The ninth-annual International Bowl Series featuring 24 high school- and middle school-aged teams across eight nations on three continents will return to Arlington, Texas, for the fourth consecutive year in January, USA Football announced today.
U.S. National Teams will compete against teams representing Canada, Japan, Mexico and the Nordic region, comprised of players and coaches from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. USA Football, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, manages U.S. National Teams for international competition.
All International Bowl games will be played at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and college football’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl. Game days are Friday, Jan. 12; Wednesday, Jan. 17; and Friday, Jan. 19, each consisting of four games.
“The City of Arlington is excited to have USA Football and the International Bowl Series return in January,” Arlington Mayor JEFF WILLIAMS said. “Football holds a special place within the fabric of our city as well as dozens of nations spanning nearly every continent. The International Bowl underscores Arlington’s standing as a global football destination and we’re honored to host its players, coaches and fans at our world-class AT&T Stadium.”
Full rosters, coaching staffs, schedules and ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks. International Bowl game tickets and details are available at internationalbowlix.org.
According to the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, this past January’s 2017 International Bowl generated an economic impact of $3.1 million for the city, encompassing more than 7,000 hotel room nights for the event’s athletes., coaches and administrators. More than 275,000 fans across the world watched 2017 International Bowl games from AT&T Stadium in person, on television and through webcasts.
U.S. National Team alumni include WR COREY COLEMAN (Cleveland Browns), WR DEVIN FUNCHESS (Carolina Panthers), RB TODD GURLEY (Los Angeles Rams), DB TYRANN MATHIEU (Arizona Cardinals), OL JACK MEWHORT (Indianapolis Colts), RB SAMAJE PERINE (Washington Redskins), DE STEPHON TUITT (Pittsburgh Steelers) and QB JAMEIS WINSTON (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
Approximately 70 countries across five continental federations possess a national federation dedicated solely to American football.
About USA Football: USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance and grow the sport. As the sport’s national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.