Eight Teams ramping up for Edmonton’s IFAF U20 World Championship

by Jamie Geisler


EDMONTON, AB – The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) is pleased to
announce the return of the IFAF World Junior Championship, set to take place in Edmonton,
Alberta from June 20-30. This event marks the highly anticipated comeback of
international American football, featuring the commitment of eight exceptional U20 teams
ready to compete on the global stage.

Tournament Co-chair Tim Enger expressed gratitude for the support received: “The trust
placed in us by our community and government partners is immense. We are committed
to delivering an unprecedented world-class event for IFAF, drawing the eyes of the world to
our city like never before.”

The championship resumes after a hiatus caused by the global pandemic, with the previous
edition held in 2018 at Mexico City’s Estadio Olimpico, where Canada triumphed over
Mexico in front of an IFAF record crowd of over 35,000.

IFAF President Pierre Trochet anticipates a landmark event: “The U20 World Championship
represents the pinnacle of global football. With the Edmonton team’s meticulous two-year
preparation, we expect to elevate the standard for IFAF events to new heights.”

This year’s championship is especially notable for featuring eight competing teams, the
largest roster since 2014, highlighting the sport’s expanding international appeal.

The teams are as follows:

  1. Canada – Defending Champion
  2. United States – 2018 Bronze Medalist
  3. Japan – Asian Champion
  4. Austria – European Champion
  5. Australia – Oceania Champion
  6. Panama – South American highest rank
  7. Brazil – South American Qualifier

An additional spot remains open, with a short-term application extension granted by the
Local Organizing Committee (LOC). The final team rankings and match schedules will be
released shortly.
For more information and updates, please visit the IFAF website.

For more information, please contact:
Tim Enger
Edmonton 2024 IFAF World Junior Championships
E: [email protected]
T: 780-905-7822

About IFAF
The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) is the international governing body for
the sport of American football and is responsible for all regulatory, competition, performance and
development aspects of the game on a global level. Fully recognised by the International Olympic
Committee and a signatory to the WADA Code, IFAF has over 70 member nations across five

About Football Canada
Football Canada is the national governing body for amateur football in Canada, representing
tackle, touch, and flag components including players, coaches, officials, and administrators.
Established October 21, 1882, it is among the oldest national sport governing bodies in Canada.
Football Canada is committed to the development and promotion of all forms of Canadian football,
advocating for the interests of its member associations at the provincial and national levels. As a
proud member of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), Football Canada
prepares national teams for competition in IFAF-sanctioned events, including the World Junior
Championships. Through educational programs, national championships, and collaboration with
provincial associations, Football Canada aims to inspire unity within the Canadian football
community and excellence at all levels of the sport.

About the 2024 IFAF U20 World Championship
The Edmonton IFAF U20 World Junior Championship is a celebration of emerging talent in
international American football, where the top under-20 players from around the globe come
together to compete at the highest level. Hosted in Edmonton, Alberta, the event promises to bring
together diverse nations in a tournament and festival that highlights sport, diversity of culture
and the connective power of athletic competition.

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