Cathedral Prep’s Mike Mischler Named CAC Top 25 Coach of the Year

Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.) head coach Mike Mischler has been named the Catholic Athletes For Christ Top 25 Coach of the Year. The veteran coach led the Ramblers from starting the season outside the inaugural CAC Top 25 ranking of Catholic high school football teams across the nation, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football, to the number three spot in the final 2017 ranking. The Ramblers recorded a 14-0 season and won the PIAA Class AAAA state championship for the second straight season, defeating Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia), 38-28. “Mike is an excellent coach who knows the game inside and out, and his historic two-year run which includes a school-record 28 straight wins and back to back state championships only validates that,” said Prep Director of Athletics Bill Flanagan. “What separates Mike from so many others is his true love and passion for the kids he coaches. Without question, that leadership style is the reason the Cathedral Prep football program has been so successful.” Mischler has coached 19 seasons and has a career record of 189-55 (.7780), including a Cathedral Prep mark of 172-39 (.820). His playoff record during a span of 18 consecutive seasons is 44-15 (.750). He has won 4 state titles in 6 appearances, has made 9 Western final appearances and has won 12 District 10 titles and 14 Metro-League/Region titles. “We are proud to recognize Coach Mike Mischler for the amazing success his Erie Prep team has had, but more so for the lifelong values he continues to instill in every player he coaches,” said Patrick Steenberge of Global Football. “Every person who played... read more

Global Football Exhibits at the AFCA Convention for a 20th Year

For the 20th year in succession, Global Football will feature prominently and engage with football coaches from around the world at the annual American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Convention. The Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina hosts the 95th annual AFCA showpiece event from January 7-10. Global Football President Patrick Steenberge will be available to meet coaches and visitors to the Convention at Booth 204 in the exhibit hall, across from the new educational skills field. Since 1996, only Global Football has consistently provided amateur football players, coaches, families and fans the opportunity to travel and compete internationally with people of differing cultures, producing games and tours in 28 countries on 6 continents. More than 350 teams and 15,000 curious travelers have encountered a positive life-changing experience, while enjoying the ultimate team-building opportunity. “The AFCA Convention is always so special for us as it provides coaches the chance to talk casually about the opportunities available to them and their teams,” said Steenberge. “Taking on such a project is a major step for a school, so having time to discuss personally can be very helpful for coaches. In addition, we get to reunite with coaching friends we’ve developed through our 22 years of operations.” The AFCA Convention provides an opportunity for coaches considering taking teams overseas a chance to talk with Patrick, who will also attend the meeting of NCAA Division III coaches, as many of those teams have traveled overseas with Global Football since 1996. At Booth 204, attendees can discuss the cultural and sightseeing elements of tours with Leo Jenkins, who coordinates European operations, and the logistics of... read more

Dramatic CONADEIP All-Stars Comeback Secures Tazón De Estrellas Victory

The CONADEIP All-Stars produced a stunning and unlikely comeback to overturn a 24-point deficit and dramatically win the 20th annual Tazón De Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) by a score of 28-24 in Tijuana. Game recap below; Watch the full game video here: Team Stars & Stripes looked to be cruising to victory when quarterback Chase Burton (Franklin College) tossed his second touchdown pass of the day, a 26-yard connection with William Woods (John Carroll University), for a 24-0 lead midway through the third quarter. But when the Americans were content to punt away possession and force the hosts to chase the game, the momentum swung unexpectedly. The CONADEIP All-Stars responded with a steady drive directed by quarterback Diego Ruiz which resulted in the Mexicans’ first touchdown of the day to close out the third quarter. Just when the quest for points looked to have stalled nine yards from pay dirt, Carlos Olvera made an impressive diving catch in the end zone from Ruiz. Then Kevin Correa muscled his way in for a two-point conversion to reduce the deficit to 16 points at 24-8. The All-Stars were now firing on all cylinders and drove from deep in their own half to the U.S. 35 and were helped into the red zone by an unsportsmanlike penalty. MVP Correa, who rushed 23 times for 187 yards, then ate up eight yards and Ruiz (24 of 32 for 199 yards, 3 TDs, 1 int) hit a wide-open Carlos Olvera in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown. The two-point pass attempt bounced off the hand of a receiver and the hosts trailed... read more

