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2020 AFL International Cup update
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Thursday, August 29 2019 @ 08:24 am ACST

It is a response to feedback from competing nations at the previous IC's and most involved in running these teams are all about development of the competitions at home even if this applies to them. This will not affect many teams. Also the ability for players to do this in Australia is not an even opportunity across the world with cost due to distance, available visas and relative wealth all influencing the numbers all able to do this.

AFL looking to provide a balance and still allow a certain number to be in Australia, but still make sure that the opportunities are there for those playing in their home nation.

I have previously suggested that playing a prescribed number of matches in your home nation in the period since the previous IC might be a qualification requirement. But no uptake on that idea so far.

2020 AFL International Cup update
Authored by: Cam Homes on Friday, August 30 2019 @ 11:45 am ACST

I suspect the change has been brought about because at the last couple of IC's there were a couple of teams that were almost all made up of players that had been living and playing in Aussie prior to the IC.

It is my understanding that at IC14 almost all the men's Pakistan team were this type of player. (Had trouble with visa's and/or raising funds for travelling players I think). I think also that at IC17 a pretty fair %age of the men's Shaheens were still Aussie based. Please correct me if I'm wrong here.
Also at IC17 approx half of the Sri Lankan team were Aussie based I believe. (Don't have a huge problem with that if it helps promote/develop Aussie Rules back in the home country when making IC Debut. Shouldn't let it continue tho' I reckon).

My worry is probably more about the proposed restriction of number of countries competing to 16. There have been 18 countries compete at the last 3 IC's, so there seems to be a problem saying to at least two potential contestants you can't come, and there not being an alternative "International" forum/competition for those countries to partake in.

Is it really a good idea to shut the gate on the potential participation from the likes of SE Asia-Indo China, (didn't quite make it last time) South America (Columbia/Chile team; almost have the numbers I believe, with a few Aussie based included), and South Pacific-Vanuatu/Solomon Islands (problem raising the funds to compete last time), Without alternative International options we should be encouraging and assisting more countries to compete at the IC not turning them away.

Just hope this idea is not followed thru.

Do I have any supporter's here?

2020 AFL International Cup update
Authored by: Harley Vague on Friday, August 30 2019 @ 05:34 pm ACST

I don't get it at all. I don't see why countries should be penalised for their players wanting to improve themselves as long as they play enough qulaifying games at home. (Forget pakistan that's a political furphy)
I don't get it at all to limit the number of teams. There are two options IMO.
1. A quality competition - which requires quality promotion, quality facilities and a stand-alone fixture. e.g. pre-finals bye.The problem is the gap in standard to attract AFL fan types to attend and of course the expenditure.Also, how do teams qualify and how do we not discriminate against fast-improving team ?. How do women's teams fit into all of this ?
2. As many countries as possible. With a multi-divisional stricture, men and women, new teams and new developments, I don't see the reason to change the formulae except to improve the overall product and fine tune costs etc.