2019 Down Under Bowl

Posted: December 18, 2018 in American Football DownUnder Bowl
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Are you interested in attending the 2019 Down Under Bowl?

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Australia to host 2019 IFAF Men’s World Championship

Posted: July 13, 2018 in American Football World Championship
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We are very excited to announce that the bid we prepared for Gridiron Australia to host the 2019 IFAF Men’s World Championship was successful! Congratulations to the bid team and to GA!  Please read the official press release below:


Gridiron Australia is elated to announce that it has won the bid to host the 2019 IFAF Men’s World Championship of American Football.

The IFAF Men’s World Championship of American Football is an international American football competition held every four years. The championship is run by the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) and contested by teams representing member nations from around the globe.

The 2019 event marks the 20th anniversary of IFAF international competition with the first tournament held in 1999 in Palermo, Italy. Australia has participated in a number of the tournaments and look forward to hosting the international American Football family on home soil.

“This is a tremendous win for our sport,” said Darrin Mitchell, Chairman of Gridiron Australia. “Gridiron has had a presence in Australia since 1979, so we couldn’t dream of a better way to celebrate our 40 year anniversary of the sport here in Australia than to host an IFAF Championship. We’re excited at the opportunity that this brings, not only for gridiron in Australia but for us to show off our wonderful country to our international friends.”

Richard Maclean, the President of IFAF said, “IFAF looks forward to Australia hosting the Senior Men’s event and I know that with the support of the Australian community this will be a huge success for IFAF and Gridiron Australia. This event will become a key indicator for IFAF, the International Olympic Committee and the Global Association of International Sports Federations that American Football is growing worldwide.”

Kate Palmer, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Commission comments, “A great feature of Australian sport is the diversity of options available for everyone, so it’s wonderful to see Gridiron Australia have an opportunity to promote their football code on home soil through this historic international event.”
This event draws together the best amateur American Football players from around the world and is the first IFAF event of its kind to be held in the southern hemisphere.

Gridiron Australia will announce the host city and dates once all contractual arrangements have been finalised and confirmed.

Down Under Bowl and Down Under Hoops

Posted: February 19, 2018 in American Football Basketball Down Under Hoops DownUnder Bowl
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Registration for the 2018 Down Under Bowl Football Tournament and Down Under Hoops Basketball Tournament are now open!

For further information go to:

Super Bowl Champ to attend GA Coaching Conference

Posted: May 17, 2017 in American Football
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Former NFL player and 3 Time Superbowl Champion, Ed McCaffrey, is in Sydney this week promoting the 2017 College Football Sydney Cup between the Stanford University Cardinals and the Rice University Owls which will kick off at 12 noon on Sunday, 27 August 2017 at Allianz Stadium.

While in Sydney, Ed McCaffrey will be donating some of his time to attend the Gridiron Australia National Coaching Conference which will be held at Sydney Olympic Park this coming weekend (19-21 May 2017).

Ed McCaffrey was a wide receiver in the NFL for thirteen seasons and played for the New York Giants (1991–1993), San Francisco 49ers (1994) and the Denver Broncos (1995–2003). During his thirteen-year career, he made a Pro Bowl appearance in 1998 and won three Super Bowl rings – Super Bowl XXIX as a 49er and the Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII as a Bronco.

2017 Down Under Bowl

Posted: April 29, 2017 in American Football Camps & Clinics DownUnder Bowl
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The 2017 Down Under Bowl will be held from the 26 June – 3 July 2017 on the Gold Coast.  The tournament started in 1989 and was originally established to promote the sport of American Football, Gridiron, to the people of Australia and New Zealand.

Prior standouts of the Down Under Bowl include Jake “The Snake” Plummer – former quarterback for the Denver Broncos, Ahman Green – running back for the Green Bay Packers,  Rob Morris – 2007 Super Bowl Champ with the Indianapolis Colts, Australian Jesse Williams – drafted by the Seattle Seahawks and more recently Australian player Adam Gotsis who was the 2nd round pick for the Denver Broncos in the 2016 NFL Draft.

This year event features a Football Clinic lead by USA College Football Coaches.

REGISTER AND MORE INFORMATION: To read more about this years event and to register please go to: http://www.bringitonsports.com.au/events/down-under-bowl/


POSITIONS AVAILABLE – Coaches and Officials

Posted: September 23, 2016 in American Football Job Opportunities Raiders Gridiron Academy Youth Football
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Bring it on Sports are hiring Coaches and Officials for the Raiders Youth Gridiron12342274_10153858110697642_7533652875985731358_n Academy.  All Coaches and Officials will be paid.  Coaches will be expected to manage groups of players aged 7-14yrs.

