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Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, May 12 2009 @ 10:10 am ACST

But our unofficial World Rankings included all countries that could possibly have fielded a team of locals in 2008, and that was 22 nations:

World Rankings 2008

I think we'd all be delighted if that many made it to IC11.

In fact I reckon 16 teams would be a reasonable outcome again. I would've gone for 4 years between Cups, to make it special and give countries time to fundraise. But 3 years it is.

Without having asked them, I'd guess serious possible additions since 2008 could be Tonga, Germany, France, Croatia, Spain and/or Catalonia, and maybe Australia. And there's often an unexpected newcomer. But it's also a big ask for so many countries to back up 3 years later, so some drop-outs should be expected. Perhaps we can hope for 18 to 20 teams.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Joel Adin Porretta on Tuesday, May 12 2009 @ 01:20 pm ACST

What if all 22 countries were used. I'm sure the AFL would help with finances for some countries. Each team could play 6 qualifiying games then a ladder could be made with the bottom 6 teams being eliminated leaving 16. After this it be a knockout series.