Australian Football International Cup

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Australian Football International Cup
Most recent season or competition:
2011 Australian Football International Cup
Sport Australian rules football
Inaugural season 2002
No. of teams 2002: 11; 2005: 10; 2008: 16; 2011: 18
Most recent champion(s) Republic of Ireland Ireland (2nd title)
Most titles Republic of Ireland Ireland (2 titles)
Official website [1]

The Australian Football International Cup (also known as the AFL International Cup) is an international sport competition in Australian rules football. 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. Melbourne has hosted both the 2002 and 2005 tournaments, along with some games in Geelong in 2002 and 2008, Wangaratta in 2005, Warrnambool in 2008, and Sydney in 2011.

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 most recent tournament, the 2011 Australian Football International Cup was held in Melbourne and Sydney[1] in August 2011 with 18 nations competing,[2] as well as five women's teams.[3] After some suggestions it would be run every 4 years, the AFL is currently maintaining the 3-year cycle.

The grand final of each 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.

History[edit]

Ireland has won the tournament in 2002 and 2011.

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.

Results[edit]

Year Host Final Third place match Number of teams
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
2002
Details
Melbourne[5] Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland[6]
7.9 (51) - 2.7 (19) Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Papua New Guinea
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
3.7 (25) - 2.4 (16) Flag of Denmark.svg
Denmark
11
2005
Details
Melbourne, Wangaratta[7] Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand[8]
7.8 (50) - 5.2 (32) Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Papua New Guinea
Flag of the United States.svg
United States
10.5 (65) - 4.6 (30) Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
10
2008
Details
Melbourne, Warrnambool[9] Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Papua New Guinea[10]
7.12 (54) - 7.4 (46) Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
4.9 (33) - 5.2 (32) Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
16
2011
Details
Melbourne, Sydney[1] Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland[11]
8.5 (53) - 5.5 (35) Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Papua New Guinea
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
12.4 (76) - 6.5 (41) Flag of the United States.svg
United States
18

Competing teams, nicknames, and placings[edit]

Flag Nation Rep team 2002 (11) 2005 (10) 2008 (16) 2011 (18)
Canada Canada Northwind 9th 7th 6th 10th
China China Red Demons - - 15th 17th
Denmark Denmark Vikings 4th - 11th 8th
East Timor East Timor Crocs - - - 18th
Fiji Fiji Tribe - - - 13th
Finland Finland Icebreakers - - 14th -
France France Coqs - - - 14th
India India Tigers - - 16th 16th
Republic of Ireland Ireland Warriors 1st 4th 4th 1st
IsraelState of Palestine Israel-Palestinian territories Peres Team for Peace - - 13th 15th
Japan Japan Samurais 10th 9th 8th 12th
Nauru Nauru Chiefs 8th - 5th 6th
New Zealand New Zealand Falcons 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Mosquitos 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd
Samoa Samoa Kangaroos 7th 5th 10th -
South Africa South Africa Lions 11th 8th 3rd 5th
Spain Spain Bulls - 10th -
Sweden Sweden Elks - - 12th 11th
Tonga Tonga Tigers - - - 9th
United Kingdom United Kingdom Bulldogs 6th 6th 9th 7th
United States United States Revolution 5th 3rd 7th 4th

Overall tournament rankings and statistics[edit]

Ranking Country #Played #Won  %Won #Lost  %Lost #Drawn  %Drawn
1 New Zealand New Zealand 23 20 87% 3 13% 0 0%
2 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 22 18 82% 4 18% 0 0%
3 Republic of Ireland Ireland 23 18 78% 5 22% 0 0%
4 United States United States 23 16 70% 7 30% 0 0%
5 Fiji Fiji 6 4 67% 2 33% 0 0%
6 Samoa Samoa 17 9 53% 8 47% 0 0%
7 Denmark Denmark 16 8 50% 8 50% 0 0%
7 France France 6 3 50% 3 50% 0 0%
7 Nauru Nauru 16 8 50% 8 50% 0 0%
7 South Africa South Africa 22 11 50% 11 50% 0 0%
11 United Kingdom United Kingdom 22 10 45% 12 55% 0 0%
12 Canada Canada 22 9 41% 13 59% 0 0%
13 IsraelState of Palestine Israel-Palestinian territories 11 4 36% 7 64% 0 0%
14 China China 11 3 27% 8 73% 0 0%
14 Japan Japan 22 6 27% 16 73% 0 0%
14 Sweden Sweden 11 3 27% 8 73% 0 0%
17 Finland Finland 5 1 20% 4 80% 0 0%
18 Tonga Tonga 6 1 17% 5 83% 0 0%
19 India India 11 1 9% 10 91% 0 0%
20 Spain Spain 5 0 0% 5 100% 0 0%
20 East Timor East Timor 6 0 0% 6 100% 0 0%

Placing rankings[edit]

Pos. Team  Gold  Silver  Bronze Fourth
1st Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 2 (2002, 2011) 2 (2005, 2008)
2nd Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea 1 (2008) 3 (2002, 2005, 2011)
3rd Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 1 (2005) 1 (2008) 2 (2002, 2011)
4th Flag of the United States.svg United States 1 (2005) 1 (2011)
5th Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 1 (2008)
6th Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark 1 (2002)

Women's International Cup[edit]

Beginning in 2011, a Women's International Cup will be competed for alongside the men's competition.[12] Teams competing in the women's division include:

Flag Nation Rep team 2011 (5)
Australia Australia OzIM 5th[13]
Canada Canada Northern Lights 2nd[14]
Republic of Ireland Ireland Banshees 1st[15]
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Flame 4th[16]
United States United States Freedom 3rd[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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." 
  2. ^ "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." 
  3. ^ "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." 
  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. ^ 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." 
  6. ^ 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." 
  7. ^ 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 235 km northeast of Melbourne." 
  8. ^ 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." 
  9. ^ 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." 
  10. ^ 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." 
  11. ^ 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." 
  12. ^ "Women's Teams". Aussie Rules International. Retrieved 25 May 2012. "2011 sees the inaugural Women's International Cup in Australian Football." 
  13. ^ "IC11 Australian Women Squad". Australian Football League. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "IC11 Canadian Women's Squad". Australian Football League. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "IC11 Irish Women's Squad". Australian Football League. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "IC11 PNG Women's Squad". Australian Football League. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "IC11 USA Women's Squad". Australian Football League. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 

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