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2017 International Cup eligibility rules to change

International Cup 2017

There has been an adjustment to the eligibility rules for the 2017 AFL International Cup. There has been extensive consultation with competing nations following IC14 and lengthy consideration given to whether eligibility rules should be changed. 

At IC14 some nations felt that other countries had a large advantage in having many players that were located in Australia and playing in the lead up to the tournament (some for multiple years),

The new rules do not actually impose any new restrictions on individuals but rather ensure that no country’s squad is completely dominated by Australian based players.

Expatriate Australians of course are ineligible to play in the International Cup as in previous years.

A player qualifies for their country by being a citizen and by having lived predominantly in that country between the ages of 10 and 16. The rules allow the AFL to grant exceptions to the eligibility criteria on a case-by-case basis if it is satisfied that the player is a bona fide resident of the country concerned, and that "his/her participation would be in the best interests of the competition".

The new rules are to be applied as follows;

“Each squad must have no more than 12 players who are based in Australia at the time of submitting team lists and that of those 12 players, the squad has no more than 3 players who have played Australian Football for 5 or more consecutive years in Australia (including the 2017 season) leading into IC17.”

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2017 International Cup eligibility rules to change
Authored by: Cam Homes on Wednesday, February 08 2017 @ 11:03 pm ACDT

I reckon Pakistan might be the only country that might have a problem meeting this criteria.

Looks like Germany will be making their IC debut this time around. Their website has a national squad named and pages devoted to the IC headed by a statement that Germany will be competing for first time. As long as all IC14 nations return we could see at least twenty nations this year, or as many as 22 teams if Team Indochina and Crusaders also get on board. WOW.

In the women, we know that GB is in and New Zealand has been touted as playing this year as well. PNG Flames are hoping to return I think and it would be great if a Crusaders team could be here too. Here's hoping, nine teams in the women? WOW again.

2017 International Cup eligibility rules to change
Authored by: Harley Vague on Tuesday, February 14 2017 @ 12:52 pm ACDT

Cam, do you know anything about Pakistan because I cannot get any confirmation from anyone.

2017 International Cup eligibility rules to change
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Thursday, February 09 2017 @ 05:49 am ACDT

It does seem a reasonable position - the rule - because, to cut harder and deeper would surely threaten the financial viability.

What I would like to see from the AFL is greater promotion and financial support at least of the travel or accommodation.

And on the back of the 'unexpected' success (for the AFL) of the AFLW - - one hopes at least that the AFL will be pumping up the ICW div'n. The AFL hopefully might be learning that not everything has to be focussed on draftable talent for the 18 AFL teams.

2017 International Cup eligibility rules to change
Authored by: Cam Homes on Thursday, February 09 2017 @ 08:56 pm ACDT

In regard to the last sentence in your comment Michael, I fear it is a very faint hope. I am pessimistic about most things the AFL does with the promotion and support given to world footy. Just hope I'm proved wrong here, hey!

2017 International Cup eligibility rules to change
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Friday, February 10 2017 @ 05:57 am ACDT

The dilemma is the players are (rightfully) seeking to improve their cut. The AFL is running the league and the game - a bit of a conflict there.
The players often come out with the old cliché of they being the ones who put on the show and so deserve the money. I contest that though - it is the clubs, including Melb est 1858, Geelong, even North (est 1869) - clubs that are around 150-160 years old that put on the show - - and they contract talent to represent them.
If the players alone were so great then we'd still have State of Origin.
The challenge is for our footy media to adapt now to the AFLW in addition to the mens. If they can handle that then the might have matured enough to see the International Cup for what it is rather than be blinded by what it isn't.

2017 International Cup eligibility rules to change
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, February 18 2017 @ 06:19 pm ACDT

And I even contest that it's even the AFL clubs that make the game work. It's the sport and everyone who has played it, promoted it, supported it and volunteered at clubs and leagues to run them, and I mean all the clubs and leagues, perhaps least of all the AFL clubs that just benefit at the top. If the players didn't play there are 1000s more lining up that want to.

The key is they deserve a bit more given it's short career for most but you can't demand a fixed percentage of revenue from your employer, and if they do then every time the AFL get a windfall that could be spent on game development the players will swallow a big chunk.

But yes I had been thinking that the AFL have shown they really can promote in creative ways something that is not previously their bread and butter and perhaps this shows the way for them for the IC. Also hoping maybe the players association and more directly the women players could get on board the IC as they know what it's like, previously, to fight for some coverage and support.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

2017 International Cup eligibility rules to change
Authored by: Rog on Monday, February 13 2017 @ 02:24 pm ACDT

GB had 13 Aus based players named in their preliminary squad, so at least one of those guys will have to miss out.