American Samoa Under 19 Football All Stars fundraise
The American Samoa Under 19 Football All Stars, who will be competing in the 2012 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Under 19 World Championships, held a ‘Clean-a-thon’ fundraiser this past Friday, where they picked up trash along the side of the road, to raise funds for individual airfares for team members going to Texas this coming June. The IFAF Under 19 World Championships will be taking place June 30 through July 7, 2012 at Burger Stadium in Austin.
According to head coach of the American Samoa All Star team, Sua’ese ‘Pooch’ Ta’ase, airfare deadline for the flights that will be taking them is due May 7 for Southwest Airlines and May 17 for Hawaiian Airlines. He also stated that the next fundraiser will be taking place on May 4, at Samoana High School, where they will be holding a ‘Tausala’.
According to the IFAF website, http://ifaf.org, team American Samoa is seeded last at #8 and will be playing its first game on June 30, against host team, the #1 seeded team of the United States. It will be the last game of the day. On the first day of the championships, the first game will have #4 Panama vs #5 Austria, #3 Japan vs #6 France, #2 Canada vs #7 Sweden.
American Samoa made it to the championships by defeating Australia, 93-7 earlier this year to represent Oceania.
In the inaugural IFAF Under 19 World Championships that took place in Canton, Ohio in 2009 and takes place every three years, the #1 seeded team Canada, lost to the #2 seeded team of the United States in the finals, while the #8 seeded team, New Zealand that was representing the Oceania Region, lost all three of its games, keeping the Oceania Region at the lowest seed for this IFAF Under 19 World Championships.
GOV. TOGIOLA EXCITED ABOUT GAMES
(BASED ON A PRESS RELEASE) – Governor Togiola Tulafono said this past Saturday from North Carolina, where he is taking part in a Governors Education Symposium, that he has been informed by the International Federation of American Football that the schedule and seeds for the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Austin, Texas at the end of June have been released.
The American Samoa Under-19 team, who qualified to be the Oceania representative after defeating Australia in February in Brisbane, will join the eight-team competition that includes Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Panama, Sweden and the United States. The tournament will be played over five days between June 30 and July 7 at Burger Stadium in Austin. The U.S. won the tournament in 2009.
Togiola said American Samoa’s first game will be against the U.S. on June 30, and in making their debut in the World Championship, he is ecstatic and welcomes the challenge.
“This is great news for American. We have been working hard to be included in this IFAF tournament and we are very excited for our boys and their preparation in training,” said the governor. “I believe our team is ready and I anticipate a good game against the U.S. There is much to gain from our participation at the tournament for our players and coaches. This will be a wonderful experience.”
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE AND SEEDS ANNOUNCED FOR 2012
The schedule and seeds for the 2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship of American football to be played at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas from Saturday, June 30, to Saturday, July 7, have been announced.
IFAF President TOMMY WIKING and SCOTT HALLENBECK, Executive Director of the host federation USA Football, made the announcement at a press conference following technical meetings held in Austin this past week.
The tournament returns to the United States this summer featuring the national teams of American Samoa, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Panama, Sweden and the United States. Multi-game ticket options are now available at www.U19championship.com.
The United States begins the defense of its title won in Canton, Ohio, in 2009 against a team making its tournament debut, American Samoa, who beat Australia 93-7 to qualify for the event.
2012 IFAF Under-19 World Championship Schedule
Saturday, June 30 (all games at Burger Stadium)
9:00 a.m. No. 4 Panama vs. No. 5 Austria
11:30 a.m. No. 3 Japan vs. No. 6 France
5:00 p.m. No. 2 Canada vs. No. 7 Sweden
8:00 p.m. No. 1 United States vs. No. 8 American Samoa
Tuesday, July 3
5:00 p.m. JAP/FRA losing team vs. CAN/SWE losing team
8:00 p.m. PAN/AUT losing team vs. USA/AMS losing team
Wednesday, July 4
5:00 p.m. JAP/FRA winner vs. CAN/SWE winner
8:00 p.m. PAN/AUT winner vs. USA/AMS winner
Friday, July 6
5:00 p.m. 7th place game
8:00 p.m. 5th place game
Saturday, July 7
5:00 p.m. Bronze Medal Game
8:00 p.m. Gold Medal Game
Two newcomers will kick off the tournament at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 30 when Panama takes on European champion Austria, followed by the 2009 bronze medalist Japan against France at 11.30 a.m. Canada, beaten finalist three years ago, faces Sweden at 5 p.m. before the United States and American Samoa do battle at 8 p.m.
The results will decide the schedule of games for July 3 and 4 winners of the games played on the Fourth of July will play for the Gold Medal three days later at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 7.
Representatives from the eight Under-19 national teams spanning four continents this week visited practice facilities, game sites and housing accommodations and discussed plans for the tournament.
Representing their national team programs in Austin were:
SCOTT HALLENBECK, USA Football executive director
FREDRIK HARALDSON, Sweden chef de mission (general manager)
OLIVIER MORET, France head coach
THOMAS OELSBOECK, Austria chef de mission (general manager)
MEL PURCELL, American Samoa chef de mission (general manager)
GUILLERMO SUAREZ, Panama chef de mission (general manager)
NOEL THORPE, Canada head coach
SHINZO YAMADA, Japan chef de mission (general manager)
About IFAF: The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) unites 62 countries on six continents through a burgeoning international sport. With national football federations in existence for more than 75 years, IFAF was created in 1998 to organize and further develop the game through international cooperation and global competition. The IFAF office is located near Paris, France.
(Source: Governor’s Office media release)