LIVESTREAM IFAF WWC: Team Canada vs Team Australia, July 30, 12 noon CET (6 am ET)

The opening game of the 2022 IFAF World Women’s Championship features the world number two, Team Canada and a Team Australia squad that finished sixth in the six team tournament in 2017.

The last time these two teams faced each other was in that tournament and Canada overwhelmed the Australians, beating them 31-6.

However, Team Canada head coach Ryan Clutterbuck did not see the game as lopsided:

“That was a close game. It was 17-6 late in the third quarter.”

Asked about this year’s Canadian team, Clutterbuck was happy:

“I like our team a lot. They’re talented. They’re fast. They’re smart. The challenge, in an event like this, is that we just have no idea what to expect from the other groups. You just never know, until you line up and see what Australia has to throw at you.”

The team has a core of perhaps a third of the team returning from 2017, with wide receiver Laurence Pontbriand, quarterback Maude Lacasse and defensive end Joanie Duchesneau as key players.

“The linebacker corps is the strength of our defense.”

Kevin Wilson, Australia’s HC:

“It’s always a challenge. It has been a challenge (because of covid) getting the team together.”

Players to watch for from Team Australia include quarterback Isabella Paholek, who has “Good arm strength, but is also quite good with her feet.”

Other players to keep an eye on include wide receivers Jordan Di Mizio and Kodie Muller, along with running back Casey Burns. Australia only returns four or five players from the 2017 team.

Watch the game live. Team Canada vs Team Australia, July 30, 12 noon CET (6 am ET) (The link will go live at game time with full English commentary). Or watch the game live here.

Russ Crawford is an Associate Professor of History at Ohio Northern University in Ada, OH. He has published three books: Women’s American Football: Breaking Barriers On and Off the Field (2022), Le Football: The History of American Football in