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23 teams set for IC14, AFL 9s scrapped
Authored by: sverik25 on Thursday, February 27 2014 @ 11:02 pm ACDT

Harley, to me the local qualifiers sounds like a pretty good idea. And I think every four years in odd numbered years say 2017, 2021, etc. would avoid most potential clash concerns - not that the IC is a large scale event by any means. I think it would be great if at the next European Championships they could get say 10-12 countries competing and consider a similar Pacific and also an Asian event. 

I am also surprised and a little disappointed about Germany, but I understand the costs and the time off required often make it too difficult. 

Let's hope that all of the countries who have put their name down can make it out and that this is the biggest and best IC yet. 

 

 

 

 

 

23 teams set for IC14, AFL 9s scrapped
Authored by: Jarren on Friday, February 28 2014 @ 10:16 pm ACDT

The problem with qualifiers is that it may result in countries willing and able to come not qualifying, which I cant see as a good thing at this stage.  Also, if a country like Germany decides it will not come, then would it play qualifiers?  Qualifiers reduce overall costs by keeping the number of participants down, but do nothing to help the teams that are coming (and by adding in qualifying games, may make it more expensive).

 

When the number of teams attending would be impractically large if everyone who wanted to come did, then you hold qualifiers, and if we got to that point, that would be great.  It would nean so many possible participants that the tournament was to big,  It is not a cost saving measure to participants and shouldnt be mooted on that basis.  It is a cost saving measure for organisers, but that should be low on the list of priorities at this point.

23 teams set for IC14, AFL 9s scrapped
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, March 01 2014 @ 06:30 am ACDT

All good points Jarren.  Qualifiers should be used if the IC is being used as a showcase event aiming at paying spectators etc and you want only the very best competing, but that's not what the IC is about.

As stated by others, go to 4 yearly and have local championships in-between.

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