AFW ELITE to Return HS Select Team to Italy for International Game on March 29, 2020 – Player Nominations and Registrations Being Accepted

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AFW ELITE Returning HS Select Team to Represent USA vs Italian National 19U Team – Players Nominations and Registrations Being Accepted

AFW ELITE ’18 in St. Peter’s Square

For the sixth consecutive spring AFW ELITE will be returning a group of select high school football players to compete representing the USA in an international game against Italy’s national 19U team.  The tour is scheduled to depart on March 21, 2019 with the game between the two countries to be played in Milan on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Nominations to the team as well as player and family registrations are being accepted until the roster is filled.  Interested student-athletes, parents or family members should act soon.  Contact information follows below.

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 and Vatican City. After departing the US late on Saturday the team and family members will arrive in Rome the morning of March 22, 2020. Over two-plus days the tour party will visit the one-and-only Roman Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and more.  The group will also gain access to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel.  There will be some free time to explore sites of personal interest in Rome.  The team will have its first practice Monday morning then tour the remainder of the day into enjoying a beautiful spring evening in Rome that evening.

AFW ELITE ’19 In Front of Roman Coliseum at Night

After a team scheme installation and walk-through Tuesday morning the tour will move north through beautiful Tuscany with a mid-afternoon stop in Siena where the group will enjoy this marvelous jewel of a small city with touring and dinner in small groups.  The following days the AFW tour group will spend a day in Florence that includes a late day/early evening practice with a local American football club team followed by a fun social.  Thursday the group has a day stop in Cinque Terra – the exquisite “Italian Riviera” before moving further north.  The final days of the remarkable journey will have the U.S. travel party staying at the southern tip of famous Lake Como just north of Milan where the game will take place.  A partial day excursion to nearby Lugano, Switzerland is a possibility.

Playbooks will be distributed the week before departure to Italy.  Though there will be some football everyday, the vast majority of each day will be committed to exploring, learning about and enjoying one of the most historically significant and strikingly beautifully countries in the world.  The tour returns to the US on Sunday, March 29th.

Starting in the spring of 2015 five successful annual adventures have now been thoroughly enjoyed by US players and family travelers as well as our Italian hosts.  With the development of mutually supportive and respectful relationships between American Football Worldwide and the Italian Federation of American Football (FIDAF), AFW has consistently been invited to return a US high school select team to Italy. FIDAF Letter to AFWFIDAF will once again bring in players from Italy’s top American football clubs from throughout their country. Italy’s national American football team gathers several times a year for a series of practices before contests against other European national teams and tournaments. They will do the same in taking on the USA-representative AFW ELITE squad.  The Italians have found that playing against Americans has advanced their play in other international competitions and it is very clear the past couple of years that their national teams are improving.


AFW ELITE ’14 in Paris

AFW has toured high school and college teams to Europe for several years now.  In 2013 AFW ELITE brought the first group of high school players ever to compete in France against 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 France’s defending national 19U champions, the Paris Flash, and cruised to victory for the USA.  Since 2015 AFW ELITE has accepted invitations to tour and play in Italy versus their national 19U team and secured three “road victories” – but with the Italian team showing steady if not significant progress.  In 2017 and 2018 AFW ELITE also toured another high school select team to Ireland.  AFW has also toured several NCAA Division III college teams scheduling competitions with senior European club teams in Italy, France, Ireland and Spain.  They are looking to expand into new countries including Germany, the United Kingdom and Austria in the next year.

For additional information regarding the tour, nomination or registration process please visit and if interested in joining the tour please contact Jim Barnes at or by calling 309-781-7274.

AFW ELITE Italy ’19

AFW ELITE Italy ’18

USA-AFW ELITE and Italian National Team Players Post-Game 2017

AFW ELITE and Italian National U19 Team - April 2015

AFW ELITE and Italian National U19 Team – April 2015


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