Tazón De Estrellas Game Preview

A squad of 40 standout student-athletes from NCAA Division III schools will take on the CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico’s private universities on Saturday, December 16 in the 20th annual Tazón De Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars). Head Coach Don De Waard will lead the Global Football-organized Team Stars & Stripes squad for a sixth time at the Margarita Aztiazarán de Fimbres Stadium at CETYS University in Tijuana, kickoff 12pm PT / 3pm ET. De Waard, who holds a 3-2 record in the cross-border rivalry, and will face a Mexican team coached by UDLAP head coach Eric Fisher (1-1) for a third time. The game will be shown live via a webcast at www.MaximoAvance.com and live stats will run throughout the game at http://livestats.onu.edu/livestats/fb/xlive.htm. Team Stars & Stripes players have been selected from Central College, Concordia University Chicago, Denison University, Franklin College, Grove City College, John Carroll University, Kalamazoo College, Kean University, Knox College, Lake Forest College, North Park University, Ripon College, Salve Regina University, Siena Heights University and Simpson College. What they’re saying… Don De Waard – Central College (retired) – Head Coach: “The enthusiasm level has been great and I think we have a really great group of guys. We have to get a lot done in a short period of time.” Video interview: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalFootballLtd/videos/1556925494342493/ Rob Cushman – Occidental College – Defensive Backs: “We have eight guys that are good athletes with good instincts. They are very coachable and are committed to doing things the right way. There is good competition going on even thought all of our guys will play a great deal on Saturday. We think... read more

Finnish & Mexican Teams Win International Pop Warner Super Bowl

The Finland Blue Lions won the Varsity Division of the Pop Warner International Super Bowl in Orlando, Florida, in only the European team’s second time entering the eight-year-old tournament.  In the Junior Varsity section, Oro y Azul posted wins of 20-7 and 14 7 over Team Mexico to claim the championship at the younger age group. The Finns and Mexico’s Queretaro were the competition’s only unbeaten Varsity teams going into the weekend’s winner-takes-all final and it was the Blue Lions who emerged as 24-6 victors, to post an overall 3-0 record. Queretaro finished the event at 2-1, along with Oro y Azul, who claimed their second win in three games with a 20-point shutout of the EAFL Falcons from the UAE, who finished the week’s action with an 0-3 record.  Team Mexico and Panteras tied 14-14 and both finished with a 1-1-1 record. Final Standings: Finland Blue Lions 3-0 Queretaro 2-1 Oro y Azul 2-1 Panteras 1-1-1 Team Mexico 1-1-1 EAFL Falcons 0-3 Varsity Division Results: Finland Blue Lions 24 Queretaro 6 Oro y Azul 20 EAFL Falcons 0 Team Mexico 14 Panteras 14 Queretaro 12 Panteras 6 Finland Blue Lions 22 EAFL Falcons 13 Oro y Azul 14 Team Mexico 6 Panteras 31 EAFL Falcons 13 Finland Blue Lions 14-13 Team Mexico Queretato 27 Oro y Azul 8 Junior Varsity Division results Oro y Azul 20 Team Mexico 7 Oro y Azul 14 Team Mexico 7 Click here for the 2017 Pop Warner Super Bowl International Bowl bracket: http://www.globalfootball.com/pop-warner/2017-pop-warner-super-bowl/ The youngsters also took part in a Tom Shaw Speed Clinic, attended an evening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for... read more

Unbeaten Teams Meet For Pop Warner International Super Bowl Championship

Round two of the international exhibition games at the 61st Pop Warner Super Bowl saw teams from Finland, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates in action on Thursday. Thursday’s action saw a matchup of two Mexican teams who recorded opening day victories and it was Queretaro who came out on top with a 12-6 win over Panteras to claim one of only two unbeaten records in the Varsity division at 2-0. Finland Blue Lions are the only other 2-0 team after a 22-13 win over the EAFL Falcons. The winner of the Varsity Division will be decided on Saturday when those two teams meet at 9am on Field 27 in a Finland vs. Mexico battle at the ESPN Wide World of Sports™ Complex in Orlando, Florida. Azul y Oro won for the first time, seeing off Team Mexico 14-6 and now take on the EAFL Falcons from the United Arab Emirates, who are looking for their first win, at 9am on Field 30 on Saturday. Team Mexico and Panteras complete the Varsity Division play on Saturday at 9am on Field 26. The Junior Varsity Division saw another win for Oro y Azul over Team Mexico, this time by the score of 20-7 to complete their tournament. Click here for the 2017 Pop Warner Super Bowl International Bowl bracket: http://www.globalfootball.com/pop-warner/2017-pop-warner-super-bowl/ The youngsters also enjoyed an evening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the annual International Party, where they were hosted by veteran coach Dwight Thomas, who is a member of the Florida High School Football Hall of Fame and coached legendary All-Pro NFL running back Emmitt Smith at Escambia High School... read more

