The IFAF Senior World Championship is held every four years having first been contested in 1999. The 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship will be held in Europe for the third time, with the Asian continent having hosted the 2007 event.
The United States is the reigning senior world champion, but it is the Japanese who claim the most storied history at the senior international level. Japan has twice lifted the world crown and in 2007 took the United States to double overtime before finally surrendering the world title they had held for eight years.
The first IFAF Senior World Championship was played in Palermo in Italy from June 24 to July 4, 1999. Japan became the inaugural World Champions with a 6-0 overtime victory over Mexico having defeated Sweden and Australia in the group stages, while Mexico triumphed against Italy and Finland. A total of 330 players and coaches participated in the first senior world championship.
Four years later in Germany, Japan beat France 23-6 in one semi final and Mexico edged Germany 21-17 in the other to again meet for the world championship. Japan ran out 34-14 winners as running back Ikunori Hanna carried the ball 11 times for 125 yards and a touchdown to earn the MVP award. Germany defeated France 36-7 to claim third place.
Japan hosted the 2007 Senior World Championship in the Kawasaki suburb of Tokyo as the tournament featured the national teams of France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden and the United States.
USA Football initiated the first ever US senior national team under veteran head coach John Mackovic and Team USA outlasted Japan 23-20 in double overtime to return home triumphant from Tokyo.
Kicker Craig Coffin of Southern Illinois University split the uprights with a 23-yard field goal to claim the gold medal after running back Kyle Kasperbauer from the University of Nebraska-Omaha had rushed for 54 yards and two touchdowns and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
The bronze medal game was another close contest with Germany defeating Sweden 7-0 with an 85-yard punt return by Marcel Duft for the winning and only touchdown of the game.
During the nine games of the 2007 IFAF Senior World Championship, more than 22,000 fans flocked to the host stadiums and almost one million people visited the official websites.
2011 World Championships – Vienna, Austria
Australia has finished 8th in the 2011 World Championships
Australia has lost their 7th place final to host nation Austria 48-10 in front of a big crowd in Vienna. WR Ryan Dwyer was named Australia’s MVP for the game. Check out the full story and view all the stats.
Update 13th July: The Outback team took on Germany on Tuesday night. Our boys fought hard all day, scoring 3 touchdowns but were overpowered in the end 30-20. TE Locklan Gilbert was named MVP with 3 catches for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Update 11th July: The Outback team ran into a very well drilled Mexican team in their 2nd match of the 2011 World Championships and were defeated 65-0. Linebacker James McFadzean was named MVP for the Australian team with 3 solo tackles, 4 assists and a sack.
Update 9th July: The Outback team gave their all in the opening clash of the 2011 World Championships against the defending champion USA but were defeated 61-0. Congratulations to the entire team and coaching staff for giving their all until the final whistle. Fullback back Kieren Lansdell was named Australian MVP on 7 carries for 28 yards.
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Australia, Germany, France, Mexico, Canada, Japan or South Korea, defending champion USA and Austria are all vying for the title of World Champion in Graz, Innsbruck and Vienna.
All time IFAF Senior World Championship results
2007 – Tokyo, Japan
USA 23 Japan 20 (OT)
Germany 7 Sweden 0
Korea 3 France 0
Japan 48 France 0
Germany 32 Korea 2
Sweden 16 France 14
USA 77 Korea 0
USA 33 Germany 7
Japan 48 Sweden 0
2003 – Frankfurt Rhein-Main, Germany
Japan 34 Mexico 14
Germany 37 France 6
Japan 23 France 6
Mexico 21 Germany 17
1999 – Palmero, Italy
Japan 6 Mexico 0 (OT)
Sweden 38 Italy 13
Australia 10 Finland 3
Italy 28 Finland 7
Mexico 89 Finland 0
Mexico 54 Italy 0
Sweden 22 Australia 6
Japan 21 Sweden 14
Japan 54 Australia 0