IFAF announces 2-year broadcasting deal with CBC Sports, AFI carrying all games from U19 World Championships

The International Federation of American Football has announced a two-year partnership with Canada’s CBC Sports,, the sports division of Canada’s national public broadcaster starting with coverage of the IFAF World Junior (U-19) from Estadio Olympico in Mexico City on July 14.

The agreement will see CBC Sports, Canada’s home for high-performance sport, livestream every Football Canada game of the eight-day World Junior (U19) tournament at cbcsports.ca as well as via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices, the CBC TV App and cbc.ca/watch, on July 14, 18 and 22.

Canada is the defending gold medalist at the event, having defeated the United States at the previous World Junior tournament in Harbin, China in 2016.

AFI to show all the games

American Football International will be showing every game from the  IFAF World Junior (U-19) from Estadio Olympico in Mexico City in both English and Spanish. Via Maximo Avance and Krown Countdown U as well as Yare Media, AFI will present all nine games of the tournament with commentary of the Team Canada games in English via AFI’s CFL media partner, Yare Media.

The IFAF World Junior (U-19) can be viewed in Mexico on Maximo Avance. Fans outside of Canada and Mexico can watch either the English or Spanish language feeds for free via Yare Media’s IFAF portal at ifaf.yaretv.com  supported by AFI Review at americanfootballinternational.com.

Krown Countdown U presenting broadcasts

The broadcasts are presented by Krown Countdown U, a weekly college football pre-game and recap show broadcast on CHCH-DT across Canada. As part of the agreement, in 2018, Countdown U’s online home will be cbcsports.ca, with the new season beginning in August.

IFAF President Richard Maclean:

“CBC Sports is a global leader for sports programming and we are proud to partner with them to showcase the future of the sport internationally.”

Greg Stremlaw, executive director, CBC Sports, and general manager, Olympics:

“CBC Sports is pleased to bring Team Canada’s pursuit of a third world junior championship to audiences across the country. American football is one of the most popular sports in Canada and given our history of support for the game, CBC Sports is the natural fit to provide a home for fans to catch all of the action featuring homegrown athletes.”

Krown Countdown U producer Jim Mullin:

“We’re honoured to be part of the CBC Sports family who have proven their commitment to promoting elite amateur sport to Canadians via new media. We are happy we can play a role in establishing football on the CBC Sports online platform with the continued support of Krown Produce.”

2018 IFAF World Junior Championship Schedule

July 14th: Game Day 1

US vs Australia @ 10am PT/1pm ET
Canada vs Sweden @ 2pm PT/5pm ET
Mexico vs Japan @ 6pm PT/9pm ET

July 18th: Game Day 2

Australia vs Sweden @ 9am PT/Noon ET
Canada vs Loser of (Mexico vs Japan) @ Noon PT/3pm ET
USA vs Winner of (Mexico vs Japan) @ 3pm PT/6pm ET

July 22nd: Final Game Day 3

5th Place Game @ 10am PT/1pm ET
Bronze Medal game @ 2pm PT/5pm ET
Gold Medal Game @ 6pm PT/9pm ET

• Games in bold are available to watch as live streams at cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app, accompanied by an English-language play-by-play broadcast team.

About IFAF

The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) is the international governing body of American football associations. IFAF has a membership of over 60 countries on each continent. IFAF became a provisional member of SportAccord in 2003 and became a full member in 2005. IFAF stages numerous global events including the Senior World Championship (Men and Women) every four years, Under-19 World Championship (Men and Women), every two years, the Senior Flag Football World Championship (Men and Women), every two years. More information is available at the website, www.ifaf.org.

About Krown Countdown U

Heading into its eighth season, Krown Countdown U is a weekly college football recap show and pre-game show available on demand each Wednesday at cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app and on television by CHCH-DT across Canada, Thursday nights at 11:30 pm ET after local news and sports during football season. “KCU” complements CHCH’s coverage of OUA college football which is broadcast periodically on Saturday afternoons during the college football season. It can be seen prior to the start of OUA game broadcasts with a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. The show recaps USports football games, features, news and analysis of the week’s upcoming games with additional content focusing on Canadian content in NCAA football, Football Canada national teams, and the Canadian Junior Football League.

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About CBC Sports

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s Olympic Network through 2024 and Canada’s Paralympic Network through 2020. The national public broadcaster is committed to showcasing Canadian and international athletes and sports across all platforms under the CBC Sports and Hockey Night in Canada brands, including on television, online at cbcsports.ca and via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices. CBC Sports prides itself on telling the story of the high-performance athlete’s journey every step of the way, ensuring Canadians always know the people who represent them before they see them atop the podium.

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