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USA Football takes on the world

Scrambling between English classes, Chuck Kyle scurried to his office this past May and heard an out-of-the-blue voice mail from USA Football. The words "Junior World Championship" piqued the St. Ignatius (Cleveland) High teacher and football coach's interest.

"Whoa, they're gonna do this in football?" Kyle said. "I'm also a track coach, and when you say 'Junior World Championships' in track and field, that's huge."

Following an Olympic model, a U.S. team of just-graduated high school seniors will compete in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship, a football tournament represented by eight countries from four continents. Kyle will serve as the inaugural U.S. coach, and Fawcett Stadium, adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, will host the groundbreaking games from June 27-July 5, 2009.

"The Junior World Championship will stand among the most significant international and possibly domestic events in football's history," said Scott Hallenbeck, executive director of USA Football.

This new event will include teams from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Sweden. A Jan. 24 game between New Zealand and Australia will decide the Oceania participant; games between Bahamas and Panama on Jan. 24 and the Bahamas/Panama winner and Mexico on Feb. 14 will determine the final entry.

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very cool :)

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