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AFL International Cup 2014
The 2014 AFL International Cup is set for August 9-23 in Melbourne, Australia.
The International Cup Overview
- 2002 marked the beginning of the International Cup concept when 11 mens teams competed. Champions – Ireland.
- 2005 saw 10 mens teams compete and the introduction of a ‘community round’ within the competition with games played in Wangaratta. Champions - NZ.
- The 2008 International Cup saw 16 competing teams and 3 cultural teams. Champions – PNG.
- In 2011 the IC grew to incorporate 23 teams. 18 men's teams across 2 divisions and 5 women’s teams. Matches were played in both Sydney & Melbourne. Full details available at www.IC11.com.au. Men's Champions – Ireland; Women’s Champions – Ireland; Men's Division 2 winner – Fiji.
2014 Competition Format
IC14 will be run across two divisions, with the number of teams in each division to be determined. The AFL is targeting 18 men’s teams.
Round 1 will again be a seeding round, with teams playing shortened matches in a round robin format. The feedback received in relation to the seeding round in 2011 was extremely positive. It is designed to deliver a more equitable performance based entry into each division while providing the opportunity for all teams to qualify for Division One and the chance to play on the MCG or Etihad Stadium.
Two divisions provide the platform for an improved and more equal competition. Once the seeding round has been completed teams will split into the two divisions and then be notified of the remainder of their draw as per IC11.
Men will play a seeding round, plus 4 full games.
We will again hold a female competition with one division. After the success of the inaugural women’s tournament in 2011, we are aiming to build an even bigger tournament to showcase the talent of female footballers. 8 countries have niominated teams and the number of games and draw format will be determined following confirmation of attendance.
The 2 week tournament outline is as follows:
|Sat, Aug 9||IC14 Launch Event - Federation Square, Melbourne|
|Sun, Aug 10||Round 1 (Seeding Round, men only)|
|Tue, Aug 12||Men's & Women's matches|
|Thu, Aug 14||Men's & Women's matches|
|Sat, Aug 16||Men's & Women's matches at local community club venues|
|Sun, Aug 17||AFL Game & Curtain Raiser (TBC)|
|Tue, Aug 19||Semi Finals|
|Wed, Aug 20||International Development Forum|
|Fri, Aug 22||Finals Round, Gala Function|
|Sat, Aug 23||AFL IC14 Grand Final, Parade of Nations, Tournament Close|