AFW Accepts Challenge to Return and Compete vs. Italian National U19 Team – Will Be Assembling AFW ELITE Team
After a highly successful and extremely enjoyable venture to Italy in the spring of 2015, American Football Worldwide has once again been invited by the Italian Federation of American Football (FIDAF) to bring their annual AFW ELITE high school select team back to Italy to play their national U19 team in an international matchup. The rematch game is to be played in Milan on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Last spring, AFW ELITE utilized a dominating defensive effort and big play touchdowns in both phases to earn a convincing victory over the Italians.
FIDAF will bring in players from Italy’s top American football clubs for several practices before taking on the USA-representative AFW ELITE squad. The Italians aim to use the experience of playing against Americans to advance their play for future European and international competitions.
As part of the international game experience, student-athletes, coaches and traveling family members with USA-AFW ELITE will experience a nine-day tour beginning in Rome where they will visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, and Vatican City including St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums. Days later the tour will move north through beautiful Tuscany with stops in Siena, San Gigamianno and Florence. The final days of the remarkable journey will have the US travel party staying at the southern tip of famous Lake Como near Milan where the international game will take place. Playbooks will be distributed before departure and daily practices will get the USA-representative team tuned up. The remainder of the days will be committed to exploring, learning about and absorbing one of the world’s most striking and historically significant countries in the world.
AFW is once again partnering with highly-successful Dream Team Sports Tours (DTST) located in Italy. DTST has organized hundreds of successful athletic competitions and tours throughout the European continent with a specialty for providing the most authentic experience that Italy has to offer.
AFW has toured high school and college teams to Europe the past few years. In 2013 AFW ELITE brought the first group of high school players to France to compete with their national U19 team, who had placed 5th in the World Championships the preceding summer, earning a hard-fought 19-0 victory. In 2014, AFW ELITE took on the defending national U19 champions of France, the Paris Flash, and cruised to another victory for the USA. In 2015, AFW ELITE accepted an invitation to tour and play in Italy versus their national U19 team. AFW has also toured college teams in competitions with senior European club teams in Italy, France and Spain.
For additional information please visit www.americanfootballworldwide.com and if interested in participating please contact Jim Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org