22 Canadians selected for Greg Marshall’s Team World (U20) squad – ROSTER


Greg Marshall, Head coach of Team World (Western Mustangs), and his staff selected the first 40 players to participate in this year’s version of Team World. Five players will be added to the roster in the next week or two. The Canadian players hail from coast to coast, representing CIS, CJFL, CEGEP & high school programs.

“It is a challenge to put together a roster of players who are spread around the world and speak different languages, but we are confident that we have selected the best junior international players available,” said coach Marshall, who is also head coach of the Western University Mustangs.

Marshall was named the 2010 Ontario University Athletics coach of the year and coached the World Team offensive line last year.

He added: “We believe we will be competitive and will give players from several countries an opportunity to showcase their talents and to show the American football community that there is a wealth of talent outside what people regard as the game’s traditional borders.”

The annual game will match an eventual 45-man World Team, which will be completed in the coming weeks, against 45 of the top high school seniors from the United States. The World Team will feature the best players aged 19-and-under selected from among the 59 IFAF member countries under Canadian head coach GREG MARSHALL, whose coaching staff is selected from eight countries.

The 2011 World Team roster is comprised of players representing American Samoa (3), Austria (5), Canada (22), Finland (2), Germany (3), Japan (2), Mexico (1) and Sweden (2), who were selected from a provisional list of players nominated by IFAF federations. They will practice nine times while in Austin from January 28 to February 1.

The Team USA vs. The World series kicked off in January 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where Team USA earned a 17-0 victory. The World Team held the hosts scoreless until the final play of the first half, suggesting that the gap in quality between international junior football players and their counterparts from the United States is narrowing as the game’s popularity spreads around the world. The second annual game will kickoff at 7:30 pm CT at Austin Westlake High School Stadium. Tickets cost $8 and are available at www.usafootball.com/app/webroot/teamusa.

“IFAF is excited to again send a team of the world’s best under-19 players to take on Team USA,” said IFAF President TOMMY WIKING. “In the last game, the World Team showed that they can compete with the best the United States has to offer. When we play again in Austin, we will be out there believing we will not only compete, but win.”

CANADIANS

Returning for a second year are defensive backs SOON CHA (University of Ottawa) and CAMERON WADE (Acadia University) and defensive linemen JOEL SUETTER (University of Saskatchewan).


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On the offensive side of the ball, Canadian running back STEVEN LUMBALA from the University of Calgary returns having pounded 28 yards on 7 carries against Team USA in 2010. Compatriot ALEX ANTHONY from Laurier University, who captained the World Team in 2010, will return at wide receiver. Both were also members of the Team Canada squad that claimed the silver medal at the IFAF Junior World Championship in Canton, Ohio in 2009.

The rest of the Canadians are listed in the roster below.

OTHER NOTES

Joining the final World Team roster, an IFAF Development Team will take part in practices in Austin with the aim of identifying and developing future prospects, who will form the basis of the 2012 World Team. In addition one player from the development team will be selected for the final 2011 World Team roster, while in Austin.

“It is important that we expose younger players to this high level of intense practice and play as we continue to develop quality players internationally,” added Wiking. “The World Team is part of a bigger picture that will increase the standard of the game outside of the United States.”

USA Football’s 2011 Under-19 team is led by DARREN ALLMAN, head coach of Austin (Texas) Westlake High School, has also announced the majority of players selected for his 45-man roster. Team USA’s roster presently stands at 42 athletes from 21 states and Washington, D.C. The remaining three roster spots will be announced soon.

Allman led Westlake to the Texas Class 5-A (largest school division) state final in 2009. He is 57-19 (.750) overall in six seasons as a head coach.

Participation in “Team USA vs. The World” is recognized as a U.S. National Team competition by the NCAA and not considered an all-star game.

“There’s no better place to bring the world’s best in football than Austin,” USA Football Chairman CARL PETERSON said. “The passion for this sport in South Texas is deep and generational. Whether a player is from Seattle or Stockholm, he’s going to love playing in this atmosphere in front of these fans.”

World Team Roster – By Country:

Pos

Name

Last Name

Country

Ht.

Wt.

Team

DL

Tavita Katina
American Samoa

6-3

250

Fa’asao Marist High School
LB

Beck Coulter
American Samoa

6-2

240

Eastern Arizona CC
LB

Penitito Faalologo
American Samoa

6-2

200

Fagaitua High School
RB

Andreas Hofbauer
Austria

5-11

198

Swarco Raiders Tirol
WR

Laurinho Walch
Austria

5-11

148

Vienna Vikings
OL

Michael Habetin
Austria

6-3

309

Swarco Raiders Tirol
OL

Aleksandar Milanovic
Austria

6-6

290

Vienna Vikings
LB

Jakob Baran
Austria

6-0

220

Danube Dragons
QB

Ben Rossong
Canada

6-3

210

University of Western Ontario
RB

Steven Lumbala
Canada

5-11

200

University of Calgary
WR

Alex Anthony
Canada

6-2

200

Wilfrid Laurier University
WR

Jake Harty
Canada

6-6

205

Henry Wisewood High School
WR

Tevaun Smith
Canada

6-1

180

Chaminade College High School
OL

Kyle Brow
Canada

6-4

275

University of Alberta
OL

Matthias Goossen
Canada

6-3

290

Simon Fraser University
OL

Winston Miles
Canada

6-6

305

Forest Hill Collegiate Inst.
ATH

Jahlani Gilbert-Knorren
Canada

6-1

186

University of Saskatchewan
K/P

Felix Faubert-Lussier
Canada

6-0

202

Spartiates du Vieux-Montreal
DL

Lindon Gaydosh
Canada

6-4

320

University of Calgary
DL

Levi Steinhauer
Canada

6-4

235

University of Saskatchewan
DL

Joel Seutter
Canada

6-2

235

University of Saskatchewan
LB

Drew Morris
Canada

6-1

225

Ottawa Sooners
LB

Andrew Rowe
Canada

6-1

215

Vancouver Island Raiders
DB

Soon Cha
Canada

5-11

180

University of Ottawa
DB

Thomas Girard
Canada

5-11

176

François-Xavier Garneau
DB

Marcus Grandison
Canada

6-0

205

Chaminade College High School
DB

Luke Thiel
Canada

5-10

190

University of Saskatchewan
DB

Cameron Wade
Canada

6-2

185

Acadia University
OL

Roman Grozman
Canada

6-4

330

St Thomas of Villanova Coll.
DL

Shaquille Armstrong
Canada

6-2

288

Concordia University
DL

Victor Sarvi
Finland

6-5

253

Helsinki Wolverines
DB

Tuomas Nurmi
Finland

6-1

198

Helsinki Roosters
QB

Marco Ehrenfried
Germany

6-5

216

Schwabisch Hall Unicorns
OL

Farid Jansen
Germany

6-1

267

Düsseldorf Panthers
DL

Marcel Riep
Germany

6-0

231

Düsseldorf Panthers
RB

Shun Yokota
Japan

5-10

192

Chuo University
WR

Shin Takasaki
Japan

5-8

176

Kansai University
WR

Andres Salgado
Mexico

6-2

170

PUMAS CU
FB

Pontus Westman
Sweden

6-2

200

Tyreso Royal Crowns
LB

Markus Westman
Sweden

6-2

205

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