Australian Football International Cup

Australian Football International Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2017 AFL International Cup
Sport Australian rules football
Inaugural season 2002
No. of teams 2017: 18 men's & 8 women's
Country Host: Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
Men's:
Papua New Guinea (3rd title)
Women's:
Ireland (2nd title)
Most titles Men's:
Papua New Guinea (3 titles)
Women's:
Ireland (2 titles)
TV partner(s) YouTube[1]
Official website afl.com.au/internationalcup

The Australian Football International Cup (also known as the AFL International Cup) is an international sport competition in Australian rules football contested by amateur players only. It is currently co-ordinated by the Australian Football League's game development arm and run every 3 years since 2002.

The tournament is the largest international Australian rules football event and the only one that is open to worldwide senior competition; although Australia, the home and world's strongest nation in the game, does not participate as it would most likely dominate the competition.

The inaugural tournament was the 2002 Australian Football International Cup run by the International Australian Football Council under the auspices of the Australian Football League, which then assumed full control with the winding up of the IAFC.

The Cup was originally for male participants only, but in 2011 a women's competition was established.[2] After some suggestions the tournament would be run every 4 years, the AFL is currently maintaining the 3-year cycle.

The grand final of each men's tournament has been held as a curtain raiser to a home-and-away match of the AFL premiership season.

Australia is not represented in the men's tournament; as the only nation where the sport is played professionally, the difference in skill level between an Australian national team and the nearest competitor is currently far too large for any contest to be worthwhile. As such, the tournament is geared towards development of the sport outside Australia and expatriate Australians may not compete, with the exception of the women's OzIM team, where only indigenous and multicultural Australians are able to enter.

Currently there are efforts to help raise the event's profile by broadcasting the 2017 International Cup on SBS, an organisation devoted to multicultural, multi-lingual entertainment. Grant Williams[3]

History

When the International Australian Football Council was formed in 1995 one of its aims was to 'establish and promote an official World Cup of Australian Football'. At the time it was thought that 2008, being the 150th anniversary of the game, was the appropriate date.

However, in 1999 a proposal was received from the New Zealand Australian Football League (NZAFL), suggesting that the World Cup be brought forward to 2002. This was accepted by the council and, following visits to many countries, IAFC public relations officer Brian Clarke drafted a discussion paper and draft regulations for circulation to the various national bodies.

An approach was then made to the AFL, asking for their support in staging the event. The AFL agreed on the basis that the event was renamed the "International Cup". An organising committee, chaired by Ed Biggs and including AFL and IAFC representatives, was then appointed.

The inaugural competition was held between 14 August and 23 August 2002 (in conjunction with the International Australian Football Council), with 11 countries competing including Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Ireland defeated Papua New Guinea in the final.

The second cup was held between 3 August and 13 August 2005 in Australia. Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States competed. Denmark and Nauru competed in 2002 but withdrew from the 2005 tournament for financial reasons. Papua New Guinea were again runners up, this time defeated by New Zealand by 7.8 (50) to 5.2 (32).

The third cup was held in August and September 2008. Sixteen nations competed; all teams from the 2002 competition returned, joined by debutants China, India, Sweden, Finland and the Peres Peace Team (Israel-Palestine).[4] Tonga competed as a seventeenth team, but as they were unable to commit to the full draw they played a series of matches against Team Asia and Team Africa, sides drawn from Melbourne's migrant communities.

The fourth tournament, the 2011 Australian Football International Cup was held in Melbourne and Sydney[5] in August 2011 with 18 nations competing,[6] and a Women's International Cup will be competed for alongside the men's competition for the first time.[7][2]

Men's International Cup

Grand final & third place playoff results

Year Host Grand Final match Third Place Playoff match Number of teams
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
2002
Details
Melbourne[11]
Ireland
[12]
7.9 (51) - 2.7 (19)
Papua New Guinea

New Zealand
3.7 (25) - 2.4 (16)
Denmark
11
2005
Details
Melbourne, Wangaratta[13]
New Zealand
[14]
7.8 (50) - 5.2 (32)
Papua New Guinea

