American football, speedway, kickboxing and indoor rowing are the disciplines approved by the authorities of the International World Games Association (IWGA), that awards the rights to organize the World Games. These disciplines were previously indicated by the host city of the games, that will be held in the capital of Lower Silesia.
Tommy Wiking, the president of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF), said on this occasion:
“We are honored by the decision of IWGA. It is another great news for our discipline. The presence of IFAF is a great thing for us because it is very important to promote American football on such a big event like World Games, with a lot of athletes and sports, and to promote our organization, of course. Polish League of American Football has been establishing the highest standards of organizing football events in Europe. I am convinced that the tournament in Wrocław will bring enormous success and we thank to the City of Wroclaw for their big support.“
“We are very happy that a major American football tournament will be held in Poland in 2017. The World Games 2017 in Wrocław are an unique opportunity that allowed unprecedented development of our senior National Team. Thanks to significant support of Polish Ministry of Sports and Tourism our athletes are able to prepare to the World Games at Olympic facilities. Moreover we were able to provide the National Team with splendid coaching staff that is involved in Polish coaches’ development too. Forthcoming tournament in Wrocław is a great challenge for us. We are going to compete with some of the best teams in the World. Our National Team is one of the very youngest in Europe – we established it only in 2013. Nonetheless we are very optimistic and we are looking forward to a superb tournament – on-and-off the field” said Jedrzej Steszewski, the President of the Polish American Football Association.
In the American football tournament will compete four nations: Poland, Germany, France and USA.
The last time when American football feature as an invitational sport was in 2005 when Duisburg, Germany, hosted the World Games.
Invited sports are not included in the official program of the Games, and their world federations are not members of the International World Games Association (IWGA). The participants will be treated according to the same rules as participants of official program’s disciplines. However, the results of invited sports competitions will not be included in the final medal classification.
The 2017 World Games were originally due to be held from August 3rd to 13th but were moved to July 20th to 30th in order to avoid a clash with the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in London.
Wrocław was awarded the event in 2012, beating the capital of Hungary Budapest, now a candidate city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.