U.S. AND CANADIAN NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAMS TO MEET IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS, FOR INTERNATIONAL BOWL SERIES
USA Football to host sixth annual event in early 2015 at AT&T Stadium and Maverick Stadium
Canada and the U.S. renew their football rivalry when the International Bowl series returns to Arlington, Texas in January and February 2015. The series of games is a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes in football’s greatest annual international competition.
The event will feature a week of practices and activities for each level culminating with official international competitions. Canada’s Under-18 Canada Cup National Team will face the U.S. Under-18 National Team on Friday, Jan. 30 while on Saturday, Jan. 31 provincial teams representing Canada will face the U.S in a series of four games. Canada’s Under-19 (Junior) National Team will play their U.S. counterparts Saturday, Feb. 7, at Maverick Stadium on the University of Texas-Arlington campus. Full rosters, coaching staffs and schedules will be announced in the coming months.
Canada’s Under-18 National Team is led by head coach Glen Mills who led Team Ontario to a gold medal victory over Saskatchewan-Green at the 2014 Football Canada Cup in Saskatoon. His staff is made up of coaches from each of the eight participating teams from the Under-18 national championship. Canada’s Junior National Team coaching staff is led by longtime U-19 Defensive Coordinator and current Head Coach, Warren Craney of York University.
Last February’s  International Bowl marked the first time that Canada and Team USA faced-off outside International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championship competition. The Canada Cup National Team heads into its second International Bowl looking to build on a 53-9 victory.
In 2015, Canada will be looking for retribution after falling to Team USA 40-17 in the gold medal game at the 2014 IFAF U-19 World Championship in Kuwait. Coming off a Canada victory in 2012, the meeting marked the third consecutive Junior World Championship contest in which the two had squared off.
Junior National Team alumni include university standouts QB Will Finch (Western), QB Hugo Richard (Laval), QB Jérémi Roch (Sherbrooke), RB Mercer Timmis (Calgary), OL David Knevel (Nebraska), LB Byron Archambault (Montréal) as well as current CFL players K Lirim Hajrullahu (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), OL Kirby Fabien (BC Lions), RB Steven Lumbala (Montréal Alouettes), DL Linden Gaydosh (Hamilton Tiger-Cats) and OL Pierre Lavertu (Calgary Stampeders).
“This is an exciting competition for our National Team players as well as those from Football Canada,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “Our young men have the chance to represent their country and learn from top coaches while working alongside the best athletes in their grade levels and will do it all in North Texas – a region steeped in football heritage and history.”
“The International Bowl series is the best way for Canada to build its high performance program, providing an opportunity for the best Canadian athletes to measure how they stack up against the best in the world,” said Football Canada President, Richard MacLean.
The NCAA recognizes the International Bowl as a national team competition. Playing in the International Bowl is exempt from high school seniors’ two all-star game appearances. USA Football and Football Canada are among the 67 national federations who are members of IFAF. IFAF’s member nations span six continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America.