The Superstars of the IFAF U20 World Junior Championship

Football might be considered the ultimate team sport, but there were some outstanding individual performances at the 2024 IFAF U20 World Junior Championships that brought players with a promising future in the game to everyone’s attention.

Three players won tournament MVP accolades, but it was tough decision to narrow down one on offense, defense and special teams to determine who would take home trophies to celebrate their contributions. Here’s a look at some of the standouts from the 12 games played in Edmonton from June 22-30.


Austria came dangerously close to being gold medal contenders, losing buy a single score to gold eventual medalists Canada in the semifinals. They had already become the first European team to defeat North American opposition with a statement 41-13 victory over Canada 2. Then the European champions claimed their continent’s first bronze medal by beating the United States 32-25.

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Michael Preston (@PRMikePreston) is currently working with IFAF in a PR capacity. He recently covered Super Bowl LVII as a member of the NFL PR team as he has done for 20+ years. He has held communications positions with NFL Europe, the North