International Cup Postponed, Update on USAFL Season

The Australian Football League has advised that the AFL International Cup, originally scheduled for July 21-August 8 in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, has been postponed until 2021 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The 2020 AFL International Cup will be postponed as a result of COVID-19, with the event to be re-scheduled for July / August 2021," said the league in a statement. "We are working with Tourism Events Queensland and the Sunshine Coast Council to host the event on the Sunshine Coast in 2021 and we will share updates, including location and dates, with you in due course.

"Please understand that this decision has not been made lightly and that the AFL’s number one priority in postponing the AFL International Cup is the health and safety of the players, coaches and officials of all teams."

In addition, the following statement has been sent to the clubs regarding the 2020 USAFL season from league president Seb Aguiari:

"With global attention on the COVID-19 outbreak, each day brings more uncertainty for businesses and our communities. Our team is closely monitoring developments on the outbreak and are recommending appropriate steps — consistent with CDC and WHO recommendations — to help support the ongoing health and safety of our members.

"I know that first and foremost on your mind is making sure you are taking the appropriate precautions to care for yourself, your family, and others around you, especially the ones most vulnerable.

"No doubt, you are also focused on taking care of your Club and members during this time. I recommend you follow the instructions and directions of your local health authorities. This is beyond Footy at this time and we must respect the efforts to contain the spread.

"We will address Contingency plans, NEP’s, timelines and possible cancellation of events on Thu March 19. We will continue to communicate with the Club’s Presidents."

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