Successful Coaches will be required to:

  • be available from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesdays Nights commencing the 11th October 2016 in addition to 1.5 hours on Friday Nights commencing the 14th October 2016. Coaching is held at David Phillips Sports Complex in Daceyville.
  • hold a current Australian Tax File Number
  • hold the USA Football Level 1 Tackle Certification. To complete this Certification please click on the link http://gridironaustralia.org.au/education/coaching-accreditation/
  • learn the rules of the game for 5 on 5 tackle Gridiron

Successful Officials will be required to:

  • be available from 4.30pm to 6.30pm on Tuesdays Nights commencing the 11th October 2016 in addition to 1.5 hours on Friday Nights commencing the 14th October 2016. Coaching is held at David Phillips Sports Complex in Daceyville.
  • hold a current Australian Tax File Number
  • learn the rules of the game for 5 on 5 tackle Gridiron

All applications should include the following information as relevant to the position you are applying for:

  • Coaches – years of playing Tackle Gridiron & years of coaching Tackle Gridiron
  • Officials – years of officiating Tackle Gridiron
  • Any other relevant information and qualifications (First Aid etc)

To apply please send your resume to info@bringitonsports.com.au

Polynesian Football Hall of Fame to visit Australia!

Posted: May 10, 2016 in American Football Youth Football
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Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Goodwill Tour to visit Australia, New Zealand and Samoa.

13173712_1128618040539245_7476569230873296713_nHonolulu, HI (May 10, 2016) – The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced today a Goodwill Tour that will include visits to Apia, Auckland, Pago Pago and Sydney on June 6 -14, 2016.

Led by Super Bowl Champions and Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Co-Founders Jesse Sapolu and Ma’a Tanuvasa, the Goodwill Tour will raise awareness about the many educational opportunities American Football can provide for young Polynesians in the Pacific. Football clinics will also be open to all youth free of charge.

“We are thrilled to have the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame down under, said Paul Manera, local organizer and Director of Bring it On Sports.  “Jesse and Ma’a are legends in the Polynesian community and American Football.”

Youth clinic details and other events will be announced in the coming weeks. The Polynesian Football Goodwill Tour schedule is as follows: Pago Pago, American Samoa June 6 & 7; Apia, Samoa June 8 & 9; Auckland, New Zealand June 9 – 11, and Sydney, Australia June 11 – 14.

“The growth and success of Polynesians in American Football has been extraordinary,” said Jesse Sapolu, four-time Super Bowl Champion. “The emergence of Rugby legend and current San Francisco 49er Jarryd Hayne is a great example of this.”

“The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame is committed to reaching Polynesian youth throughout the world, said two-time Super Bowl Champion Ma’a Tanuvasa. “American Football is a platform for educational opportunity.”

2016 Goodwill Tour - Sydney Clinic Flyer

About the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors Polynesia’s greatest players, coaches and contributors.  A
s a 501(C)(3) organization, the Hall of Fame preserves and promotes Polynesian football history and awards scholarships for Polynesian student-athletes.

About Jesse Sapolu
  – As a former offensive lineman for the University of Hawai’i, Jesse played offensive guard and center for the San Francisco 49ers for 15 seasons (1983-97). He was named an All-Pro twice and is one of only 23 NFL players in history to win four or more Super Bowl Rings. Jesse is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame and a Class of 2015 Inductee.

About Ma’a Tanuvasa – As a former defensive end for the University of Hawaii, Ma’a was an eighth round draft pick by the Los Angeles Rams. He is a Two-Time Super Bowl Champion as a member of the Denver Broncos and led his team in sacks (1993, 1994). Ma’a was inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He serves as Vice-Chairman and the Co-Founder of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.


Photo to the Left:  Paul Manera with Jesse Sapolu at the 2011 University of Hawaii Alumni Tailgate Party
Photo to the Right: Jesse Sapolu and Ma’a Tanavasa at the Polynesian Cultural Center with the 2015 class of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame


Posted: April 28, 2016 in American Football Hawaii USA Scholarships
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IMG_0602Current UH Offensive Line Coach, Chris Naeole, will be visiting Australia looking to recruit new talent for the UH Warriors Football Team.

