International Federation of American Football

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International Federation of American Football
International Federation of American Football.png
Formation1998
TypeSports federation
Headquarters79 Rateau Street
93120 La Courneuve, France
Membership
74 members (March 2022)
President
Pierre Trochet
Websiteamericanfootball.sport

The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) is the international governing body of gridiron associations. The IFAF oversees the IFAF World Championship of American Football, which is held every four years. The IFAF became a provisionary member of SportAccord in 2003, and became a full SportAccord member in 2005. The organisation's head office is located in the French commune of La Courneuve, in the Île-de-France region.

Structure and organization[edit]

The IFAF recognizes in their respective areas the following branches and have 120 members as of May 2022:[1][2][3]

Members[edit]

Top competitions[edit]

World[edit]

  • Senior Men's World Championship (Men), every four years.
  • Senior Women's World Championship (Women), every four years.
  • Under-19 World Championship (Men), every four years.
  • Senior Men's Flag Football World Championship (Men), every two years.
  • Senior Women's Flag Football World Championship (Women), every two years
  • Senior Beach Football World Championship (Women, Men and Mixed), every two years.
  • World University American Football Championship (Men), every two years.
  • International Bowl (men), every year.
  • The World Games, flag and tackle, various years, next event in 2022.
  • Youth international cup (Men), first edition held in 2022.
  • Olympic Games (Men), various years.

America[edit]

  • Central America Bowl, (Men). Winner qualifies for the Senior World championship. Every four years.
  • Under-18 and Under-19 North American Championships, various years.
  • Under-15 and Under-17 North American Flag football Championships. (Men and Woman), first edition held in 2023

Europe[edit]

  • European championship, every four years.
  • European U-19 Championship, every two years.
  • European Woman's tackle football championship, every four years.
  • European Men's flag football championship, every two years.
  • European Woman's flag football championship, every two years.
  • Under-15 and Under-17 European Flag football championships (Men and Women), every two years.

Asia[edit]

  • Asian Flag football Championship (Men), every two years.
  • Asian beach Flag football championships. (Men), every two years.

Oceania[edit]

  • Oceania Bowl, winner represents Oceania in the World Championship, every four years.
  • Junior Oceania Bowl, winner represents Oceania in the U-19 World Championship, every two years.

Governance controversy and schism[edit]

Following the cancellation of the 2015 IFAF World Championship in Sweden for financial reasons, the event was moved to the United States. In February 2015 Tommy Wiking resigned as president of IFAF due to the cancellation of the event. During the 2015 meeting, Tommy Wiking was illegitimately put[clarification needed] as president, and caused a schism. One group, in New York, elected Roope Norenen as interim president in September 2014, and Richard MacLean in 2015. The other group, based in Paris, recognized Tommy Wiking as president.

In September 2016, "IFAF in Paris" suspended six nations for not submitting players information for anti-doping, The suspended nations were the United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Finland, and Denmark. A group of European federations wished for a reunification of the sport during a December 2016 meeting in Rome.[4] In May 2017, after a split that created rival groupings of the International Federation of American Football, the IFAF grouping based in Paris stripped its recognition of USA Football,[5] citing disputes over anti-doping enforcement. IFAF (Paris) instead recognized the United States Federation of American Football as the USA's governing body,[6] and the USFAF organized a team to participate in the 2017 World Games, in which it won a bronze medal. The grouping of the IFAF based in New York continued to recognize USA Football[7] and organized the 2017 Women's World Championships, which the USA won.[8]

In March 2018, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) determined that the IFAF (NY) was the proper governing entity and voided all decisions of the other IFAF entity, including their decision to strip USA Football of its recognition.[9] USA Football is currently the internationally recognized governing body for American football in the United States.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IFAF Congress ratifies new structure". usafootball.com. 7 July 2012. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  2. ^ Kelly, Roger (18 August 2014). "Structural changes on the horizon for American Football in Europe". AmericanFootballInternational.com. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  3. ^ https://americanfootball.sport/member-federations/
  4. ^ "European federations attempt to reunify American football with series of measures following crunch Rome meeting". 9 December 2016. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  5. ^ http://www.ifaf.info/ifaf/usa-football-not-anymore-national-governing-body-american-football-usa/
  6. ^ "IFAF Accepts USFAF as Provisional Member from USA - IFAF". Archived from the original on 2017-05-16.
  7. ^ "IFAF - Articles - View - 1654". Archived from the original on 2017-07-26.
  8. ^ "IFAF - Articles - View - 1659". Archived from the original on 2017-07-26.
  9. ^ "Court of Arbitration rules against IFAF Paris, affirms Tommy Wiking resigned as President". 28 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Nations: Americas | NATIONS | International American Football". Archived from the original on 2018-05-02.

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