Kasperbauer, to tie the game at 17. IFAF follows the overtime system used by the NCAA, and both teams scored field goals with their first possession. In the second overtime, Japan got the ball first but missed a 34-yard field goal attempt. Team USA then reached Japan's 6-yard line. On 4th and one, Craig Coffin kicked the game winning 22-yard field goal, with the final score at 23-20. University of Nebraska-Omaha running back Kyle Kasperbauer was named MVP of the game after scoring two touchdowns and running for 54 yards on 15 carries.

Player eligibility[edit]

The national team was selected to encompass a cross-section of amateur football in the United States, and as such USA Football used a strict criteria to select team members. Interestingly, this does not allow the top American football players in the United States to compete as the restrictions include:

  • Professionals from any US or Canadian league were ineligible
  • Player must have graduated from college—current college players were ineligible
  • All levels of NCAA and NAIA athletics were required to be represented, not just DI-A
  • Players must be no more than one year removed from college

Team USA Roster for the 2007 IFAF World Cup[edit]

The team included players representing all levels of college football, with 13 from Division I-A, 12 from Division I-AA, 10 from Division II, 9 from Division III and 1 former NAIA player.

USA 2007 final roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

  • Bob Berezowitz
  • Richard Cundiff
  • George Darlington
  • Adam Dorrel
  • Clayt Birmingham

Trainer

  • Yosuke Murashima

Equipment Manager

  • Taylor Hanohano

Director of Operations

  • Todd Bell

Roster accessed 2009-02-23

2011 IFAF World Cup[edit]

Main article: 2011 IFAF World Cup

Mel Tjeerdsma of Northwest Missouri State University is the head coach. Larry Kehres is the offensive coordinator. Lou Tepper is the defensive coordinator.[1] Players on the team began being announced on the official Team USA Facebook on April 28. On July 8, Team USA played its 1st game, defeating Australia 61–0. After beating Mexico on July 11, the team qualified for its 2nd consecutive World Cup gold medal game. On July 16, USA defeated Canada to claim its 2nd consecutive World Championship.

Game Results[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
 Australia 0 0 0 0 0
 United States 13 21 13 14 61

at Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck, Austria

  • Date: July 8, 2011
  • Game time: 15:00
  • Game weather: 75°F (24°C), light wind, sunny
  • Game attendance: 6,000
  • Box score
1 2 3 4 Total
 United States 7 21 20 0 48
 Germany 0 7 0 0 7

at Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck, Austria

  • Date: July 10, 2011
  • Game time: 19:00
  • Game weather: 79°F (26°C), light wind, cloudy
  • Game attendance: 6,800
  • Referee: F. Rasmussen
  • Box score
1 2 3 4 Total
 United States 0 10 0 7 17
 Mexico 0 0 7 0 7

at Tivoli-Neu, Innsbruck, Austria

  • Date: July 12, 2011
  • Game time: 19:00
  • Game weather: 82°F (28°C), light wind, sunny
  • Game attendance: 4,800
  • Referee: F.Rasmussen
  • Box score

Gold Medal Game

1 2 3 4 Total
 Canada 0 7 0 0 7
 United States 7 30 13 0 50

at Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria

  • Date: July 16, 2011
  • Game time: 19:00
  • Game weather: 82°F (28°C), Light wind, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 20,000
  • Referee: F. Rasmussen
  • Box score
USA National Football Team roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Inactive List



Roster updated 2011-07-08

IFAF World Championship record[edit]

Year Position GP W L PF PA
Italy 1999 Did Not Participate
Germany 2003
Japan 2007 1st 3 3 0 133 27
Austria 2011 1st 4 4 0 176 21
Sweden 2015 Qualified

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