From USA Football:
Former University of Iowa offensive lineman Josh Koeppel of Iowa City has been selected to play for the 2011 U.S. Men’s National Team in football in the fourth International Federation of American Football Senior World Championship July 8-16 in Austria. USA Football assembles America’s national teams in the sport for international competition.
Koeppel is one of 39 players named to Team USA, led by former Northwest Missouri State University head coach and three-time NCAA Division II national champion Mel Tjeerdsma. Six players will be added to the roster in the coming weeks. U.S. Men’s National Team players must be at least 20 years old.
Koeppel started his final five games at Iowa, including a 27-24 Insight Bowl win over No. 12 Missouri. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, he was a versatile offensive lineman with time at guard, center, long-snapper and as an extra outside blocker on short-yardage plays throughout his four-year career with the Hawkeyes.
The IFAF Senior World Championship is an eight-nation football tournament held every four years since 1999. Games will be played in Graz, Innsbruck and Vienna. The U.S. defeated Japan, 23-20, in double overtime in Tokyo, Japan, to win the 2007 tournament, the first that included Team USA. Prior to the United States’ participation, Japan earned gold medals at the first two IFAF Senior World Championships played in Palermo, Italy (1999), and Frankfurt, Germany (2003).
Fifty-nine (59) countries across five continents possess national football federations dedicated solely to football.
The United States is part of Group A along with Australia, Germany and Mexico. Group B includes Austria, Canada, France and Japan. A round robin schedule in group play determines who will compete for gold and bronze medals.
Team USA will conduct a training camp from June 28 to July 4 before departing for Austria. USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States. National team participation does not affect NCAA eligibility.
Tjeerdsma led Northwest Missouri State to a 183-43 (.810) record in 17 seasons there. He was among the first three coaches inducted into the NCAA Division II College Football Hall of Fame before retiring in 2010.
“Our roster holds tremendously skilled players who recognize that success in football is rooted in playing as a team – and playing for America galvanizes us even more,” Tjeerdsma said. “We’ll be ready to face excellent competition in Austria and celebrate the world’s greatest game on an international stage.”
USA Football’s national team program is supported by the following corporate partners: Riddell, Marriott, Sports Authority, Gatorade, Shock Doctor and Rawlings.
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