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Opinion: Report card on IC2005
Authored by: Sean Finlayson on Wednesday, August 24 2005 @ 07:12 pm ACST

Thanks Brett for your answers, and thanks for not taking my comments negatively, as you say, they weren't meant to be.
I'd be happy to make a financial contribution to the right people, but I think the AFL gets anough of my money already, and I'd hardly say they are "cash strapped"
I'd suggest that the World Cup be played at the start of the year during the AFL pre-season cup, while interest and excitement is at its highest, and while Melbourne people are not so worried about their AFL team loyalties. The game could be a curtain raiser to the Wizard Cup grand final. This would coincide with the seasons of the northern hemisphere teams and form part of summer training for the southern hemisphere teams. There are plenty of midsized grounds like Optus Oval and Junction Oval that are begging for events like this. A pre-season charity cricket match between Melbourne and Collingwood drew a bumper crowd at Junction Oval. With the right promotion from the AFL, perhaps having some big name AFL players involved, AFL fans would get right into it.

Opinion: Report card on IC2005
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, August 25 2005 @ 04:46 am ACST

Around March would seem best - warmer weather, still some AFL matches with round 1, the public hungry for footy, maybe even twilight games for weekday matches. Of course there could be good reasons against all this but no show-stoppers jump out at me.


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Brett Northey - Co-founder of WFN, Chief Editor and Editor for North America and Africa

Future IC's in March?
Authored by: Niels Schønnemann on Friday, August 26 2005 @ 11:15 am ACST

I play football in Denmark, and from our point of view (and maybe many other nothern hemisphere leagues), an IC in March would be bad timing, nothing less. Mainly from a training and match point of view. In the most northern hemisphere countries, the season runs from april til september (summertime), as the winter weather makes it impossible to play and train. Here in Denmark, all outdoor amateur sport can't get acces to grass training until mid april, meaning we would get seriously set back in our preparations. In contrast to the leagues that play between september to march (the ones with warmer climate), they can at least still train out of season on grass.
So march may have its advantages for melbourne, but big disadvantages for many of the countries competing.

Future IC's in March?
Authored by: Brett Northey on Friday, August 26 2005 @ 10:53 pm ACST

Yep, that seems to be the one major problem. Which is a real shame because I suspect it will hold the International Cup back quite a lot - it will always suffer if it has to go head to head with the AFL season. That's why I mentioned in my story that I wondered if increasingly countries can keep national squads together - maybe even training indoors for a few countries that are restricted that way. Countries don't need to pick their squads based on who is best this season - it will always have a large component of previous form. So yes it would be a disadvantage for say Denmark and some other northern countries, but then the current timing is a disadvantage for some like New Zealand whose season hadn't started. I guess it depends on how big the disadvantages are and whether the good of the game outweighs them. The only other options I can think of would be after the AFL finals but then players wouldn't get to see AFL matches, or in the mid-season break (so they could see matches at the start and end of the break, but the actual tournament would not be up against the AFL). Or leave it as is and risk it continung to be a very expensive exercise with little following in Australia and unfulfilled potential. But maybe that is the only viable option.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder of WFN, Chief Editor and Editor for North America and Africa