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Elite "World 18" to join Australian Under 16 State Championships

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Reports have emerged that the AFL intends that next year's national Under 16s championships will for the first time feature a "World 18", with a squad of 25 players from outside Australia. The squad will compete in Division 2, with Queensland, Tasmania, the Northern Territory, and NSW/ACT.

It was reported that 15 squad members will be recruited from Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and South Africa, with the remaining ten to be picked from Europe, the US, Canada, Japan and the remainder of the Pacific.

The World 18 will be allowed to include overage players in the side, meaning the playing group will be in the age range 15-18 years. Only players having spent at least the last three years overseas will be eligible for selection.

An official announcement is expected today. For more, see the article AFL to add "World XVIII" to national under-16 championships from Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper.

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Elite "World 18" to join Australian Under 16 State Championships
Authored by: Benjamin Hamon on Thursday, October 29 2009 @ 07:31 am ACDT

Good initiative for the recognition of the international Aussie Rules!

Elite "World 18" to join Australian Under 16 State Championships
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Thursday, October 29 2009 @ 09:35 am ACDT

If this is true, and we hope it is - it certainly shows the real recognition sea-change that has illustrated a broader AFL community penny drop that occurred sometime last year.

In the lead up to IC 2008, VAFA clubs were being sought as 'hosts', but, suddenly AFL clubs became more interested despite the late Aug early Sep timeslot.

The back door route of international rookies is the new trend.....Mike Pyke is indicative of the capacity to find a cross code player, but MORE importantly, with 2 PNG lads already on International Rookie lists, and 2 lads involved at GC17 - there is a real recognition of the developing nations as being valid source of talent.

The need to have kids have a 'window' around age 15 is obviously recognised as vital. This is a key step forward. Kids at that age now will have an opportunity to be seen, and an opportunity that makes playing the game at school or having a crack in their 'off-season' from their main sport - makes it all the more appealling.

This though does make the future of the IC more interesting. There really will have to be senior divisions to separate out the nations with 'junior' programs vs those without.

Elite "World 18" to join Australian Under 16 State Championships
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Thursday, October 29 2009 @ 02:10 pm ACDT

Don't see why it wouldn't be true - plans seem fairly advanced. I'm interested to see how selection is undertken though.

Regarding the IC - the difference in standard between the more developed countries like PNG and NZ and the newcomers like China and India is going to get a lot bigger very quickly.

We'll see what happens.

Elite "World 18" to join Australian Under 16 State Championships
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, November 01 2009 @ 11:09 pm ACDT


In reference to Mick's comments, yes, the penny has slowly dropped across many clubs, although clearly there have been key people in AFL game development who were on this track for several years now, it just takes time to get all the right things in place. And of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg if more is invested.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

Elite "World 18" to join Australian Under 16 State Championships
Authored by: tinka13 on Sunday, November 01 2009 @ 05:47 pm ACDT

Yes, the IC will need to make changes, but that was going to happen regardless. With a possible 20 countries OR MORE playing in the next IC you will need 2 divisions. A World International18 is fantastic and could transform the game in NZ, PNG, RSA and others who have good juniors. With the AFL running the game globally, there will need to be (at some time) a International body planned to run the International Cup in the future. The AFL's interest is recruiting juniors and the needs of senior level footy around the world will also need to be represented as well. Things are really starting to hot up, You Beauty!

Elite "World 18" to join Australian Under 16 State Championships
Authored by: peter caldwell on Sunday, November 01 2009 @ 09:10 pm ACDT

I first read this on Thursday morning on this site, about 3 hrs later on Foxsport site, and a further 3 hrs later on the AFL site. So I thought I'd see if there would be any mention of it on the TV. It is now Sunday night and no mention at all. This will be the biggest problem this idea faces, as good as it is, the people who enjoy Australian footy are not being informed by the Australian Media even the Under 16 championships don't get any mention. I look forward to any information on the world 18 and if it dose eventuate I wish them all the best.

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Elite "World 18" to join Australian Under 16 State Championships
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, November 01 2009 @ 11:06 pm ACDT

Full press release is now up - apologies for the delay, I got the press release from the AFL but was on holidays with only occasional email contact.

http://www.worldfootynews.com/article...1232457696

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN