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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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