Event Details

Global Football will host the Dublin High School Football Showcase in Ireland on Friday, August 28, 2020 when teams from the United States head across the Atlantic to play competitive and regular season games in the nation’s capital.

High schools that have committed to the event, which is played in association with the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, will be announced during the coming months, along with the event venues. Limited spots remain for schools to commit to this adventure of a lifetime. All traveling players, coaches and supporters will attend the college football game between Navy and Notre Dame at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, August 29 – the hottest ticket in town.

“We are arranging some intriguing and competitive matchups between American teams that will excite the people of Dublin, who always provide a warm welcome and support our events in force,” said Global Football president and founder Patrick Steenberge.

“We are delighted to be working alongside the Aer Lingus College Football Series promoters and be part of game-week 2020 which will attract more than 35,000 U.S. visitors to Ireland, which will be a new record of U.S. citizens to ever travel outside of the United States for an event. This latest visit to Ireland will be even more special because Global Football celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020.”

The teams will train at the impressive athletic facilities of University College Dublin and will experience the local culture through a series of educational tours. Dublin will again be brought to a standstill when all teams and their accompanying bands and cheerleaders join a city center parade on the Thursday night before the games, which will culminate in an American-style Pep Rally in the heart of Dublin City.

This is the fourth time Global Football has organized a high school spectacular alongside college football games played in Ireland. In 2012, a total of 12 teams played a series of double headers at Donnybrook Stadium and Parnell Park in Dublin and at Pairc Tailteann in County Meath. UCD played host in 2014 and then in 2016, local sports fans enjoyed a triple-header of games at Donnybrook Stadium.



About Global Football:
Since 1996 Global Football has provided 15,000 amateur football players, coaches, families and fans from more than 350 schools the opportunity to travel and compete internationally with similar people of differing cultures. During that time, they have produced games and tours in 28 countries on 6 continents, including 2012, 2014 and 2016 D3 college and high school showcases staged in Ireland alongside the NCAA college football games. Through these games, clinics and tours the people involved experience and learn about unique lands, fascinating people, and the sports environment in different parts of the world. Global Football has become the world’s largest exporter and producer of American football outside of the USA. The Global Football Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was formed to further our commitment to these goals. Contact Patrick Steenberge: 817-219-7274 / Email: Patrick@GlobalFootball.com.

Anthony Travel, a division of On Location Experiences, is a full-service travel management company specializing in university and athletic travel. Founded in 1989, Anthony Travel has 29 years of experience in collegiate travel, servicing over 80 college athletic departments year-round and numerous other universities throughout the year with special events. Anthony Travel manages all housing and travel components of 300+ athletic events annually and has managed over 160 international athletic tours in more than 30 countries on 6 continents. Anthony Travel has played a significant role in the formation and execution of all of the successful overseas college football games of recent history, including the 2012 Emerald Isle Classic, 2014 Croke Park Classic and 2016 Aer Lingus College Football Classic, both played in Dublin and broadcast around the world. In 2012, the last time Navy and Notre Dame played in Ireland, Anthony Travel managed travel for over 10,000 U.S. visitors. Anthony Travel consulted and executed with the participating universities on stadium selection, revenue strategies including sponsorships and ticket sales, marketing, travel packages, tourism relationships, pep rallies, pre-game parties and various ancillary events.

Corporate.ie is a leading Irish events and hospitality company. The company played a pivotal role to both the Emerald Isle Classic in 2012 and the Croke Park Classic in 2014 and has an excellent understanding of the various traditions and culture associated with US college football. For the Emerald Isle Classic in 2012, Corporate.ie represented The University of Notre Dame on the ground in Ireland for 18 months prior to game weekend. Creating, developing and executing a very specific four-day program which was enjoyed by 28,000 plus Notre Dame travelling supporters. For the Croke Park Classic in 2014, Corporate.ie worked directly with the management of Croke Park Stadium on the strategic planning of the overall event from early 2014, assuming control for the activation of the City and the high-level business networking events.

Aer Lingus is the national airline of Ireland, founded in 1936. The airline operates 61 aircraft on routes to destinations in the UK, Europe and North America, carrying 11 million customers per annum. This summer Aer Lingus will operate 24 flights per day across the North Atlantic, with three daily services between Boston and Ireland; two flights to Dublin and one flight to Shannon. Aer Lingus’ primary mission is ‘To Connect Ireland to The World’ by providing guests with convenience, choice, comfort, a seamless experience and value. We serve a combination of leisure and business travelers with a quality core product that can be augmented through benefit driven a la carte paid options. Aer Lingus serves central airport locations, enhancing connectivity options. Our guests can choose from nine North American destinations with more than 100 onward connections across the U.S and Canada with our partner airlines. Dublin Airport is the only major airport in Europe to offer U.S preclearance, which enables passengers to save time on arrival in the U.S by completing all the necessary immigration and customs checks prior to departure.