High school-aged U.S. National Teams will compete against teams representing Canada and Japan when the International Bowl Series returns to Arlington next month. The games are a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football, Football Canada and the Japan American Football Association – and they will feature top student-athletes in football’s greatest annual international competition.
The eighth-annual event will feature a week of practices and activities for teams on each age level culminating in games played Jan. 16-17 at AT&T Stadium. Here are four reasons why you won’t want to miss the series of high school football competitions:
1. U-S- A! U-S- A! U-S- A!
As the national governing body of football, USA Football builds the U.S. National Team with some of the better talent in the country, players who represent the United States in international play across the world. The International Bowl is the pinnacle and final step for the National Teams program.
2. The chance to see future professional stars
A number of players who competed for the National Team in past International Bowls went on to play in the National Football League. The list includes Josh Huff (2010 National Team) – Eagles; Tyrann Matheiu (2010 National Team) – Cardinals; Todd Gurley (2012 National Team) – Rams; Devin Funchess (2012 National Team) – Panthers; and Jameis Winston (2012 National Team) – Buccaneers.
3.Our stadium is better than their stadium (whatever their stadium is)
AT&T Stadium has been the site of a Super Bowl and a national collegiate championship game. Now, it’s an international football mecca, as well. In addition to enjoying the game, fans can take in the spectacle of the gold standard of venues.
4. An international experience
The country’s favorite game doesn’t take the international stage very often. This is one of those times. Better yet, attending the International Bowl Series will give fans an opportunity to see the action up close and personal on the sideline, as they can purchase a field pass and experience football like never before.
For information about the game, the rosters, the schedules and tickets, visit internationalbowl.com.