The IFAF Technical Committee members meeting in Nashville are: Aitor Trabado (Spain), Mac Kaneuji (Japan), Jim Messenger (UK), Thomas Ahlberg (Sweden), Reneldo Russell (Bahamas), Rick Sowieta (Canada), Scott Hallenbeck (USA) and Paul Manera (Australia).

The Technical Committee will discuss several matters relating to the ongoing international development of the sport:

  • The group will review the IFAF Benchmarking Study, a new initiative that has surveyed national federations around the world and asks a comprehensive number of key questions about football and its global development.
  • They will also create flag football resources for youth players, coaches and officials in countries where the game is in its infancy and can be taught to newcomers in its simplest form.
  • They will discuss creating an international coaching certification so that every IFAF member country is able to offer a standardized qualification and ensure that coaches meet a specific standard from country to country.
  • A task force of Paul Manera (Australia), Bob Swan (Canada) and Jim Messenger (UK) will present to the committee on the ongoing process of dividing the 52-nation IFAF membership into tiers, based on their rate and level of each country’s football development. These tiers are due to be announced later in 2009.
  • Having reviewed the goals and achievements of 2008, the group will set further goals for 2009 and plan the 2010 IFAF Technical Conference in Orlando.
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