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AFL confirms 18 Nations to compete in IC11

International Cup 2011

The AFL today announced the final list of 18 participating nations in the men's edition of the 4th International Cup in August 2011, and 5 nations in the inaugural women's division.

The countries that will participate in the men's carnival are; Canada, China, Denmark, East Timor, Fiji, France, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Japan, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peace Team (comprising of both Israeli and Palestinian players), Sweden, South Africa, Tonga and USA.

There are four men's teams making their International Cup debut; East Timor, Fiji, France, and Tonga. Not making the journey are Switzerland, who were still hoping to make their IC debut earlier this year, and IC08 participants Samoa and Finland.

For the first time five women’s teams will also participate; Canada, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, USA and a combined multicultural and Indigenous team.

Venues in Sydney’s Greater West will host matches from Saturday August 13 to Sunday August 21 and Melbourne’s Royal Park will host matches on Wednesday August 24 and Friday August 26.

Two International Cup matches will be played as AFL curtain-raisers; before Sydney Swans v St Kilda at ANZ Stadium on Sunday August 21 and the grand final match will be played prior to Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday August 27. Both AFL matches will feature a ‘Parade of Nations’ where all teams will be presented at halftime.

AFL International Development Manager, Tony Woods, said the International Cup is a showcase of the growth of the game around the world and is a reflection of the diversity within our game.

“There will be up to 1000 players and officials taking part in the carnival. With 18 nations participating, this will be the biggest and most exciting International Cup yet.

“We look forward to welcoming the nations, watching them compete and experience the role Australian football plays in bringing cultures together,” Mr Woods said.

No expatriate Australians are eligible to play in the International Cup. Teams are comprised solely of amateurs who must be nationals of the country they represent. All players must have lived the majority of the years aged between 10 and 16 as a citizen of their nation.

Former Sydney Swans captain and premiership player Brett Kirk is the International Cup ambassador. Brett is currently touring nations that will participate in the carnival, and will return to Australia later this month.

Previous International Cup winners are; Ireland (2002), New Zealand (2005) and Papua New Guinea (2008).

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Divisions/pools/fixture
Authored by: Niels Schønnemann on Friday, July 01 2011 @ 06:32 pm ACST

Sounds great! Cant wait to be there in August. Does anyone know more about which countries, will be in what division? About seedings for the opening round? Anything fixture related?

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Divisions/pools/fixture
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Friday, July 01 2011 @ 07:00 pm ACST

We were originally told they'd have a fixture for release today, but haven't received a complete one yet.  The long wait time is due to them extending the cutoff date to give nations a chance to confirm their attendance, which has taken a long time in some cases.

But at the moment, I reckon it's safe that guess you're looking at the 1st day lightning tournament round, which will seed teams into 2 divisions.  With 18 teams it could be either 10 in Div 1 and 8 in Div 2, or maybe even 12 in Div 1 and 6 in Div 2.

That's my conjecture though, hopefully we'll have it confirmed soon.

 

 

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Divisions/pools/fixture
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, July 01 2011 @ 09:49 pm ACST

Yeah my understanding is that there will probably be a lightning carnival to seed teams into 2 divs, but that more teams will end up in Div 1 than Div 2, to give most teams a chance to win it overall.  So everyone gets a chance at the start and only the bottom few miss out on Div 1, which personally I think is vital to stop too many really ugly results.  But not confirmed yet.

There's at least one other innovation expected as well.

A surprise that the Italian women's team is not there.  I think they were heavily involved with neighbours Switzerland, so perhaps a joint decision that it was a bridge too far this time around.

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AFL confirms 18 Nations to compete in IC11
Authored by: smusic on Friday, July 01 2011 @ 08:35 pm ACST

starting to get excited!! will be coming from Perth - new home - to watch the swedes play!! wear my sodermalm jumper!! LOL!! trying to earn some swedish before then ... my grandads home ... looking forward to it all..

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AFL confirms 18 Nations to compete in IC11
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, July 01 2011 @ 10:54 pm ACST

worldfootynews.com will publish the draw Saturday 2nd July hopefully around 10am Australian Central Standard Time (GMT+9:30).

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AFL confirms 18 Nations to compete in IC11
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, July 02 2011 @ 01:15 am ACST

In fact we'll probably publish a few hours earlier than that.

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