The International Federation of American Football (IFAF) and the American Football Federation of Germany (American Football Verband Deutschland, AFVD) have agreed to intensify joint efforts to further promote and establish the sport of American football globally.
IFAF unites more than 60 national federations on all continents, is a proud member of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code signatory and is provisionally recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
AFVD has a proud track record in developing the sport domestically, with one of the largest participation bases in the world and a talent program which has seen continued success for German national teams in international competition. AFVD has also played host to multiple international tournaments organized on behalf of IFAF.
Open and mutually respectful discussions within IFAF have been conducted in recent years to consider the best ways to increase the profile of American football internationally. The challenges ahead are significant in an ever-evolving sporting landscape but the growth of and interest in the sport, as it is administered by IFAF member federations, is getting stronger and stronger all over the world. By combining all the efforts of the entire global IFAF community the sport has a positive future.
It is in that spirit that IFAF is ensuring and confirming that AFVD is a full member of IFAF and in good standing with IFAF. IFAF can also confirm that the German national teams fielded by AFVD are entitled to enter all future cycles of national team competitions of IFAF, including the 2021 IFAF Flag Football World Championships – the qualification event for The World Games 2022.