AFW ELITE HS Select Team to Return to Italy in April ’17 – Players Nominations Being Accepted
After two highly successful and extremely enjoyable ventures to Italy in the springs of 2016 and 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 Italy’s national U19 team in an international contest. The game between two nations is to be played in Milan on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
For the third consecutive year, FIDAF will bring in players from Italy’s top American football clubs from throughout the country. Italy’s national American football teams gather several times a year for a series of practices before games 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.
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. In an exciting scheduling development, the 2017 team and family members will arrive in Rome on Easter Sunday and be able to experience aspects of this immensely holy day in the Christian calendar in one of the most significant places to the religion. In the coming days, the tour party will visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, as well as the one-and-only Roman Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and more. A few days later the tour will move north through beautiful Tuscany with stops in Siena, San Gimignano and days spent in Florence and Cinque Terra – the exquisite “Italian Riviera”. 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 game will take place. Playbooks will be distributed before departure and daily practices in the mornings before touring will get the USA-representative team tuned up. The bulk of each day 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) of 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 ever to compete in France against their national U19 team, who had placed 5th in the World Championships the preceding summer and earned a hard-fought 19-0 victory. In 2014, AFW ELITE took on France’s defending national U19 champions, the Paris Flash, and cruised to victory for the USA. In 2015 and 2016, AFW ELITE accepted an invitation to tour and play in Italy versus their national U19 team and secured two convincing “road victories”. 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