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

Men’s Competition

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. 

Women’s Competition

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:

DATE EVENT
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

 

For more details please visit the AFL Community Club website »