Australian Football International Cup

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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
CountryHost: Flag of Australia.svg Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
Men's:
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea (3rd title)
Women's:
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (2nd title)
Most titlesMen's:
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea (3 titles)
Women's:
Flag of Ireland.svg 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.

Australian rules football Contact sport invented in Melbourne

Australian rules football, officially known as Australian football, or simply called Aussie rules, football or footy, is a contact sport played between two teams of eighteen players on an oval-shaped field, often a modified cricket ground. Points are scored by kicking the oval-shaped ball between goal posts or between behind posts.

Australian Football League Australian rules football competition

The Australian Football League (AFL) is the pre-eminent professional competition of Australian rules football in Australia. Through the AFL Commission, the AFL also serves as the sport's governing body, and is responsible for controlling the laws of the game. The league was founded as the Victorian Football League (VFL) as a breakaway from the previous Victorian Football Association (VFA), with its inaugural season commencing in 1897. Originally comprising only teams based in the Australian state of Victoria, the competition's name was changed to the Australian Football League for the 1990 season, after expanding to other states throughout the 1980s.

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The tournament is the largest international Australian rules football event and the only one that is open to worldwide senior competition, but 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 2002 Australian Football International Cup was the inaugural international Australian rules football tournament held in Melbourne, Australia in 2002.

The International Australian Football Council (IAFC) was a body established in 1995 to govern the sport of Australian rules football internationally. It was established by a small number of amateur football bodies.

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.

Grand final final match of a championship which determines the ultimate winner

A grand final is a game that decides a sports league's championship winning team, i.e. the conclusive game of a finals series. Synonymous with a championship game in North American sports, grand finals have become a significant part of Australian culture. The earliest competitions to feature a grand final were Australia's AFL and NRL. They influenced other competitions such as soccer's A-League, the National Basketball League, netball's Suncorp Super Netball and European rugby league's Super League to adopt grand finals as well. Most grand finals involve a prestigious award for the player voted best on field.

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

Australian rules football in Australia

Australian rules football originated in Melbourne in 1858. It has been played continuously in every state and territory of Australia since 1915, and is particularly popular in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory where it is the most watched and most played sport.

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

Ireland has won the tournament in 2002 and 2011. Ireland national afl team.jpg
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.

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

YearHostGrand Final matchThird Place Playoff matchNumber of teams
WinnerScoreRunner-up3rd placeScore4th place
2002
Details
Melbourne [11] Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
[12]
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 [13] Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
[14]
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 [15] Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Papua New Guinea
[16]
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 [5] Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
[17]
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
2014
Details
Melbourne Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Papua New Guinea
6.9 (45) - 6.6 (42)Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
6.8 (44) - 6.7 (43)Flag of South Africa.svg
South Africa
18
2017
Details
Melbourne Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Papua New Guinea
4.5 (29) - 4.4 (28)Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
7.6 (48) - 2.4 (16)Flag of the United States.svg
United States
18

Overall tournament results

PosNationPWLDPFPA%PTS%W
1Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 3328502536711356.6811284.85
2Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 3227502404852282.1610884.38
3Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 3326701840810227.1610078.79
4Flag of the United States.svg  United States 332112020101050191.438463.64
5Flag of Nauru.svg  Nauru 261610016711056158.246461.54
6Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 32161601372150391.286450
7Flag of Canada.svg  Canada 331518013321043127.716045.45
8Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 32141801219133491.385643.75
9Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 32112101001180655.434434.38
10Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 17980783652120.093652.94
11Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 218130490148832.933238.10
12Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 16790899538167.102843.75
13Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1679069972896.022843.75
14Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 11650697450154.892454.55
15Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 166100448108641.252437.5
16Flag of France.svg  France 16511058996261.232031.25
17Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 541033472463.891680
18 Flag of Israel.svg Flag of Palestine.svg Israel-Palestinian territories 1147034474446.241636.36
19Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 5320230143160.841260
20Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 1037025965139.781230
21Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia 1037027485432.081230
22Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 523015322767.40840
23Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1028014878618.83820
24Flag of India.svg  India 211200279183115.2444.76
25Flag of East Timor.svg  Timor-Leste 606010752920.2300
26Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 60605839114.8300
^ Table includes finals and has been adjusted to reflect this.

Overall tournament placings

PosNationGold medal icon.svg GoldSilver medal icon.svg SilverBronze medal icon.svg BronzeFourth
1stFlag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 3 (2008, 2014, 2017)3 (2002, 2005, 2011)
2ndFlag of Ireland.svg  Ireland 2 (2002, 2011)1 (2014)1 (2017)2 (2005, 2008)
3rdFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1 (2005)2 (2008, 2017)3 (2002, 2011, 2014)
4thFlag of the United States.svg  United States 1 (2005)2 (2011, 2017)
5thFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1 (2008)1 (2014)
6thFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1 (2002)

Women's International Cup

Grand final & third place playoff results

YearHostGrand Final matchThird Place Playoff matchNumber of teams
WinnerScoreRunner-up3rd placeScore4th place
2011
Details
Melbourne, Sydney Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
5.9 (39) - 1.2 (8)Flag of Canada.svg
Canada

Northern Lights
Flag of the United States.svg
United States

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

Northern Lights
5.8 (38) - 2.0 (12)Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
Flag of the United States.svg
United States

Freedom
6.8 (44) - 6.7 (43)Flag of Canada.svg
Canada

Midnight Suns
7
2017
Details
Melbourne Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
4.1 (25) - 3.3 (21)Flag of Canada.svg
Canada

Northern Lights
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Great Britain
5.2 (32) - 4.1 (25)Flag of the United States.svg
United States

Freedom
8

Overall tournament results

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

Overall tournament placings

PosNationGold medal icon.svg GoldSilver medal icon.svg SilverBronze medal icon.svg BronzeFourth
1st Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 2 (2011, 2017)1 (2014)
2nd Flag of Canada.svg Canada - Northern Lights 1 (2014)2 (2011, 2017)
3rd Flag of the United States.svg United States - Freedom 2 (2011, 2014)1 (2017)
4th Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 1 (2017)
5th Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea 1 (2011)
Flag of Canada.svg Canada - Midnight Suns 1 (2014)

See also

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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.
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  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.
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  10. http://www.worldfootynews.com/article.php/20080519131052904 2008 possible teams
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  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.
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  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.