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23 teams set for IC14, AFL 9s scrapped
Authored by: Niels Schønnemann on Tuesday, February 25 2014 @ 01:55 pm ACDT

My experience comes from Denmark and to some extent Europe, so my views will reflect this. Based on this I rarely see anything else than either stagnation or less innovation. Its all about basic operations and getting through the season, so if you view that as a succesfull season, I see why you dont see the hit particularly smaller leagues take. But if we compare maintaining the club numbers one year and attending the IC vs not attending and growing by one club - I would say the ladder is the most succesfull.

Brett, out of curiosity, have you lived overseas and been involved directly on the ground with one of the leagues/countries organising and attending the IC?

23 teams set for IC14, AFL 9s scrapped
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, February 25 2014 @ 09:47 pm ACDT

I sense a disapproving tone Niels.  Perhaps I'm too sensitive, but I will briefly defend my credentials even if they are different to say your own.

No I haven't lived overseas doing that work.  But I've spent a decade dedicating a large part of my "spare" time (that includes a chunk of what might otherwise be put to useful things like sleeping!) to running this website (which really should be a full time job) purely for the good of the international game (it's up to others whether they judge that successful but we know of the difference we've made in some areas), and a big chunk of that has been monitoring the health of leagues and talking to officials and exchanging ideas etc.  Happily the game has outgrown my ability to stay in touch with all the different countries and all the changing faces of officials etc.

So I readily acknowledge I don't know in detail what is happening in each area, hence I asked for feedback.  Although at the end of the day living in one or two areas doesn't give anyone a view to what's happening across the whole world.

What I've seen, from afar, is that often after an IC a league is relatively stable in the following year, which in many cases is all that would've happened anyway.  But on the upside some players become all the more passionate about the game, and feel part of a greater community, and go back with extra enthusiasm.

I think it really does depend on each individual person and each individual league.  But as I said, I too have long thought every 3 years is too much of a drain.  So I think we're on the same page.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
23 teams set for IC14, AFL 9s scrapped
Authored by: Harley Vague on Tuesday, February 25 2014 @ 11:20 pm ACDT

IMO it would not be too difficult to have a quad annual WC and quad annual IC interleaved every two years. Europe could hold a WC and invite the winners of the 49th Parallel Cup, SEAFL and Oceania with the AFL contributing to those select airfares. Could be a great promotion if held in conjuntion with an AFL exhibition game.

23 teams set for IC14, AFL 9s scrapped
Authored by: Cam Homes on Tuesday, February 25 2014 @ 11:34 pm ACDT

Cost has and will continue to have a huge bearing on which nations will attend the IC's, regardless of where they are held.

Germany has chosen till now to give the IC's a miss but they have competed in both European Championships to date and also have played some other 'Internationals" in Europe so there are a number of guys who have played for their country. (tho' not at IC level)

The detrimental affect of spending up big to attend an IC nearly always bring the spotlight back on Spain and as someone suggested was due to the fact that it was very early in the formation of AFL Spain (read Madrid, a one club set up).

Probably the ideal situation would be to have the IC's every four years and a regional (as in European Championships) tournament (less costly travel wise) staggered half way in between. The smaller/poorer leagues/nations would be able to make the regional champs their focus for now. The hosts of these regional champs would benefit promotionally as well. Fiji takes a point with hosting under 16's I think. Oceania/South Pacific and Asian (possibly a North and South) Championships should be targets set by the AFL (world ruling body) for the near furure.

The GFC did not help a lot of countries (Croatia had wanted to attend IC11 but it seems cost killed off their attempt. (hope to see them here this time tho) Finland also went home winless after an IC and the inaugural Europe Champs so enthusiasm was hit for a six. Timor Leste (and Spain by the way) were winless (mind Timor Leste lost 2 games by only a goal) so enthusiasm got whacked again with them.

Heaps money spent for no wins :-(

Despite all the above its great to see Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Indonesia and Pakistan all put their hands up this year as well as Croatia, and good to see Finland having another crack at it. Best of luck to all of them. Just hope that the AFL (world ruling body) is giving them all as much assistance (eg. helping organising travel group concessions, accommodation ditto, etc) as possible.

Qantas looks like they need the customers, AFL use some clout here couldn't they :-)

If all 30 nations attend (guys and gals) that's about at least 2 jumbo jets full coming to Aussie.