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33 nominations for Cup

International Cup 2011

33 men's and women's teams have been nominated for the 2011 Australian Football International Cup, to be staged in Sydney and Melbourne in August.

The long list of possible newcomers in the men's competition is Indonesia, Italy, France, Vanuatu, Iceland, Fiji, East Timor, Croatia, Switzerland and depending on definition, Tonga, which competed in the multi-cultural section in 2008. At this stage all previous competing nations have nominated, except Spain (2005).

For the first time there will be a women's tournament, possibly featuring Ireland, PNG, USA, Italy, Canada and a combined Multicultural & Indigenous team.

Read on for the full men's list.

The men's nominations (previous attendance in brackets) are:

  Nation Previous ICs attended
1. PNG 2002, 05, 08
2. New Zealand     2002, 05, 08
3. South Africa 2002, 05, 08
4. Ireland 2002, 05, 08
5. Nauru 2002, 08
6. Canada 2002, 05, 08
7. USA 2002, 05, 08
8. Japan 2002, 05, 08
9. Great Britain 2002, 05, 08
10. Samoa 2002, 05, 08
11. Denmark 2002, 08
12. Tonga 2008 (not in main draw)
13. Sweden 2008
14. Finland 2008
15. China 2008
16. India 2008
17. France (New)
18. Switzerland (New)
19. Croatia (New)
20. Fiji (New)
21. Iceland (New)
22. Peace Team     2008
23. Vanuatu (New)
24. Indonesia (New)
25. Italy (New)
26. East Timor (New)
27. Multicultural (not in main draw)

Until recently it was thought likely that the Netherlands and Austria were good chances, and Portugal had also expressed interest, although they were highly unlikely with no domestic games played yet. Spain has been fairly quiet on the international footy front although Catalonia may have been a dark horse to attend. Germany and the Czech Republic are two other European sides that would have given IC11 some serious thought.

It seems likely that somewhere between 2 to 8 of these sides will not make it to the starting line, which would still leave the AFL with a record attendance. Once sides are finalised we would expect the AFL to announce 2 or 3 divisions, to protect the newest footy nations from unfortunate losses to the top contenders.

The women's sides are as expected, with Ireland recently in action against Italy, the USA and Canada developing a rivalry, and PNG girls sides doing well in Queensland representative matches.

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33 nominations for Cup
Authored by: sverik25 on Sunday, February 06 2011 @ 04:03 pm ACDT

I don't know about everyone one else but I was a bit suprised when I heard that Germany wouldn't be attending IC11, what are everyone's thoughts on this?

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33 nominations for Cup
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Sunday, February 06 2011 @ 04:49 pm ACDT

No surprise at all.  The AFLG's official line for a number of years has been that they aren't currently interested in sending a team as they believe the funds would be better spent in-country.

There are some players who are interested in theory, but they struggled to get a full squad to Denmark last year, only getting across the line due to recruiting some German citizens playing elsewhere around Europe.

They will, however, be playing a 16-a-side friendly against France this year, it'll be part of the French team's IC preparations and I think the first full-field international for France as well, excepting maybe the ANZAC matches.


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33 nominations for Cup
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, February 06 2011 @ 05:31 pm ACDT

Yeah there was some discussion with Germany a while back, so I assume they give it genuine thought each time, but ultimately stick with the decision to stay home.  Hopefully by 2014 their numbers will have grown such that they have plenty of keen players knocking the door down and able to pay their way.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Authored by: Martin2 on Tuesday, February 08 2011 @ 04:41 pm ACDT

It is disappointing that there is no team from Colombia participating. A girlfriend of mine lives in Medellin and won't have a team to support.

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Authored by: Aaron Richard on Tuesday, February 08 2011 @ 08:09 pm ACDT

 South America is the only continent not yet represented, except for Australia (and Antarctica).

No clubs I know of in Colombia, but there are people kicking the footy in Chile, Argentina and Brazil... maybe in the near future.

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Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, February 08 2011 @ 08:50 pm ACDT

And Peru.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Authored by: Martin2 on Thursday, February 10 2011 @ 06:53 pm ACDT

Also, by the way, does anybody know what TV channel shows AFL games on Colombian television?

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Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, February 19 2011 @ 12:53 pm ACDT

Martin, if you go to the AFL website towards the top there's a menu that includes TV & Radio and each year that lists the International television coverage.  More details probably get added once the premiership season begins.

Unfortunately though I seem to recall that South America is one of the few areas that gets no coverage at all.  We asked the AFL about it in 2009 and they were hoping to address it.

See AFL hopes to address hole in international coverage

We will ask again.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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Authored by: Brett Northey on Monday, February 21 2011 @ 09:16 pm ACDT

I've been in contact with the AFL's Media Relations Manager and he has advised that online streaming may well be possible and they are currently talking with a company regarding TV coverage.  They should know either way by the start of the season proper.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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