2017 Team Stars & Stries Roster For Tazon De Estrellas

A squad of 40 standout student-athletes from NCAA Division III schools will represent Team Stars & Stripes and travel to Mexico next week for the 20th annual Tazón De Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars). The Americans, who were nominated by their respective football coaches, will face the CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico’s private universities on Saturday, December 16. Head Coach Don De Waard will lead the Global Football-organized squad of select NCAA Division III student-athletes in the annual Tazón De Estrellas for a sixth time at the Margarita Aztiazarán de Fimbres Stadium at CETYS University in Tijuana. De Waard, who holds a 3-2 record in the cross-border rivalry, and will face a Mexican team that will be coached by UDLAP head coach Eric Fisher for a third time. Players have been selected from Central College, Concordia University Chicago, Denison University, Franklin College, Grove City College, John Carroll University, Kalamazoo College, Kean University, Knox College, Lake Forest College, North Park University, Ripon College, Salve Regina University, Siena Heights University, Simpson College and Trinity College. Among the highlights on the roster are Franklin College QB Chase Burton, who won a third consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Offensive Player of the Year award. In 2017 he completed 242 of 351 pass attempts for 3,636 yards, 42 touchdowns and a 193.2 passer efficiency rating. Central College’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns Sam Markham will be one of Burton’s potential targets. Defensively, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Defensive Player of the Year Darin Hungerford from Kean University leads the linebackers along with Chaun Maiava of North Park Chicago,... read more

International Event Kicks Off At Pop Warner Super Bowl

The International exhibition matches have kicked off at the 61st Pop Warner Super Bowl for an eighth successive year, with teams from Finland, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates in action between December 2 and 9. The EAFL Falcons from the United Arab Emirates, Finland Blue Lions and Mexican teams Queretaro, Oro y Azul, Panteras and Team Mexico are all participating at the ESPN Wide World of Sports™ Complex in Orlando, Florida, with six teams playing at the Varsity level and two competing in the Junior Varsity category. In Monday’s opening games, Panteras recorded a 31-13 win over the EAFL Falcons, Finland’s Blue Lions edged Team Mexico 14-13 and Queretato beat fellow Mexicans Oro y Azul 27-8.  In the JV bracket, there was success for the younger Oro y Azul players with a 25-6 victory over Team Mexico. Thursday’s matches see two all-Mexican clashes at 11am.  Team Mexico faces Oro y Azul on Field 30 with both teams seeking their first win, while the two top-scoring teams, who both tasted victory in their openers, meet on Field 19 when Queretaro faces Panteras. The Finland Blues Lions and EAFL Falcons meet at 1pm on Field 30 and at the same time on Field 19, the JV competition features Oro y Azul facing Team Mexico.  Click here for the 2017 Pop Warner Super Bowl International Bowl bracket: http://www.globalfootball.com/pop-warner/2017-pop-warner-super-bowl/ Global Football founder Patrick Steenberge said: “After nearly a full year of work on a global basis it is rewarding to see these youngsters finally arrive at Disney and get to play friendly, competitive matches against one another on the pristine ESPN complex... read more

Happy Thanksgiving From Global Football

As our family prepares to welcome home for Thanksgiving our 3 children and their spouses, as each blessed us with very special weddings over the past 6 months, I am moved by all the things in my life to be Thankful for, and look ahead to what I believe will be a fabulous 2018. The very best part of my life is that I get to travel to unique parts of the world with curious student athletes, visionary coaches and administrators, along with supportive parents, providing them with the opportunity to become better Global Citizens through experience abroad, while competing in the very best team sport ever created. What a blessing! Over the past year it has been a true pleasure to work with the dedicated folks who comprise Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC), realizing the positive elements they bring to schools and athletes. Hopefully you have seen the CAC Top 25 Rankings we have proudly been producing and distributing this season, http://www.globalfootball.com/cac-top-25/ It is fun to feature and promote Catholic school programs, as I am always thankful for the education I received at Erie Cathedral Prep and the University of Notre Dame. I am excited to create a new event for June 2018 in partnership with the CAC, the Roma VII-on-VII Bowl Tour, featuring a 7-on-7 tournament with American and European teams, along with a Big Mens Competition and Combine. http://www.globalfootball.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Roma-Bowl-2018.pdf We know this experience will change the lives of those who join us, as we will visit sites in Rome and the Vatican only accessible due to the CAC partnership, and personally get to know youngsters from... read more

