Coach Jim Barnes is leading the International Federation of American Football U19 World Development Team camp taking place in Arlington, Texas. One hundred players from around the globe, from as far as New Zealand to Sweden, have committed to two-a-day practices on the campus of the University of Texas – Arlington. The camp is taking place from January 25th through January 31st, 2015 and culminates with a game pitting the IFAF World Team vs. Team USA Select team and can be seen at www.internationalbowl.com.
Barnes commented, “It is a great honor to be able to lead this dedicated group of young men who have come with open minds and eager hearts. There effort this week has only enhanced the respect and admiration our staff had for them before we even met them.”
AFW founder Jim Barnes has been chosen to serve as the head coach for the international team. The IFAF staff has former NFL and college coaches as well as players, former NCAA Division III head coaches and coaches from select international teams from Europe and Japan.
World Team players arrived on overnight flights throughout the day Sunday. Immediately on Monday morning the ambitious and aspiring players were welcomed with their first practice. For many this was their first trip to the United States. After two-a-days the first three days and a morning workout on Thursday, the IFAF World Team participated in International Bowl events including a scrimmage jamboree where they worked out against the US team on Thursday night in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
“We hung in there tonight and I believe these players earned respect. Considering we played all 97 healthy players and had some moments with really crisp execution, moved the ball generating points a couple times and our defense came up with some stops and a couple turnovers is a real credit to the development these players have committed to these past four days. I am proud of them and they should be proud,” noted Barnes after the scrimmage.
Players on the IFAF World Team roster come from a remarkable 25 different countries including France, Denmark, England, Spain, Serbia, Slovakia, Poland, Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, Mexico, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, Brazil, Norway, Belgium, Czech Republic, Kuwait, New Zealand, Portugal, South Korea, Canada, Croatia and China.