This will be Coach Naeole’s 2nd trip to Australia.  On his visit down under last year, he discovered Max Hendrie, a rugby union player with Scots College.  This year he is hoping to continue his recruiting success by finding some more “diamonds in the rough”.


Naeole was drafted tenth overall in the 1997 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He was highest selected guard since Eric Moore in 1988, and the first Colorado offensive lineman selected in the first round since Stan Brock in 1980. He served as Hawaii’s interim head coach for its final four games of the 2015 season and has coached the offensive line for the past three seasons.

Excitement is building in Australia as the NFL Draft starts tomorrow and this year there quite a few Australian’s in the mix, most notably, Adam Gotsis IMG_1451from Georgia Tech who was a 3 year starter as a Defensive Lineman and who has been noticed by NFL scouts.  This, coupled with the success of Jarryd Hayne, and the fact that the University of Hawaii will be in Australia to play their season opener against University of Cal in Sydney on Saturday 27 August 2016 brings American Football to a new place in Australia and we feel there will be more and more Australian’s keen on trying to make it to the NFL.

Bring it on Sports Director, Paul Manera, says that most people that play in the NFL have all played college football and it is seen as the first stepping stone to making it to the NFL.

Coach Naeole will be visiting Sydney from 5-7 May 2016.

For more information please contact Bring it on Sports via email at info@bringitonsports.com.au or call Paul Manera on 0406 538 634.



Posted: April 18, 2016 in American Football Camps & Clinics NFL FLAG School Sports Programs Youth Football
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YES!  It’s time of the year again in Australia!  The end of Term 1 of school and to be honest some parents dread it. What do you do with your kids?  How do you keep them entertained? We have brought a new sport to Australia that the kids will love!  It’s called NFL Flag.  

NFL FLAG provides opportunities for children age 7-17 to enjoy America’s favorite sport in Australia! Players benefit by being physically active through non-contact, continuous action while learning the fundamentals of football, lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship.

This is a no-contact sport, and penalties for contact will be enforced. Tackling, blocking, stiff-arming or physical contact of any kind is not allowed.

Football is one of the most exciting and popular sports for kids. But whether it’s because of limited size or ability, or the desire to keep from getting hurt, not all kids want to play tackle football and many parents are concerned about the violent nature of the game.

Flag football has proven to be a much safer sport for kids that still includes the high action appeal of football with far less of the common injuries associated with tackle football: concussions, broken bones, sprains, and dislocations.


TO REGISTER FOR AN NFL FLAG CAMP PLEASE GO TO: http://www.bringitonsports.com.au/events/nflflagcamp/

#growingthegame #nflflag #americanfootball #gridirion #schoolholidaycamps #bringitonsports


Posted: March 18, 2016 in American Football DownUnder Bowl
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The Down Under Bowl was inaugurated in 1989 and gives Australian and New Zealand football players the opportunity to train with and compete against USA High School Football Teams.

We are currently looking for a coach to supervise Australian and New Zealand gridiron players that are participating in this year’s Down Under Bowl on the Gold Coast.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assistant Gridiron coach with one of the USA Down Under Bowl Teams.
  • Supervise the Australian and New Zealand players and be a point of contact for them at the event on the Gold Coast.
  • Ensure that the players are following the rules and acting with great character and are ambassadors for the sport.
  • Liaise with parents and/or emergency contacts if required
  • Liaise with the Down Under Bowl Organisers

Qualifications and Criteria

  • Level 1 Gridiron Coaching Accreditation
  • Level 1 General Principals of Coaching
  • Successful working with Children Check for the Queensland (This can be completed after a successful Interview)
  • Applicants must be a resident of Australia

Dates Required

  • The successful applicant will be required to arrive in the Gold Coast on Monday the 27 June 2016 and depart the Gold Coast on Monday the 4 July 2016.


  • 7 Nights Accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Return Flight from the Gold Coast
  • Any Official Leisure tours that are included on the Down Under Bowl Itinerary
  • All transfers
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and buffet dinner
  • Team Photo (athletes and coaches only)
  • Orientation meeting and pasta buffet
  • Hard Rock Cafe Dinner
  • 2 Meal Vouchers
  • Farewell Dinner

* Dates, itinerary and inclusions are subject to change and are dependent on ISSI and the Down Under Bowl organisers.

How to Apply

Please send your Gridiron Coaching Resume including two relevant references from the Australian Gridiron Community. All applications need to be sent to info@bringitonsports.com.au

Please note: this is not a paid position however the above inclusion will be provided.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE – Friday 1 April 2016

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