Global Football Kicks Off 20th Year Of Spring Tours

Global Football Kicks Off 20th Year Of Spring Tours

May is here and the 20-year Global Football tradition providing NCAA D-III American football teams with an unrivaled opportunity to travel to Europe kicks into high gear. Three colleges have again trusted Global Football to enlighten their student-athletes through educational sightseeing tours and a chance to face European opposition on the gridiron, choosing to head overseas with the industry leader in providing such opportunities to travel and play the game they love. Central College (Iowa) heads to Europe for a fourth time with Global Football, taking in Greece and Italy, while Ireland and Scotland-bound Hanover College (Indiana) and Luther College, who will visit Denmark and Norway (Iowa), each travel for a second time. The teams will face top opposition from the club and national team levels. For Global Football, visiting Scotland and Norway chalks up the 22nd and 23rd countries visited while providing amateur football players, coaches, families and fans the opportunity to travel and compete internationally with similar people of differing cultures since 1996. “This is my favorite time of the year as I get to share some of the world’s most impressive lands and cultures with inquisitive student athletes,” said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge. “While football is the thing that binds them together as a team, our larger goal is to help build responsible Global Citizens. The colleges and coaches are to be commended for having the vision to provide this opportunity for these young men.” Global Football Spring Tours: Date College Visiting Opponent May 11-19: Hanover College (Indiana) to Ireland and Scotland to play East Kilbride Pirates (Scotland) May 18-26: Central College (Iowa) to Greece and...
Central College To Play Roma Grizzlies In Italy

Central College To Play Roma Grizzlies In Italy

Central College will head to Europe for a fourth time with Global Football as the Dutch football team visits Greece and Italy and faces the Roma Grizzlies club team on Sunday, May 24. The Dutch, who finished with an 8-2 record in 2014 under head coach Jeff McMartin, have previously visited Italy (2011 and 2007) and Switzerland and Germany (2004) with Global Football, capitalizing on NCAA rules that allow Division III schools to travel overseas to play every three years. Their opponent, the Roma Grizzlies returned to the top level of the Italian Football League in 2015 in the south division under head coach Claudio Faccini, having won the second division title two years running. “It is always special to visit Rome with our teams, as there is so much history and culture there to enjoy,” said Global Football President Patrick Steenberge. “Having the chance to play the Roma Grizzlies in their quality facility will be wonderful for all our traveling players, coaches and fans of Central College. We appreciate all the effort of the Grizzlies to welcome the Dutch.” The Dutch football roster will practice at home in Pella, Iowa ahead of their tour and meeting on the gridiron with the Grizzlies, allowing ample time while traveling to experience the sights and culture of two of Europe’s most historical and stunning nations. Upon arriving in Greece, the Central touring party will visit the historic district of Plaka, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the first Olympic site, the sprawling Acropolis, the Parthenon and important landmarks of today, including Syntagma Square, the Parliament building and Omonia Square. Having...
Pirates And Panthers Countdown To Scotland Clash

Pirates And Panthers Countdown To Scotland Clash

The Hanover College football Panthers are raring to go, little more than a month before they head to Europe with Global Football to discover Ireland and Scotland. Their opponents in a challenge game that will highlight the overseas visit, the East Kilbride Pirates, are counting down the days to the kickoff of the new British American Football Association National Leagues season. The Panthers will take on Scotland’s top American football team on Saturday, May 16 at Hamilton Rugby Club on the outskirts of Glasgow. Last season the Pirates posted an unbeaten 10-0 record during regular season and reached the semi finals of the playoffs under head coach Ross Templeton. The team recently completed an annual three-day residential training camp at Strathallan School in Perthshire, where almost 80 players, coaches and staff attended and are now raring to go, with the 2015 season starting on April 26. “Everyone in the Pirates is really looking forward to this game,” said coach Templeton. “It will be great to be able to measure ourselves against a team from the United States. We’re expecting it to be an exciting and challenging encounter, and hopefully it will help us continue to get better and take the next step in our growth as a team.” Hanover head coach Steve Baudendistel, who has been a member of the Panther coaching staff for ten seasons and led them to a second placed finish in the HCAC (Heartland College Athletic Conference) last season, said: “I am very excited to be bringing the Hanover Panthers to Scotland for our game against the Pirates. The opportunity to visit Ireland and Scotland...
Luther College Follows Roots Back To Norway

Luther College Follows Roots Back To Norway

Luther College traces its roots back to the nation of Norway and in May, the Iowa school’s football team will head to Scandinavia to take on the Norwegian national American football team. Head coach Aaron Hafner will lead the Norse Nation against a Norway team that will play competitively for the first time since 2007 following a period of rebuilding. Since reforming in the spring of 2013, the Norwegian national team has focused on building a program and recruiting a mainstay of players. The game against Luther will help build experience toward the European Championship qualification cycle that starts in the fall of 2015. “We are very excited to finally take the field as a national team,” said Norway Coach Jørgen Benestad-Johansen. “The opportunity to host Luther College and Global Football just adds to the excitement. A proven builder of football worldwide, combined with a college team, which has strong Norwegian roots, is a great opportunity for our sport in Norway. “Luther football has shown growth and improvement over the last couple of years, and this will be a tough opponent for us. It is hard to tell how the two teams will match up against each other, but the game itself will be a great experience for the men on both teams, I am sure.” Many schools and colleges that travel with Global Football have an emotional or historical link to the country they visit, and Luther College in particular has an historical connection with Norway. The Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America decided in 1857, to found a college in St. Louis. In the summer of 1862...
Team Stars & Stripes Wins Global Bowl Italy

Team Stars & Stripes Wins Global Bowl Italy

Team Stars & Stripes defeated Lazio Marines 75-7 to win Global Bowl Italy as Josh Nelson of Tesoro high school in California scored rushing and receiving touchdowns and also returned an interception for six points. Quarterback Ryan Wayland, who passed for 1,608 yards for Episcopal Academy (Philadelphia, PA) in 2014, threw two touchdowns and rushed for one score in the emphatic win. The student-athletes on the Team Stars & Stripes roster were selected from high schools in Arizona, California, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania under head coach Bill Gallagher of Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia. The overseas visit included opportunities to experience a new culture and visit some of the world’s most iconic tourist attractions. Since March 24, the group has explored ancient Rome, the Coliseum, Florence Tuscany, Siena and the Basilica of St Francis of Assisi. They will visit Vatican City before returning home on Tuesday. The Americans scored 35 first quarter points and led 49-0 at halftime, opening with a 12-yard rushing touchdown by Nelson. Kicker Zach Gallagher (Villa Angela-St Joseph, OH) added the first of seven successful extra points. Whayland threw a screen pass that Enrique Sparkman (Mountain View, AZ) took for a 17-yard score before Zach Carroll (Father Judge) scored on a quarterback scramble from six yards out and Caleb Lassister (Roxborough, PA) added a 21-yard rushing touchdown. JP Ramirez (Mountain View, AZ) completed the first quarter rout with a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown. Christian Miller (North Ridge, IN) raced 75 yards down the right sideline on a spectacular scoring run to open the second quarter and a 42-point lead. The Marines put together a...