Jordan A. Gallegos of Henderson, NV and Basic High School has been selected to play on the 2015 U.S. Under-16 National Team, assembled by USA Football. The team will compete in January in the sixth annual International Bowl against Canadian national teams at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas.
The 2015 International Bowl is a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes in football’s greatest annual international competition. U.S. National Team alumni include RB TODD GURLEY (Georgia), QB KEVIN HOGAN (Stanford), RB SAMAJE PERINE (Oklahoma), QB BRYCE PETTY (Baylor), DE STEPHON TUITT (Notre Dame/Pittsburgh Steelers), QB JAMEIS WINSTON (Florida State) and OL BRIAN WINTERS (Kent State/New York Jets).
The United States will field teams at the Under-15, Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 levels during the event. Players will practice for a week before competing in a series of jamborees and official international games. The Under-18 team will play Friday, Jan. 30 with the three youngest squads taking the field Saturday, Jan. 31 – all at AT&T Stadium. The Under-19 team plays Saturday, Feb. 7 at the University of Texas-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium.
A national team exemption granted by the National Federation of State High School Associations and NCAA allows high school players to compete for USA Football and not have their participation count as an all-star game appearance. Because the International Bowl is recognized as a national team competition, the NCAA also allows current college coaches to serve on national team staffs.
USA Football is the sport’s national governing body in the United States. USA Football and Football Canada are among the 64 national federations who are members of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). IFAF’s member nations span six continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America.
About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football (www.usafootball.com) is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. USA Football advances coaching education and player skill development for safer play and positive experiences through athletics.