Team Stars & Stripes Coaches Named For Mexico Event

Head Coach Don De Waard will lead a Global Football-organized squad of select NCAA Division III student-athletes in the annual Tazón De Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars) for a sixth time on Saturday, December 16. The former Central College (Iowa) defensive coordinator holds a 3-2 record against the CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico’s private universities, who will be led by UDLAP head coach Eric Fisher for a third time. De Waard has named a five-man coaching staff, which includes three returning from previous years and two newcomers. Joe Austin (Southwestern University), Jim Lyall (former Siena Heights & Adrian College) and Rob Cushman (Occidental College) have coached the D-III select team before, while Jim Margraff (Johns Hopkins University) and Dave Murray (Hamilton College) make their debuts. The Tazón De Estrellas will be played at the Margarita Aztiazarán de Fimbres Stadium at CETYS University in Tijuana, marking the 20th time Global Football has organized the week-long event of team practices, community service and the game. Coach – School – Year Don De Waard, HC, Central College (retired), 6th as HC Joe Austin, OC, Southwestern University, 8th Rob Cushman, Occidental College, 3rd Jim Lyall, Siena Heights University (retired), 3rd Jim Margraff, John’s Hopkins University, 1st Dave Murray, Hamilton College, 1st John Roslien, Central College, 20th “As always, I am excited about the opportunity to participate in this year’s Tazón De Estrellas,” said De Waard. “Having been involved in the game for many years I am most excited about the opportunity that our players will have to participate in a truly great event. They will experience a different culture for a week and get... read more

Tazón De Estrellas Returns To CETYS University

The annual Tazón De Estrellas (Bowl of the Stars), featuring a Global Football-organized squad of select NCAA Division III student-athletes, will be played for the 20th time in Mexico on Saturday, December 16. The game between America’s Team Stars & Stripes and the CONADEIP All-Stars from Mexico’s private universities was announced today at CETYS University in Tijuana, which will again host the week-long event of team practices, community service and the game. Global Football President Patrick Steenberge joined Dr. Fernando León García (Rector del Sistema CETYS Universidad), Saúl Castro Verdugo (Director General del Instituto del Deporte y Cultura Física del Estado de Baja California), Jessica Ibarra Ramonet (Directora Zona Costa de CETYS Universidad) and Enrique Lechuga, Director Estatal de Deportes de CETYS Universidad to officially announce the 2017 Tazón De Estrellas. The success and popularity of the 2015 and 2016 events has led to the return to the pristine CETYS University Tijuana campus and the Margarita Aztiazarán de Fimbres Stadium which is sure to be sold out on December 16. Team Stars & Stripes produced a dramatic comeback victory there in 2015, when a bold two-point conversion call by coach Don De Waard earned the Americans a one-point win. Coaches wishing to nominate deserving D-III athletes for a place on the Team Stars & Stripes roster should contact Director of Player Personnel & Football Operations John Roslien: RoslienJ@central.edu. Global Football President and Founder Patrick Steenberge said: “It is amazing to think back 20 years to the start of this annual Division III showcase, the dream of Hall of Fame Coach Ron Schipper from Central College, and to understand that... read more

Teams Invited To Participate At Pop warner International Bowl

Global Football is inviting American football youth teams from around the world to sign up to compete at the eighth annual Pop Warner International Super Bowl. The ESPN Wide World of Sports™ Complex in Orlando, Florida, will again host the event as part of the 2017 Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer & Dance Championships from December 2-9, 2017. Teams from Canada, Finland, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates, who have competed in previous years, have committed to return to Florida to join more than 16,000 American football and dance and cheer enthusiasts who will converge on sunny Orlando. Global Football founder Patrick Steenberge said: “Each year I eagerly look forward to spending a week in Orlando with young athletes, their coaches and families from around the globe at the largest annual youth football event in the world. Our partnership with Pop Warner and Disney enables our guest teams to compete on top-quality natural grass fields complete with scoreboards, public address announcers, high school officials, and emergency medical care. They really are playing in a bigtime atmosphere, and then get to enjoy the Disney resorts nearby, and get to know many American kids with similar interests.” Coaches interested in learning more about travel packages for their team, families and friends should contact Patrick Steenberge of Global Football (817-219-7274 / Patrick@GlobalFootball.com and visit http://www.globalfootball.com/pop-warner/ for more information. In 2016, Finland’s Blue Lions made history as the first-ever European nation represented at the Pop Warner International Super Bowl, joining international teams that have made the visit to Orlando an annual highlight of their season. Pop Warner Executive Director Jon Butler... read more

