1999 IFAF World Championship

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1999 IFAF World Championship
Tournament details
Host nation  Italy
Dates June 24 – July 4
No. of nations 6
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Japan
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  Mexico
Third-place Bronze medal blank.svg  Sweden
2003

The 1999 IFAF World Championship was the inaugural IFAF World Championship, an international American football championship run by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). It was played in Palermo, Italy from 24 June–4 July 1999. The tournament was contested by six nations and was won by Japan.

Participants[edit]

Rosters[edit]

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA
 Mexico 2 2 0 143 0
 Italy 2 1 1 28 61
 Finland 2 0 2 7 117
1 2 3 4 Total
 Italy 7 7 7 7 28
 Finland 0 7 0 0 7
  • Date: June 24
1 2 3 4 Total
 Mexico 24 35 8 22 89
 Finland 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: June 27
1 2 3 4 Total
 Mexico 21 7 12 14 54
 Italy 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: June 30

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W L PF PA
 Japan 2 2 0 78 14
 Sweden 2 1 1 36 30
 Australia 2 0 2 6 76
1 2 3 4 Total
 Sweden 7 3 6 6 22
 Australia 0 6 0 0 6
  • Date: June 25
1 2 3 4 Total
 Japan 7 7 7 3 24
 Sweden 0 0 14 0 14
  • Date: June 28
1 2 3 4 Total
 Japan 14 16 14 10 54
 Australia 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: July 1

Fifth place match[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
 Australia 0 0 0 10 10
 Finland 0 7 0 0 7

Third place match[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
 Sweden 10 13 3 12 38
 Italy 0 6 7 0 13
  • Date: July 3

Final[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
 Japan 0 0 0 0 6 6
 Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: July 4

Both teams entered the Gold Medal game undefeated in group play. The Mexico defense had not allowed any points, shutting out their two previous opponents, and the Mexican offense was impressive in beating Finland 89-0 (the most points ever in an IFAF Tournament game) and Italy 54-0. The Championship Game was a defensive struggle, with both teams committing turnovers (5 by Mexico, 2 by Japan), and for the first time in the tournament, Mexico did not score a point in any quarter. Japan held a slight advantage in total yards gained (233 to Mexico's 198). In overtime, Japan scored first on 5 yard pass from Sunaga to Abe. The extra point kick was wide, and Japan led 6-0. As they had all game, the Japanese defense kept Mexico out of the endzone, sealing the victory for Japan.

Winner[edit]

1999 IFAF World Cup Winners
Flag of Japan.svg
JAPAN
First Title

Statistics[edit]

Pos Team Games Win Lose Points for Points against Difference
1  Japan 3 3 0 84 14 +70
2  Mexico 3 2 1 143 6 +137
3  Sweden 3 2 1 74 43 +31
4  Italy 3 1 2 41 99 -58
5  Australia 3 1 2 16 83 -67
6  Finland 3 0 3 14 106 -92

References[edit]

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