Club and all-star teams from Austria, China, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic will welcome an Ivy League school, Division III colleges and a high school select team as Global Football takes travelers into the international arena for a 24th consecutive year in 2019.
On March 9, the University of Pennsylvania will become the first Ivy League school to play a game of American football in China when the Quakers take on the China All Stars in Shanghai. The hosts feature many players from the Shanghai Titans, who on January 12 defend their American Football League of China (AFLC) title in the championship game.
April 6 sees a select team of players drawn from high schools across the United States, known collectively as Team Stars & Stripes, take on the East Kilbride Pirates junior team in Stirling, Scotland in the Global Ambassadors Bowl. The bowl will be contested for a 12th time having first been played in Japan in 2008.
On May 18 or 19, Ohio Northern University will take on the Allgäu Comets in Kempten, Germany at the Adolf Holzli-Adi Stadium. The Comets are coached by Jeff Scurran, who has traveled overseas previously with Global Football, twice taking charge of Team Stars & Stripes in the Global Ambassadors Bowls.
That same weekend, the University of the South will be in Rome where the Sewanee Tigers take on the Lazio Ducks of the Italian Football League. There is also Italian opposition in store a week later on May 25 or 26 when Muhlenberg College takes on Guelfi Firenze in Florence, where the hosts are led by former Baylor coach Art Briles.
On June 1 or 2, Luther College will face a Spanish All Star team organized by former Barcelona Dragons national coach Marcos Guirles in the Catalan capital. June 8 sees Elmhurst College take on one of Austria’s top clubs the Graz Giants, then on June 15 or 16, North Central College faces the reigning Czech League champions, the Prague Black Panthers, who have won six straight titles.
Family, friends and alumni wishing to travel with teams heading overseas can find booking details at the web page http://www.globalfootball.com/2019-Tours.