The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) has named IMG Academy the official training provider of its World Team Program. Under the terms of the agreement, IMG Academy will host the IFAF’s World Development Team Camp, to be held January 3-9, 2013, and again in Jan. 2014. The camp is expected to attract more than 200 players from 29 IFAF member nations. IMG Academy will also sponsor the World Team when they participate in the fourth annual International Bowl, to be held February 5, 2013 in Austin, Texas.
“We’re excited to bring the World Team Development Camp to IMG Academy, where members will have access to world-class training, coaches and facilities,” said Tommy Wiking, President, IFAF. “IMG Academy brings more than three decades of experience in training international players in multiple sports, so this is an important step toward continuing our commitment to the global development of the game in the program’s fourth year.”
The World Team program started four years ago as an elite international player and coach development initiative. It is designed to provide an opportunity for the world's top players and coaches to further develop, while collectively showcasing the game's growth on the global stage. The camp helps to identify members of the World Team, a collection of the top international players aged 19 and younger, who will compete against USA Football’s Under-19 National Team in the International Bowl in Austin, Texas in February.
“I’m looking forward to working with aspiring players and coaches from around the globe through this exciting relationship with IFAF,” remarked Chris Weinke, Director of Football, IMG Academy. “Given the growing number of international players at the collegiate and pro levels, this is a great opportunity for IMG Academy to work with IFAF in training and identifying young talent for the World Team and beyond.”
The IMG Academy football program is committed to international player development at the youth, collegiate, and professional levels. Through camps, clinics, and events, the program has attracted thousands of youth players from the U.S. and 35 nations, including: France; Japan; Panama; Mexico; Italy; Brazil; Venezuela; and Canada. In 2013, the football program will launch its first competitive high school football team. Members of the inaugural team will join one of the most culturally-diverse and talented student bodies in the world, consisting of more than 750 student-athletes representing 85 countries.
In addition to its commitment to youth development, IMG Academy continues to serve as a training destination for collegiate players looking to prepare themselves for the NFL, CFL and European professional league teams looking for access to the best training, coaches, and facilities in one location.