Former West Virginia University and Miami Booker T. Washington defensive lineman Johnny Dingle, has been selected to play for the 2011 U.S. Men’s National Team in football in the fourth International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Senior World Championship July 8-16 in Austria. USA Football assembles America’s national teams in the sport for international competition.
Dingle 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.
Dingle started all 13 games at defensive end his junior season, earning second-team All-Big East honors after tying a school record with 19 tackles for loss among his 48 total stops. He also had three pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. The Mountaineers reached bowls all three of his seasons there, including the Sugar (2006), Gator (2007) and Fiesta (2008). He was also a practice squad member of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008.
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.
U.S. Men’s National Team Schedule:
• July 8 – United States vs. Australia
• July 10 – Germany vs. United States
• July 12 – United States vs. Mexico
Games above will be played in Innsbruck, Austria
2011 IFAF Senior World Championship Medal Round Schedule:
• July 15 – Bronze Medal Game
• July 16 – Gold Medal Game
Games above will be played in Vienna, Austria
About USA Football
USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, inspires participation, and ensures a positive experience for all youth, high school, and other amateur players. The independent non-profit hosts more than 80 football training events annually for coaches, players and youth football league commissioners. USA Football is the official football development partner of the NFL and its 32 teams and manages U.S. national teams for international competition. Endowed by the NFL and NFL Players Association in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football distributes $1 million annually in equipment grants and offers youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Former NFL team executive Carl Peterson is USA Football’s chairman.
For complete rosters, check out usafootball.com.