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

Spring Tours Conclude In Europe and Japan

The final leg of annual Global Football spring tours is underway with two NCAA D-III college football programs currently visiting Europe and Asia. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Fightin’ Engineers are in Switzerland, with Austria also on their list of destinations, before head coach Jeff Sokol leads his team on the gridiron against the Landsberg X-Press in Germany on Saturday, June 3 at 5pm local time / 11am US ET. Illinois Wesleyan University will take on Tokyo’s Waseda Big Bears in Japan on Sunday, June 4, at 2pm local time / 1am US ET. Formed in 1934 Waseda was one of the first Universities to play American Football and is one of the most respected football programs in Japan. The game will be broadcast via a live webcast: http://www.football-tv.jp Rose-Hulman to Austria & Germany from May 29-June 6. Opponent: Landsberg X-Press Rose-Hulman has traveled with Global Football on three occasions to England & France 2002, Italy 2008, and the Czech Republic & Austria 2011. Between May 29 and June 6, their visit to Europe will take in a Jungfrau Valley hike and Lutschine River activity, Neuschwanstein Castle, and Munich and Vienna sightseeing. Rose-Hulman will take the field for the first time since making its first NCAA Division III playoff appearance last November in a loss at North Central, against Germany’s Landsberg X-Press, who are currently 4-0 in the German regional division south.  The Fightin’ Engineers won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and finished 8-3 in 2016, highlighted by a win at No. 14 ranked Franklin to secure its NCAA bid. Illinois Wesleyan to Japan from May 31-June 8. Opponent:... read more

Ravens and Blue Streaks Win in Austria and Barcelona

Five of the seven NCAA and NAIA college football teams traveling overseas with Global Football this spring have now seen action with Benedictine College (Kansas) and John Carroll University (Ohio) both earning victories in Europe this weekend. The games were part of a series of showcases that highlight week to 10-day overseas visits that include cultural and historical sightseeing, spring practices and clinics to help further develop the game in Europe and Asia. Benedictine College to Austria from May 22-30. Opponent: Swarco Raiders Benedictine College produced an impressive second half comeback to rally from a 13-point third quarter deficit to beat European powerhouse the SWARCO Innsbruck Raiders 31-27 in Austria. After a scoreless first quarter, the Ravens trailed 7-0 after Raiders quarterback Sean Shelton ran 4 yards for a touchdown and Thomas Pichlmann tagged on the extra point before increasing the hosts’ lead to 10-0 with a 28-yard field goal. Benedictine College replied as Charles Nihart found the end zone from a yard out and a Sam Vitulli PAT reduced the deficit to three points. Pichlmann split the uprights again, this time from 27 yards out, to put the Raiders 13-7 ahead at halftime. SWARCO looked to be heading towards victory when Shelton hit Platzgummer for a 15-yard touchdown and the reliable Pichlmann tagged on the extra point and the Austrians led 20-7 in the third quarter. Another Nihart rush, this time from 15 yards out and a Vitulli conversion pulled the Ravens back into contention then Nihart’s third rushing score of the day tied the game at 20-20. Logan Harris put the visitors ahead for the first time... read more

Pirates, Loggers and Stags Win In Italy, China and Scotland

A busy weekend of Global Football-organized spring American football tours action saw NCAA Division III teams from the United States take on teams from China, Italy and Scotland. The games highlighted week to 10-day overseas visits that include cultural and historical sightseeing, spring practices and clinics to help further develop the game in Europe and Asia. Each of the American teams went into the exhibition games expecting to win against opponents eager to test themselves against high-quality visiting opposition, with the score being less important than the teaching and learning aspect of the scrimmages. Southwestern University (TX) played Aquile Ferrara of the Italian Football League in Italy, the University of Puget Sound (WA) faced the Shanghai Titans in China, and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps took on the East Kilbride Pirates in Scotland. Southwestern University at Aquile Ferrara, Italy A Chris Demny pass to Nik Kelly for a 60-yard strike was a spectacular way to open Southwestern University’s 94-point win over Aquile Ferrara of the Italian Football League and was quickly followed by two more touchdowns in as many plays. Craig Heiser to Tate Schorr for 40 yards made the score 14-0 then Kelly produced a pick-six for a 21-point advantage. Dylan Wilburn runs from 18 and 8-yards out completed the first quarter scoring. Tate Schorr returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown, Demny reeled off a 43-yard scoring run, and a 19-yard fumble return for a touchdown for Tanner Rogers made it 56-0 at halftime. A 35-yard pick six for Keyshaan Castle less than a minute into the third quarter was followed by a 28-yard TD pass from AJ Daniels to... read more

NCAA D-III and NAIA Teams Head To Europe With Global Football

Two more college football programs will travel to Europe with Global Football as D-III John Carroll University and NAIA Benedictine College head across the Atlantic on Monday. Global Football kicked off a 22nd year of taking American football teams overseas on the sporting and cultural adventures of a lifetime when the first of seven traveling colleges set sail for Europe and Asia last week. John Carroll University (Ohio) is returning to for Spain for the first time since their debut visit there 20 years ago, on the school’s eighth overseas venture with Global Football. The have traveled previously to Spain (1997), Italy (2001), Ireland (2004), Switzerland (2007), France (2010), Ireland (2012) and Greece & Italy (2014). Benedictine College (Kansas) will explore Germany and Austria, having visited France in 2009. John Carroll University to Spain from May 22-30. Opponent: Catalan All-Stars The Blue Streaks have traveled more than any other college with Global Football, dating back to the second year of such overseas visits. John Carroll went 12-2 in 2016, making a run to the national semifinals. It was only the second time in school history that the team reached that point in the postseason. Rick Finotti, an accomplished former high school head coach at Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, who has spent the last two seasons on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at the University of Michigan, is the new and 18th head coach in the 96-year history of the John Carroll University program. “It is an honor and a privilege to represent John Carroll University in our trip to Spain,” said coach Finotti.  “The John Carroll football program has a long... read more