The third annual International Flag Tournament, SuperFlag Bowl III kicks off on Sunday, February 1 in Leiden, Netherlands.

The tournament will be held on the same day as the NFL Super Bowl XLIII and will feature two categories of play – youth flag (under 15) and men/women flag (18 +). Last year about 20 teams took part in the competition.

The official rules of the tournament will be based on EFAF rules and playing time will be 20 minutes running time on 80-30-yard fields.

The following teams have already signed up:

Senior Flag:
Bucharest Warriors (Romania)
Kishinev Barbarians (Moldavia)
Raiders (Netherlands)
Walldorf Wanderers (Germany)
International school (Netherlands)
Eperviers Longjumeau (France)
Lightning Leiden (Netherlands)
Lelystad Commanders (Netherlands)

Youth Flag:
Den Haag Raiders (Netherlands)
Skydivers (Netherlands)
International school (Netherlands)
International school 2 (Netherlands)
Mishaan Israel Plumbers (Israel)
Arnhem Falcons (Netherlands)

The Austrian American Football Association and the Swarco Raiders held a coaches clinic, which was open to all teams.

Schedule of the clinic:
10:00am Developing a great quarterback
1:00pm Defense
3:00pm Strong-side Power & offense line run technique

There was a different speaker for each topic. Swarco Raiders assistant offensive coach Rush Bowers discussed the first topic on developing a quarterback. Santos Carrillo is the head coach of the Swarco Raiders and talked about building a defense. The discussion on strong-side power and offense line run technique was led by Nicholas Johansen, who has been the Raiders offensive line coach since 2007.

The Danish American Football Federation (DAFF) is hosting an under-16 and under-19 tournament at Holstebro Stadium in Holstebro, Denmark on February 14-15, 2009.

The tournament will feature eight teams in each category with 15 players on each team. It is a 7’s tournament with games being 20 minutes running time. The winning teams will receive trophies.

The Irish American Football League (IAFL) held their 2009 AGM at the Temple Bar Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.

The league admitted four new memberships. UCD Sentinels and the IT Carlow Chargers were granted associate membership and will play in the DV8s league. Erris Rams were granted formative team membership hoping to play DV8s in 2009. The Tralee Titans indicated that they will play in 2010.

Four of the five IAFL board members were re-elected to their positions; Chair Chair: Terry Lynch, Secretary: Cillian Smith, Treasurer: John Durrand, and Development Officer: Ciaran O’Sullivan. Maurice Cosgrave was elected as the new Commissioner replacing Darrin O’Toole who has recently taken a prominent position with the coaches association.

The 2009 season kicks off on March 22, 2009 and will conclude on July 5, 2009. The semi-finals will be played on July 28 and the Shamrock Bowl will be on Sunday, August 9.

The Sevastopol’skie Titans became the Russian 2008-2009 American Football champions defeating the Moskovkih Mustangs 19-16.

The Mustangs were first to score on a touchdown from Leonid Matashkov, but the team failed to complete the extra point. The Titans tied the game up before the end of the quarter and they also failed to score on the extra point.

In the second quarter both teams exchanged touchdowns again but the Titans pulled ahead with the extra point and the score at the end of the half remained 12-13.

After a scoreless third quarter the Titans clinched the championship with a touchdown for a final score of 19-12.

Sevastopol’skie Titans‘ Zaichenko Gleb was named tournament MVP. Offensive MVP was Alexander Grishin of the Titans and the defensive MVP was Moskovskie Mustangs‘ Shlyahovory Nicholas.

After the game, Titans head coach George V. Lobanov announced the team dedicated the victory to Ivan Lapikovu who recently died tragically.

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