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ASIAN CUP
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, February 10 2013 @ 10:57 pm ACDT

It's great to see that the EAAFL is off and running and leading to greater communication with the idea of more local representation.

But I do want to pick up on what I think is a misunderstanding with the comment:

"It is only fair allow locals the opportunity represent "their country" in International cups along with the expat teams and not lump them together under something we create from an Anglo perspective."

There are no expat teams at the International Cups.  And there is no suggestion that locals should not represent their country.

As Troy has said, the idea is not to prevent Asian players from getting to play at the IC, it's to allow them a chance if and only if their home country does not yet have a national side able to make it.  Many countries can scrape together 20 to 30 local players but that's a long long way from being able to get them to all have the time and money to go.  So instead we have players unable to go and experience and be inspired by the celebration of international footy that is the International Cup.

I don't think putting together an All-Stars side is a particularly "Anglo" concept.  It is common throughout world sport to group people geographically for the purpose of sport, such as the President's Cup in golf sees the US versus the rest of the world grouped together (less Europe), and the Ryder Cup sees the US versus Europe.

There are no expat teams at the International Cups.  If a country does not field a side it's because it doesn't have the local players or time or money or inclination.  Giving them a chance to go seems the fairest and best way to inspire them, and I believe there's some precedent with some Scandinavian players slipping into various IC teams in the past.

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ASIAN CUP
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, February 10 2013 @ 11:10 pm ACDT

So none of what we're suggesting re the International Cup prevents individual Asian nations from fielding sides at the IC or in the EAAFL, it purely is to provide a fallback when numbers are insufficient for the huge cost that is attending the IC.

I've also thought it would be great for South America to enter a combined side at the International Cup, because they are so isolated from the rest of the international footy community and seem a long way off being able to have any one country make it.  It would be a great way for the few locals in Brazil, Chile and Argentina to come together, represent their broader region, make contact with the AFL, build relationships with the AFL, amongst each other, amongst leagues in Australia, and go home inspired to next time hopefully return with their own national side.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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