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Edmonton Hosts Worlds

12/06/2019, 3:30pm PST
By Football Canada

The 2024 IFAF World Junior Football Championship

Football Canada is proud to announce in conjunction with Football Alberta that Edmonton will host the World Junior U20 World Championships in July 2024. After winning the right to host the 2024 World U20 Championships from the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) in 2018, Football Canada opened up the bid process with inquiries from five provincial organizations.

"With Edmonton's tradition of embracing global competitions, we anticipate that this tournament will elevate the profile of international football," Football Canada president Jim Mullin said.

"We have conducted the most thorough bid process in the history of this event, Football Alberta has paid attention to all of the details and will be a fantastic host," Mullin said.

IFAF president Richard McLean expressed the organization's optimism surrounding the host city and country.

"Edmonton is a great football city and IFAF recognizes that Football Canada is a reliable and quality global host. They will do an amazing job hosting the event," McLean said.

The #WJFC2024 will incorporate teams from the Asian, Oceania, European and Americas regions. It has yet to be determined if the tournament will be a six-nation or eight-nation event.

For their part, Football Alberta's Executive Director says that Alberta is ready to step up on the world stage.

"We're proud of all of our communities in the province but know that there is something special about the Metro Edmonton region when it comes to hosting international events. We know it will be a winner when the world comes to the heartland of football in Canada," Enger said.

Canada is the international leader at the World Juniors. Team Canada won the last two championships becoming the only back-to-back champion in the history of the event. In 2016 in China, Canada scored an upset over the United States. In 2018 in front of 32,515 at Mexico City's Estadio Olympico Team Canada score a 13-7 victory against host Mexico. Canada is the only team to play in the gold medal final in all five championships and have won the most gold medals with three. Canada's first win was in 2012 with a 23-17 win over the United States in Canton, Ohio.

The 2020 Championship will be hosted by USA Football in the Pro Football Hall of Fame city of Canton, Ohio in July. It will be the last of World Juniors played under the Under-19 age grouping.

With the WJFC moving to a quadrennial tournament, Football Canada is in the process of exploring options for hosting a 2022 tournament.

"We would like for our athletes at our high-performance level to experience global competition.  Football Canada is looking at different models which would give our players and supporters an opportunity to see global football on a Canadian field," Mullin said.

CJFL Major Award Winners

11/15/2019, 10:30pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

Friday night the CJFL Major Award winners were announced

The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is proud to announce their Outstanding Player Award winners for the 2019 season.  The awards were handed out Friday night at the Banquet of Champions in Langley, BC.

The award winners are:

Gordon Currie CJFL Coach of the Year
Howie Zaron - Langley Rams – led the Rams to a perfect 10-0 record and their second straight berth in the Canadian Bowl.  Three of his players were named CJFL All-Canadians

CJFL Rookie of the Year
Receiver/Returner – Harvey Mafuta – GTA Grizzlies – 18 receptions, 352 yards, 2 touchdowns, 14 kick-off returns, 394 yards, 1-109 yard touchdown, 11 punt returns, 199 yards, 1-65 yard touchdown, 29 tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 5 special teams tackles, 1 knockdown, 3 interceptions

Larry Wruck Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year
Linebacker Jadyn Pingue – Saskatoon Hilltops – 29 tackles, 7 assisted tackles, 1 knockdown, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception

Peter Dalla Riva Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year
Running Back Andrew Pocrnic – Langley Rams – 163 carries, 1199 yards, 26 touchdowns, 18 receptions, 279 yards, 1 touchdown.  He set a new CJFL single season record with 27 touchdowns scored

CJFL Past Commissioners Award
DL Caleb Haight – Saskatoon Hilltops

CJFL Stewart MacDonald Executive of the Year
Murad Al-Katib – Regina Thunder

CJFL Life Member
Chris Swartz – Langley Rams

The 112th Canadian Bowl will kick-off Saturday November 16, at 1:00pm at McLeod Stadium in Langley BC.

BROADCAST INFO

Watch the pay per view Canadian Bowl broadcast HERE

Listen to the Saskatoon radio broadcast HERE

 

CJFL Offensive All-Canadians

11/14/2019, 1:15pm PST
By Ryan Watters (@ryan2tswatters)

The very best from the offensive side of the ball

The Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) is proud to announce the Offensive All-Canadians for the 2019 season.

The Prairie Conference lead the way with six All-Canadians.  In all there are 13 Offensive All-Canadians.

Offensive Line
Logan Ferland – Regina Thunder (third season)
Mason Ochs – Saskatoon Hilltops (third consecutive season)
Nikos Lazarakis – Langley Rams
Matt Bettencourt – London Beefeaters
Daniel Townsend – Okanagan Sun

Receivers
North Rainey – VI Raiders
– 36 receptions for 729 yards and 5 touchdowns

Cody Holmes – Windsor AKO Fratmen – 45 receptions for 683 yards and 12 touchdowns

Isaac Foord – Regina Thunder – 31 receptions for 605 yards and 2 touchdowns

Jared Hayes-Williams – Windsor AKO Fratmen – 50 receptions for 781 yards and 9 touchdowns

Running Backs
Andrew Pocrnic – Langley Rams
– 163 carries for 1199 yards and 26 touchdowns

Brandt Burzuk – Edmonton Huskies – 129 carries for 824 yards and 6 touchdowns

Quarterback
Blake Scherle – Regina Thunder
– 144 completions, 58.3% completion percentage, 2196 yards, 17 touchdowns, 93.8% passer efficiency rating

Place Kicker
Rylan Kleiter – Saskatoon Hilltops
– 18 of 22 field goals, 81.8% his longest of 42 yards, plus 33 converts

The CJFL Major Award winners will be announced on Friday November 15, 2019 during the Canadian Bowl Banquet of Champions.

The 112th Canadian Bowl will kick-off Saturday November 16, 2019 at 1:00pm at McLeod Stadium in Langley