United States
10.5 (65) - 4.6 (30)
Ireland
10
2008
Details
Melbourne, Warrnambool[15]
Papua New Guinea
[16]
7.12 (54) - 7.4 (46)
New Zealand

South Africa
4.9 (33) - 5.2 (32)
Ireland
16
2011
Details
Melbourne, Sydney[5]
Ireland
[17]
8.5 (53) - 5.5 (35)
Papua New Guinea

New Zealand
12.4 (76) - 6.5 (41)
United States
18
2014
Details
Melbourne
Papua New Guinea
6.9 (45) - 6.6 (42)
Ireland

New Zealand
6.8 (44) - 6.7 (43)
South Africa
18
2017
Details
Melbourne
Papua New Guinea
4.5 (29) - 4.4 (28)
New Zealand

Ireland
7.6 (48) - 2.4 (16)
United States
18

Overall tournament results

Pos Nation P W L D PF PA % PTS %W %L %D
1 New Zealand 3328502536711356.6811284.8515.150
2 Papua New Guinea 3227502404852282.1610884.3815.620
3 Ireland 3326701840810227.1610078.7921.210
4 United States 332112020101050191.438463.6436.360
5 Nauru 261610016711056158.246461.5438.460
6 South Africa 32161601372150391.286450500
7 Canada 331518013321043127.716045.4554.550
8 Great Britain 32141801219133491.385643.7556.250
9 Japan 32111901001180655.434434.3865.620
10 Samoa 17980783652120.093652.9447.060
11 China 218130490148832.933238.161.90
12 Fiji 16790899538167.102843.7556.250
13 Denmark 1679069972896.022843.7556.250
14 Tonga 11650697450154.892454.5545.450
15 Sweden 166100448108641.252437.562.50
16 France 16511058996261.232031.2568.750
17 Croatia 541033472463.891680200
18 Israel-Palestinian territories 1147034474446.241636.3663.640
19 Germany 5320230143160.841260400
20 Pakistan 1037025965139.781230700
21 Indonesia 1037027485432.081230700
22 Sri Lanka 523015322767.40840600
23 Finland 1028014878618.83820800
24 India 211200279183115.2444.7695.240
25 Timor-Leste 606010752920.23001000
26 Spain 60605839114.83001000
^ Table includes finals and has been adjusted to reflect this.

Overall tournament placings

Pos Nation  Gold  Silver  Bronze Fourth
1st  Papua New Guinea 3 (2008, 2014, 2017) 3 (2002, 2005, 2011)
2nd  Ireland 2 (2002, 2011) 1 (2014) 1 (2017) 2 (2005, 2008)
3rd  New Zealand 1 (2005) 2 (2008, 2017) 3 (2002, 2011, 2014)
4th  United States 1 (2005) 2 (2011, 2017)
5th  South Africa 1 (2008) 1 (2014)
6th  Denmark 1 (2002)

Women's International Cup

Grand final & third place playoff results

Year Host Grand Final match Third Place Playoff match Number of teams
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
2011
Details
Melbourne, Sydney
Ireland
5.9 (39) - 1.2 (8)
Canada

Northern Lights

United States

Freedom
4.3 (27) - 1.2 (8)
Papua New Guinea
5
2014
Details
Melbourne
Canada

Northern Lights
5.8 (38) - 2.0 (12)
Ireland

United States

Freedom
6.8 (44) - 6.7 (43)
Canada

Midnight Suns
7
2017
Details
Melbourne
Ireland
4.1 (25) - 3.3 (21)
Canada

Northern Lights

Great Britain
5.2 (32) - 4.1 (25)
United States

Freedom
8

Overall tournament results

Pos Nation P W L D PF PA % PTS %W %L %D
1 Ireland 151410800163490.795693.336.660
2 Canada - Northern Lights 151230838177473.444880200
3 United States - Freedom 15960659285231.223660400
4 Papua New Guinea 10460343290118.271640600
5 Fiji 1046030230698.691640600
6 Great Britain 5320225106212.261260400
7 Canada - Midnight Suns 52308728130.96840600
8 European Crusaders (see European Crusaders) 51406533619.34420800
9 Tonga 50503231210.25001000
10 United States - Liberty 4040222777.94001000
11 Australia 4040202886.94001000
12 Pakistan 505067360.81001000
^ Table includes finals and has been adjusted to reflect this.

