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Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Eurofooty on Monday, May 11 2009 @ 09:27 pm ACST

@Troy Thompson

Looking at a full 25 in the squads, there could be as many (perhaps even more) than 8 EU countries. This has been known for a while as the idea was first mooted in Hamburg in 2007 regarding an 18-a-side European Championships (under IC rules). The major problem here is that there is a massive hurdle to overcome to put on a tournament of this magnitude on the host nation(s).

@Aaron

Regarding a pre- or post-season tournament, I wouldn't think it too difficult for the AFL to exercise its influence in finding a set of suitable facilities for this event. Time is not a problem here.

Perhaps if the travel costs is an issue for the near-Australian countries, then holding an IC every 3 years may not be in everyones interest (particularly for those travelling furthest). Why not atleast 4 or even 5 years instead?

Regarding financing, the quicker the tournament the attract teams who select their squads based on merit, rather than availability, the quicker we will see a more competitive tournament and better spectacle for the Australian public (and sponsors) to get behind and support.

Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Brett Northey on Monday, May 11 2009 @ 09:50 pm ACST


I think what this thread shows, as has been found before, is that there are no simple solutions - which is partly why no one is ever happy with what happens.

Re an Indigenous Australian side, I reckon no, because it would be considered divisive by plenty of Australians. If they are to play under an Australian banner then ethnic background can't be a criteria.

Re letting a few expat Aussies that have permanently settled in other countries represent their adopted country, which Troy was strongly against, I actually wouldn't have a problem if it was very strict criteria, like 5+ years, a significant role in development there, and limited to no more than 3 per tea,.

Re qualifying divisions, maybe, but the AFL generally wants as many teams as possible to come. Perhaps a better way is that the first 2 rounds be effectively divisional qualifying. Or really, I just reckon they have to have a development division like almost happened last time.

Re the timing, yeah, pre-season or immediately post-season would get much more attention in Australia. I reckon ovals could be found. But early season has the issue that so many countries have yet to start their season. I don't reckon that has to be a show-stopper if most countries don't mind. But as previously discussed, the players want to see AFL matches - as long as the decision is made to play the Cup during the AFL season I think attention will always be severely limited, unless it focuses around mid-season breaks (so the players may be able to see a full round either end of the tournament). Eurofooty, you were involved with Sweden's team at IC08, do you reckon many of your players would've not come if they could only see a few or no AFL games? I'd be very keen to align with the mid-season break and have the AFL really pump up a weekend of IC games, say the semi-finals and then GF as a Tuesday night match.

Re location, if it is in Australia, don't forget the Gold Coast. The new AFL club will be making its AFL debut, there will be two teams in the state so at least one game each week, a lot of development money in the area so lots of people who appreciate the difficulties of growing the game in new areas. And the players would appreciate the warmer weather compared with a Melbourne winter, and AFL Oceania is based out of Queensland.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Eurofooty on Monday, May 11 2009 @ 10:20 pm ACST

@ Brett

Now that the team has been down, participated and gotten the Melbourne footy experience, I would guess that 2-3 live AFL games would suffice. Your suggestion for the Gold Coast, in that sense, if a good one with both GC17 and Brisbane Lions homes games within easy reach. Over the 3 weekends the IC transpires, this may result in 3-4 live AFL matches (not including any AFLQ games at Southport). And of course a warm climate and beaches would be a nice plus for those coming from the cooler climes...

Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Brett Northey on Monday, May 11 2009 @ 10:37 pm ACST


I won't claim credit - I think Andrew Cadzow from AFL Oceania and AFLPNG mentioned it to me a while back. I don't know if he's still keen on it. Definitely a good tourist destination for the players, and I can't help but to think that just 3 years after Melbourne yet again, that it would be more attractive to so many of the returning players.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN