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United States national American football team

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

The United States national American football team represents the United States in international men's American football competitions. 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.

The United States is the most successful team at the IFAF World Championship, winning on all three of their entries in the tournament, most recently when hosting the event in 2015.

Player eligibility

The national team was selected to encompass a cross-section of amateur football in the United States, and as such USA Football used 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


IFAF World Championship

2007

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. The Team USA defense set an IFAF all-time tournament record in holding South Korea to minus-31 yards in total offense, as well as the record for fewest rushing yards allowed with minus-47. 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. Austin finished 12 of 25 for 109 yards, with no TD's, and one interception. Former Williams player Jon Drenckhahn was the top receiver, catching 5 passes for 40 yards.

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

2011

The head coach of Team USA was Mel Tjeerdsma of Northwest Missouri State University, with Larry Kehres the offensive coordinator and Lou Tepper the defensive coordinator.[1] Players on the team were announced on the official Team USA Facebook on April 28, 2011. 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 50-7 to claim its 2nd consecutive World Championship.

The United States routed Canada 50-7 in the Gold Medal game of the 2011 IFAF Senior World Championship. The 20,000 fans in attendance at Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna, Austria, set a record for an IFAF Championship game. The game was never close, with Team USA leading 37-7 at halftime. Team USA dominated the rushing game, outgaining Canada 247-48, with four different players scoring touchdowns on the ground. While Henry Harris led the way for the Americans on the ground, with 114 yards on 15 carries and a TD, Mount Union RB Nate Kmic was the only American to score two TD's on the day. University of Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins was 13 of 21 for 161 yards and 2 TD passes. Ricardo Lenhart (Otterbein) led the receivers, with 3 catches for 63 yards. The U.S. defense recorded four sacks, and Jordan Lake caught two interceptions.


2015

The U.S. Men’s National Team is led by former Boise State and Colorado head football coach Dan Hawkins. Hawkins was 53-11 at Boise State from 2001–05, winning four consecutive Western Athletic Conference titles. His teams compiled a 31-game WAC winning streak, the longest in conference history. The U.S. Men’s National Team includes athletes from 24 states.

IFAF World Championship All-time Tournament Series Records

Nation Wins Losses Pct
1 0 1.000
1 0 1.000
 France 1 0 1.000
 Germany 2 0 1.000
 Japan 3 0 1.000
 Mexico 2 0 1.000
 South Korea 1 0 1.000

IFAF World Championship record

Year Position GP W L PF PA
1999 Did Not Participate
2003
2007 1st 3 3 0 133 27
2011 1st 4 4 0 176 21
2015 1st 4 4 0 214 36

USA All-Time Tournament Game Records

Most First Downs

27 vs. Japan 7-12-15

Most Points Scored

82 vs. France 7-16-15

Most Passing Yards

267 Cody Hawkins vs. Mexico 7-12-11

Most Rushing Yards

117 Aaron Wimberly vs. France 7-15-15

Most Receiving Yards

106 Nate Kmic vs. Australia 7-8-11

Most Team Sacks

8 vs. Mexico 7-9-15

Most Team Tackles for Loss

18.5 vs. Mexico 7-9-15

Longest Plays

Rushing

60 Sadale Foster vs. Japan 7-12-15

Passing

64 McLaughlin to Malm vs. Australia 7-8-11

Punt Return

74 Awrey vs. South Korea 7-10-07

Kickoff Return

84 Awrey 84 vs. South Korea 7-10-07

Field Goal

46 Berkshire vs. Mexico 7-12-11

Interception Return

77 Banks vs. Germany 7-10-11

Fumble Return

10 Jackson vs. Germany 7-10-11

Blocked Punt Return Touchdown

26 Calbert vs. Australia 7-8-11

Blocked Field Goal Return Touchdown

75 Dingle vs. Germany 7-10-11

References

  1. ^ http://www.nwmissouri.edu/sports/football/2010/pressreleases/11fb0210.htm

External links

  • USA Football Official Site
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