AFW ELITE to Return HS Select Team to Italy Late March 2020

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AFW ELITE HS Select Teams Returning to Italy March 21-29, 2020 to Tour and Compete – Players Nomination and Registration Open

American Football Worldwide

For the eighth consecutive spring American Football Worldwide’s high school select team, AFW ELITE, will be returning highs school select players to compete in rare and special international competitions against the national 19U team of Italy.  Starting immediately, AFW will begin recruiting and registering ambitious and adventurous high school football players to be on this USA representative team.  AFW is accepting nominations with high school players having the ability to self-nominate.  Feel free to contact us through the email address listed below.  Registrations will be accepted until the roster is full – with no more than two-deep at each position grouping.

The AFW ELITE Italy team, staff and family members will depart on Saturday March, 21, 2020 and return on Sunday, March 29th.  International Game Day is set for Saturday, March 28th in Milan.

Besides the thrill of competing in international competition, student-athletes, coaches and traveling family members experience a nine-day, 8-night journey that takes travelers to and through many of the iconic highlights of this historically significant, fascinating and beautiful country.

AFW ELITE ’18 Italy in St. Peter’s Square

The Italy tour begins in Rome where travelers will visit the one-and-only Roman Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and many more of the landmarks in classic imperial Rome.  The tour group will also visit Vatican City where the group will and enter St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums as well as the Sistine Chapel.  On  Tuesday the tour will move north through beautiful Tuscany with an afternoon stop in remarkably preserved Siena, then enjoy day stops in Florence and Cinque Terra – the exquisite “Italian Riviera”.  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 versus the Italian national team will be played.

AFW ELITE Teams and Roman Coliseum

Playbooks will be distributed a week to ten days before departure.  Practices take place most every day generally in the morning.  On occasion we may have a night co-practice with an eager American football club team in Italy.   Know that the bulk of the day includes a combination of scheduled touring and some free exploration time.  Our intention is to be prepared to represent on the field extremely well, but also maximize the various educational aspects and value of this special international travel experience.  Italy and Ireland are truly remarkable places to explore, learn and enjoying.

High school senior players or their parents interested in this special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity are encouraged to immediately contact AFW.   The young men who join this team will experience an incomparable week of learning while improving their football skills as they practice with other ambitious and adventurous players from around the US.  In addition, the experience serving as an ambassador for our great game and country will add to their positive growth.  Many of our past ELITE players have carried friendships into and now beyond their college years.  In total, this tour can be one of the most influential and memorable experiences of a young man’s life.

Original AFW ELITE Team in Paris 2013

AFW has toured high school and college teams to Europe since 2013 when they brought their first AFW ELITE team of high school players 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 U19 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 U19 team and secured five “road victories” – with the Italian team showing steady progress.  In 2017 AFW ELITE began touring a second high school AFW ELITE team to Ireland “Making History” in organizing the first competition between the USA and Ireland in high school football.  AFW has also toured several NCAA Division III college teams scheduling competitions with senior European club teams in Italy, France, Ireland, Switzerland and Spain.

For additional information regarding the tour, nomination or registration process please visit and if interested in joining the tour please contact Jim Barnes at

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
AFW ELITE ’16 and Italian National U19 Team – Post-Game Friendships

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