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Pan-American Federation of American Football

Growing the game of American Football in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean is the stated mission of the new Pan-American Federation of American Football (PAFAF).

The Federation was founded at a meeting between representatives of football organizations from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Argentina, and Uruguay in Miami on January 30, 2007.

“We made history in January by creating PAFAF as we support, and in times lead, the development of American Football internationally,” Scott Hallenbeck said. “It’s an honor to serve as the first president of PAFAF and lead such a passionate and committed group of national federation representatives, who enthusiastically pursue growing American Football in their countries.”

Four of the seven charter members of PAFAF (United States, Canada, Mexico and Guatemala) are already members of the nine year-old International Federation of American Football (IFAF), which was formed in 1998 with the expressed purpose of promoting the development of American Football worldwide. PAFAF will be the Pan-America Continental representative to IFAF.

The creation of the Pan-American Federation of American Football is further proof of the fast global growth of American Football,” said Tommy Wiking of Sweden, President of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF). “IFAF will continue its work to spread football.”

Among the issues PAFAF’s charter members discussed in the formation meeting were the organization’s statutes, election of officers and plans for growing the sport in the Western hemisphere.

Delegates from the seven countries elected Scott Hallenbeck of USA Football the first president of PAFAF. Jorge Orobio Rojas of Mexico, Marco Cobar of Guatemala, Guillermo Suarez of Panama and Fernando Rodriguez of Uruguay were also elected to the Board of Directors. PAFAF operations will be run out of the USA Football office in Vienna, Va.

PAFAF representatives will participate in the 2007 IFAF Congress in Kawasaki, Japan.

Pan-American Federation of American Football