|Most recent season or competition:|
2015 IFAF World Championship
|No. of teams||7 (tournament)|
71 (eligible national teams)
The IFAF World Championship of American Football (also known as the IFAF World Cup) is an international gridiron competition held every four yearsand contested by teams representing member nations. The competition is run by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), the international governing body for the sport. Seventy-one nations have a national American football team. The most recent tournament in 2015, there were seven teams in the tournament.
American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.
The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) is the international governing body of gridiron associations. The IFAF oversees the IFAF World Championship of American Football, which is held every four years. The IFAF became a provisionary member of SportAccord in 2003, and became a full SportAccord member in 2005. The organisation's head office is located in the French commune of La Courneuve, in the Île-de-France region.
The defending champions are the United States, who won the 2015 championship after winning both the 2007 and 2011 editions. The American team did not participate in the World Cup until 2007 and won every tournament ever since. Prior to American participation, Japan won the 1999 and 2003 championships.
The United States National American football team represents the United States in international men's American football competitions. It was controlled by USA Football, and was recognized by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) until the 2015 split between IFAF Paris and IFAF New York.
The 2015 IFAF World Championship was the fifth instance of the IFAF World Championship, an international American football tournament. The United States hosted the tournament. Seven teams had confirmed their participation for the tournament in Canton, Ohio.
The 2007 IFAF World Championship was the third instance of the IFAF World Championship, the quadrennial international American football world championship tournament. It was held July 7–15, 2007 in Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan.
The championship was held in Italy in 1999, in Germany in 2003, in Kawasaki, Japan in 2007, and in Austria in 2011. The 2015 IFAF World Championship was originally going to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, however local organizers had to cancel the event due to lack of sponsorship.The 2015 tournament was played in Canton, Ohio, United States.
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At the 2011 championship, the championship tournament consisted of eight teams divided into two groups of four (there were six teams in 1999 and 2007, four in 2003, and seven in 2015). The opening round featured a round-robin tournament within the groups, with each team playing each other once. However, as opposed to a tournament bracket after the games were completed, the teams with the best record from each group met in the gold medal game, with the second-place teams in each group playing for the bronze medal, the third-place teams playing in the 5th-place game, and the fourth-place teams playing in the 7th-place game, thus guaranteeing each team four games.
A round-robin tournament is a competition in which each contestant meets all other contestants in turn. A round-robin contrasts with an elimination tournament, in which participants are eliminated after a certain number of losses.
Automatic berths included the host nation and the defending champions. Both finalists from the European Federation of American Football tournament received berths. Two teams from the Pan American Federation of American Football received berths, as did one member each from the Asian Federation of American Football and from the Oceania Federation of American Football.
For the 2019 championship, the tournament will expand to 12 teams.Teams will be divided into four groups, each consisting of three teams. Teams will play the other two teams in their group once each, for a total of two group-stage games. Teams will then advance to the second round, and from there to the placement and medal games.
Because American football is far more dominant in the United States than anywhere else in the world, the United States did not field a team in the tournament for its first two editions. The United States has fielded a squad for the last three iterations, but with extremely restrictive criteria that make most American football players ineligible for the team. Despite the restrictions, the United States has won all three world championships in which they have competed. Similarly, Canada (where Canadian football, a related sport, has widespread popularity) did not participate until the 2011 competition, when the Canadian team finished second to the United States.
|Year||Host||Final||Third-place match||Number of teams|
|Winner||Score||Runner-up||3rd place||Score||4th place|
|23–20 (2 OT)|
|2019||Postponed to 2023|
|Team|| 1999 |
| 2003 |
| 2007 |
| 2011 |
| 2015 |
|1st||3 (2007, 2011, 2015)||-||-||-|
|2nd||2 (1999, 2003)||2 (2007, 2015)||1 (2011)||-|
|3rd||–||2 (1999, 2003)||1 (2015)||1 (2011)|
|5th||–||–||2 (2003, 2007)||–|
|6th||–||–||1 (1999)||1 (2007)|
|7th||–||–||–||2 (2003, 2015)|
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