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2008 EU Cup preview - France, Croatia, Czech Republic and Catalonia
Authored by: Julian Clark on Tuesday, October 07 2008 @ 02:49 pm ACDT

Although the limit on Australians can be a barrier to entry for some newer countries...

... but at least other Euros and other nationalities can try to make it a reality.

I am moving to Switzerland shortly and will get footy moving there (I know how to do it)...

... with such tournaments as the event to play in if you can only make one event... it will be interesting to see if Swiss establishment is hampered as a result of the limit... if I get 7 keen expats to the first training to kickstart the Swiss footy juggernaut - I have to tell one of them to keep training - but you wont be playing any matches this year.

... lucky the CEAFL is there for such new countries.

2008 EU Cup preview - France, Croatia, Czech Republic and Catalonia
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, October 07 2008 @ 04:21 pm ACDT

Yeah I figured as I wrote that that is the obvious drawback - how to not alienate the Aussies who in many cases get things started. This comes up over and over in international footy, be it in international games or within leagues. There doesn't seem to be a perfect answer, probably what has been done with the EU Cup has worked well - start less restrictive, work in a handicap system so Aussies can come but emphasis is on locals if available, and wind down the expats allowed as the bulk of the countries grow their numbers. The drawback in the early days is that many sides aren't really true national sides, and so for that and other reasons you get the better nations like Ireland, GB and Denmark stay away, though it seems like the day may be coming closer that the European nations find a way to compete for a Europe-wide championship - lots of maneouvring behind the scenes.

I guess it would be nice if there was some way to have an adjunct competition that allowed expats to compete. Kind of like the Multicultural Challenge at the International Cup. Again, there have been proposals along those lines in the past and they continue to be floated.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN