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Posted on 21 May 2012 - Go back to news list
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Sweden to host Great-Britain in historic competitive international student game.

Sweden and Great Britain will create history next year when they play the first competitive international student game of American football to be played between two IFAF members.

International Federation of American Football (IFAF) President Tommy Wiking made the announcement today following discussions between the two nations and bodies involved in the promotion and development of student sport BUAFL (British Universities American Football League) and SAIF (Swedish University Sports Federation).

"The announcement of a fixture in 2013 represents another milestone in the development of our sport as we have seen an increased focus upon the potential of our sport in colleges around the world," said Wiking. "Last year for example, IFAF was delighted to be able to send a delegation to the FISU Universiade in Shenzhen, China.

"We see a commitment to this historic fixture as part of a wider program of activity designed to support the development of the sport in this key sector around the world.

"Both the Swedish and British federations are grateful for the support of the Swedish University Sports Federation. We look forward to working with them to finalize our plans in the coming months."

Chairman of the British American Football Association (BAFA) Gary Marshall added: "Today marks the beginning of another exciting journey for British American football. BAFA is pleased to play a full part in the international development of student football and we look forward to working with federations around the world to maximize its potential."

BAFA Director for Student Football Andy Fuller welcomed the announcement and said: "On behalf of our students, I would like to thank all those who have worked so hard to put us in a position to look forward to a representative fixture in 2013 and who continue to work to drive forward the development of the student game."

Full details of the date and venue for the game to be played in 2013 will be announced in the coming months.

Source: FIFA