New Brunswick hosts the world
Three New Brunswick cities will host the 2013 IFAF Women’s World Tackle Football Championship.
National teams from eight countries will converge on Saint John, New Brunswick, for the International tournament in August, 2013. Neighboring cities Fredericton and Moncton will also each host a pair of games.
The inaugural IFAF Women’s World Championship was played in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2010. Following a series of group games, the United States won the Gold Medal, seeing off the challenge of Canada, while Finland defeated Germany to claim bronze and host Sweden edged out Austria for fifth place.
“Hosting this prestigious tournament is an ongoing journey that I have to see women’s football developed throughout Canada,” said Saint John native LArry Harlow, who co-founded his nation’s first women’s tackle league in New Brunswick in 2003. “We are honored and excited to bring the world’s best female players to our province and I am certain that the people here and throughout Canada will show their support.
The province of New Brunswick has strong ties to women’s football. The Maritime Women’s Football League (MWFL) currently operates with four teams for players aged 18 years and older. In 2008 a junior football league was started in Saint John, for girls aged 14-17 and has grown to become a provincial league with the girls playing six-a-side games. In 2010 the first ever Team Canada final camp was held in Saint John before the team traveled to participate in the 2010 IFAF Women’s World Championship in Sweden. It was from these programs and those in Montreal, Edmonton and Winnipeg that female football has grown across Canada.
The 62 IFAF member federations that have established women’s programs will be invited to participate in regional qualifying stages for the right to compete at the 2013 IFAF Women’s World Championship. Game dates and group placement will be announced at a later date.