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The International Federation of American Football Under-19 World Championship hosted by USA Football brings together eight teams of high school-age players representing four continents in a celebration of the sport through competition and cultural exchange. The eight-day tournament culminates in a gold-medal championship game. Scheduled for June 30 to July 7 at Burger Stadium in Austin, Texas, the IFAF Under-19 World Championship features national teams from the American Samoa, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Panama, Sweden and the United States in the only American football tournament of its kind. The United States is the defending Under-19 champion after winning the inaugural IFAF Under-19 World Championship, held in 2009 in Canton, Ohio. The United States, coached by Chuck Kyle of Cleveland St. Ignatius, outscored three opponents 174-3 en route to the gold medal.Specht, 43, is 74-19 (.796) since becoming the head coach at his high school alma mater following the 2003 season. His Bombers have won two Ohio big school championships (2005, 2007), with Specht earning Ohio Division I Coach of the Year honors both times.Specht was the defensive coordinator of the 2009 U.S. Under-19. He also served as U.S. Under-19 head coach on Feb. 1 in Austin, where Team USA lost to the IFAF World Team, 35-29, in the third annual International Bowl.A national team exemption granted by the NCAA allows high school seniors to play for USA Football and not have their participation count as one of two permitted all-star game appearances. Visit for more information. About USA Football: USA Football, the sport's national governing body in the United States, hosts more than 100 football training events annually offering education for coaches, skill development for players and resources for youth football league commissioners. The independent nonprofit is the official youth football development partner of the NFL, its 32 teams and the NFL Players Association. USA Football manages U.S. national teams within the sport for international competitions and provides more than $1 million annually in equipment grants and youth league volunteer background check subsidies. Endowed by the NFL and NFLPA in 2002 through the NFL Youth Football Fund, USA Football ( is chaired by former NFL team executive Carl Peterson. Like us on Facebook Page - Follow us on Twitter - Coach or Player? Get Better at USA Football. Learn more at -