Global Football Partners Again With Drake University For China Visit

Global Football and Drake University have again joined forces, this time to venture into China in 2018. The alliance between the Iowa-based university and the world’s most prolific producer of international gridiron events made history in 2011 when the first-ever game of college American football was played in Africa, featuring the Bulldogs. The visit to Tanzania included numerous service projects and ended with the group of travelers climbing the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro. Drake University today announced its 2018 visit to China, when Global Football will organize all football-related elements of the initiative during time spent in Beijing and Shanghai. The Bulldogs will travel to China on May 22, returning on June 4. Friends and families will also be able to enjoy many of the wonders of China as Global Football and Anthony Travel have created two distinct tour itineraries that are available at https://www.anthonytravel.com/drake-china-tour/. The visit will include coaching clinics and service projects in the local community and those elements will be supported by NFL China, the American Football League of China (AFLC) and the American Football Academy (AFA) as part of their ongoing development of the sport in China and working relationship with Global Football. “We are delighted to again work closely with Drake University and our broadening group of partners in China to enable us to attract players of all ages, as well as coaches, to become involved with this event and further develop their skills,” said Global Football Founder & President Patrick Steenberge. “Eager Chinese players and coaches will watch the Drake football practices on the Thursday and Friday of the visit and will take part... read more

Teams Ranked In CAC Top 25 Preseason Poll See First Action

Sixteen of the 25 high school teams ranked in the Catholic Athletes For Christ Top 25, presented by Siena Heights University and Global Football, were in action last weekend, with 11 recording victories. Two of those wins came against teams within the ranking as #1 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) saw off the challenge of #5 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 35-23, while #3 St Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) edged #4 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) 9-3 in overtime. One of the schools listed as being in contention for a #CACTop25 preseason place, Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.) clearly took exception to their omission as the Ramblers sent a message with a 40-7 destruction of #14 Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Here’s a look at how those teams who saw action fared this past week.  And don’t forget; the remaining teams in the preseason CAC Top 25 see action this coming weekend before the first 2017 ranking is released on Wednesday, September 6. Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, Nev. (15-0) Won 35-23 against No. 5 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.). https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/football/dorian-thompson-robinson-lifts-bishop-gorman-to-55th-straight-win/ Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (13-1) Won 31-7 against Bishop Amat (La Puente, Calif.). http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/26/mater-dei-uses-ground-and-pound-attack-to-beat-bishop-amat/ St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (13-2) Won 9-3 in overtime against No. 4 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.). http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/high-school/article169500662.html St. John Bosco, Bellflower, Calif. (14-1) Suffered a 9-3 overtime loss at No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) on ESPN. http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/high-school/article169500662.html DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Md. (12-0) Lost 35-23 at No. 1-ranked Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.). https://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/football/dorian-thompson-robinson-lifts-bishop-gorman-to-55th-straight-win/ St. Joseph Regional, Montvale, N.J. (9-2) Opens: Sept. 2 vs. Deerfield Beach (Fla.). Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J. (7-4) Opens: Sept.... read more

Ritsumeikan Uji High School Wins Scrimmage To End U.S. Visit

A group of Japanese student-athletes from Ritsumeikan Uji High School in Kyoto, spent two weeks at Torrey Pines High School in San Diego in August, as part of a unique exchange visit. The youngsters attended classes at Torrey Pines, which played host to a visiting Japanese group for an eighth year, to help improve their English language skills and spent time on the practice field to increase their knowledge of the sport they call American football. The Panthers played a scrimmage against CETYS Universidad, who traveled across the border from Mexico for the international match up. The Japanese youngsters won by five touchdowns to one, which included four offensive scores and a pick-six.  They remain undefeated in America with an impressive 8-0 record. “It is always amazing how they pick up the Wing-T in such a short period of time, and do so well running it,” said legendary former Torrey Pines head coach Ed Burke, who helped coach the Ritsumeikan Uji team.  “They actually fumbled on the six-inch line on the last play, so there would have been another score. “As goofy as they were at times in class and on the practice field, when it came to game time they were ready, and played with energy and passion.  I think they were pretty proud of themselves, and as a result, probably really enjoyed their visit to Disneyland afterwards.” While in Southern California, the group attended a Los Angeles Rams preseason game, watched San Diego State University and UCLA football practices, toured Hollywood and visited Disneyland. The initiative also provides an exciting experience for local families, who served as... read more