Overall tournament placings

Pos Nation  Gold  Silver  Bronze Fourth
1st Ireland 2 (2011, 2017) 1 (2014)
2nd Canada - Northern Lights 1 (2014) 2 (2011, 2017)
3rd United States - Freedom 2 (2011, 2014) 1 (2017)
4th Great Britain 1 (2017)
5th Papua New Guinea 1 (2011)
Canada - Midnight Suns 1 (2014)

See also

References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVNIihETzsAGXnyN0pnJHDA AFL International Cup (Live and on-demand coverage from the 2017 AFL International Cup held in Melbourne, Australia.)
  2. 1 2 "About AFL International Cup". Australian Football League. Retrieved 25 May 2012. In addition, 2011 sees the introduction of a women's tournament with five competing countries: Canada, PNG, Ireland, USA and a combined Indigenous/Multicultural team from Australia.
  3. http://www.afl.com.au/internationalcup ABOUT THE 2017 AFL INTERNATIONAL CUP
  4. "AFL International Cup History". Australian Football League. Retrieved 25 May 2012. The third International Cup hosted Papua New Guinea, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Nauru, Samoa, South Africa, Sweden, United States and an unprecedented Peres Peace Team combining Israeli and Palestinian players.
  5. 1 2 Thompson, Troy (2 December 2010). "IC11 dates and locations confirmed". World Footy News. Retrieved 25 May 2012. The AFL have now stated that Melbourne and Sydney are locked in, but there will be no Queensland matches.
  6. "About AFL International Cup". Australian Football League. Retrieved 25 May 2012. This year, 18 men's teams will compete for the title with Tonga, France Fiji and Timor-Leste (East Timor) all joining for the first time.
  7. "Women's Teams". Aussie Rules International. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 2011 sees the inaugural Women's International Cup in Australian Football.
  8. http://www.aflnz.co.nz
  9. http://www.worldfootynews.com/index.php?topic=IC2005 2005 withdraws
  10. http://www.worldfootynews.com/article.php/20080519131052904 2008 possible teams
  11. Northey, Brett (16 November 2004). "International Cup 2002 in Review". World Footy News. Retrieved 25 May 2012. It has been two years since the inaugural International Cup, held in Melbourne.
  12. Northey, Brett (16 November 2004). "International Cup 2002 in Review". World Footy News. Retrieved 25 May 2012. In a tough contest, the Green Machine, as they were dubbed by the Australian media, shut down the Papuans. There are numerous opinions on how the Irish came to defeat such a fancied opponent.
  13. Northey, Brett (23 April 2005). "International Cup venues released". World Footy News. Retrieved 25 May 2012. As reported earlier, the grand final is to be played at the MCG, and the series also includes a round of matches at a country venue, Wangaratta, about northeast of Melbourne.
  14. Richard, Aaron (13 August 2005). "New Zealand take the Cup". World Footy News. Retrieved 25 May 2012. New Zealand held off Papua New Guinea to win the 2005 Australian Football International Cup this evening, running out 7.8.50 to 5.2.32 winners.
  15. Nugent, Ash (27 November 2007). "Warrnambool to co-host 2008 International Cup". World Footy News. Retrieved 25 May 2012. The AFL today announced that Warrnambool will join Melbourne as the host of the 2008 International Cup.
  16. Northey, Brett (6 September 2008). "Mozzies at last in MCG thriller". World Footy News. Retrieved 25 May 2012. Papua New Guinea's Mosquitoes have finally broken through to win the International Cup at the MCG after twice being runners-up. It was magnificent come from behind win against quality opposition, the New Zealand Falcons, in a high quality match.
  17. Richard, Aaron (27 August 2011). "IC11 Men's Div 1 Grand Final - Ireland's Double Glory". World Footy News. Retrieved 25 May 2012. Ireland have come back from a 28-point deficit midway through the second term to defeat the PNG Mosquitoes by 18 points today, in a match that saw the Warriors become the first nation to win two International Cups, as well as the first nation to win the Men's and Women's International Cups in the same year.
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