Notre Dame Alumni Celebrate The Life of Ara Parseghian

Global Football Founder & President Patrick Steenberge played football at the University of Notre Dame under head coach Ara Parseghian, who coached Notre Dame for 11 seasons and won two national championships.  Ara passed away on Wednesday at his home in Granger after an illness. Patrick was among many former and current Irish players and coaches, who attended a memorial Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart before a celebration of his life at Purcell Pavilion. More than 100 former players gathered to tell Ara stories and recall moments as teammates, including Mike McCoy, Walt Patulski and Clarence Ellis, who are pictured with Patrick here in Notre Dame Stadium “Ara gave me the chance to live my boyhood dream of attending and playing for the Fighting Irish,” said Patrick.  “He created a culture of Champions, of Team, Excellence; no excuses, doing it the right way was expected.  At various times over the four years I played for him I respected him, feared him, tried to impress him, learned from him, hated him, appreciated him.  Now I applaud him and his life, and thank him for making me a better man.” Patrick also reunited with some of his Class of 1973 teammates: Mike Creaney, Ken Schlezes, Jim O’Malley, Denny Gotowski, Herb Brick and Darryl Dewan outside the Sacred Heart Basilica. Ara Parseghian last coached the Irish in 1974 but remained a fixture around the program and in the... read more

Ritsumeikan Uji Student-Athletes Return To San Diego

Torrey Pines High School in San Diego will play host for an eighth time to a group of Japanese student-athletes from Ritsumeikan Uji High School in Kyoto, as part of a unique exchange visit. From August 8-20, the Japanese youngsters will attend classes at Torrey Pines to help improve their English language skills and will spend time on the practice field to increase their knowledge of the sport they call American football. While in Southern California, the group will attend a Los Angeles Rams preseason game, watch San Diego State University and UCLA football practices, tour Hollywood and visit Disneyland. The initiative provides an exciting experience for local families, who will serve as hosts for the Japanese visitors, welcoming them into their homes and helping them explore the area during their stay. Ritsumeikan Uji will play a scrimmage against CETYS Universidad from Mexico at 5pm at Torrey Pines High School on Friday, August 18. The visit marks the ninth time the progressive Japanese high school has partnered with Texas-based organizer Global Football to bring its students to the United States, and returns to San Diego for the first time since 2014. Former Falcons head coach Ed Burke has played a leading role in the initiative since its inception, and his relationship with Global Football dates back to 1998 when Torrey Pines hosted Mexican players taking part in the NFL Global Junior Championship Super Bowl event. “Ritsumeikan Uji High School provides an environment where students can develop through experiences inside Japan and around the world and we are delighted to play our part in that development,” said Global Football President... read more

Games in Germany And Japan Conclude Successful Spring Season

The final two games of this year’s annual Global Football spring tours were played in Germany in Japan at the weekend, closing out a 22nd year of successful overseas American football visits organized by Global Football. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Fightin’ Engineers beat the Landsberg X-Press 82-0 in Germany, while Illinois Wesleyan University took on Tokyo’s Waseda Big Bears in Japan, with the Titans emerging as 33-6 winners. Rose-Hulman faced the X-Press on a perfect hot summer’s day and led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. Tyler Brutofsky returned a punt return 51 yards to open a seven-point lead, which was added to by Garrett Wright rushing touchdowns of 11 and 4 yards, with, Jae Murray adding all three extra points. Luke Kopecky reeled in a 1-yard receiving touchdown, Eric Morris scored on 24-yard run after a John Kirby interception, then to seal a 40-0 halftime lead, Austin Swenson went in from 16 yards out and threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Zach Murphy, with Andrew Peck splitting the uprights three times from four attempts. The Fightin’ Engineers scored once in the third quarter on an 18-yard pass from Chris Johannigman to Garrett Wight that was converted by Murray’s PAT. Four fourth quarter touchdowns and another Kirby interception completed the win. Eric Morris threw an 18-yard scoring pass to Michael Balistreri and hit Nathaniel Stewart for a 48-yard touchdown connection. Nigel Hensley raced back an interception return 28 yards and Nathan Cantwell recovered a fumble to score, with Peck tagging on three extra points. Rose-Hulman has traveled with Global Football on three occasions to England & France... read more