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 (converted).svg Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea (men)
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (women)
Most titles Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea
(men; 3 titles)
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland (women; 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, currently contested by amateur players only. It is currently co-ordinated by the Australian Football League's game development arm and has been run every three years since 2002.

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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, except for Australia in the men's tournament: since Australia 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 be 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, which is composed of indigenous and multicultural Australians.

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 four years, the AFL is currently maintaining the three-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.

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. [3]

History

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

The 2020 International Cup, scheduled for 21 July – 8 August in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, was postponed until 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [8]

Men's International Cup

NationMoniker 2002 (11) 2005 (10) 2008 (16) 2011 (18) 2014 (18) 2017 (18)
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Northwind 9th7th6th10th5th7th
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China Dragons --15th17th16th13th
Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia Knights -----11th
Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark Vikings 4thW/D11th8th--
Flag of Fiji.svg Fiji Tribe ---13th10th8th
Flag of Finland.svg Finland Icebreakers --14th-15th-
Flag of France.svg France Les Coqs ---14th11th10th
Flag of Germany.svg Germany Eagles -----12th
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Bulldogs 6th6th9th7th9th6th
Flag of India.svg India Bombers --18th18th18th18th
Flag of Indonesia.svg Indonesia Garudas ----17th16th
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Warriors 1st4th4th1st2nd3rd
Flag of Israel.svg Flag of Palestine.svg Israel-Palestinian territories Peres Team for Peace --13th15th--
Flag of Japan.svg Japan Samurais 10th9th8th12th14th14th
Flag of Nauru.svg Nauru Chiefs 8thW/D5th6th7th5th
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Hawks [9] 3rd1st2nd3rd3rd2nd
Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Dragoons----12th17th
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea Mosquitoes 2nd2nd1st2nd1st1st
Flag of Samoa.svg Samoa Kangaroos 7th5th10th---
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Lions 11th8th3rd5th4th9th
Flag of Spain.svg Spain Bulls -10th----
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka Lions -----15th
Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden Elks --12th11th13th-
Flag of East Timor.svg Timor-Leste Crocs ---18th--
Flag of Tonga.svg Tonga Tigers --W/D9th6th-
Flag of the United States.svg United States Revolution 5th3rd7th4th8th4th
"W/D" = Withdrew from the tournament without playing a match after officially committing to field a side that year. [10] [11]

Grand final & third place playoff results

YearHostGrand Final matchThird Place Playoff matchNumber of teams
WinnerScoreRunner-up3rd placeScore4th place
2002
Details
Melbourne [12] Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
[13]
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 [14] Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
[15]
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 [16] Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg
Papua New Guinea
[17]
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
[18]
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
2020
Details
Sunshine Coast PostponedPostponedPostponedPostponedPostponedPostponed

Overall tournament results

Sorted by winning percentage, with draws counted as half a win, half a loss, and percentage (points for/points against x 100).

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

Overall tournament placings

Pos NationGold 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

NationMoniker 2011 (5) 2014 (7) 2017 (8)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia Australia Indigenous & Multicultural team (OzIM) 5th--
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Midnight Suns -4th-
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Northern Lights 2nd1st2nd
Flag of Europe.svg Europe European Crusaders --7th
Flag of Fiji.svg Fiji Vonu -5th6th
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain Swans --3rd
Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland Banshees 1st2nd1st
Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Shaheens--8th
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea Flame 4th-5th
Flag of Tonga.svg Tonga Black Marlins -6th-
Flag of the United States.svg United States Freedom 3rd3rd4th
Flag of the United States.svg United States Liberty -7th-

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 (Pantone).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 (Pantone).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 (Pantone).svg
Canada

Midnight Suns
7
2017
Details
Melbourne Flag of Ireland.svg
Ireland
4.1 (25) - 3.3 (21)Flag of Canada (Pantone).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
2020
Details
Sunshine Coast PostponedPostponedPostponedPostponedPostponedPostponed

Overall tournament results

Sorted by winning percentage, with draws counted as half a win, half a loss, and percentage (points for/points against x 100).

Pos Nation P W L D PF PA  % PTS %W
1 Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland 151410800163490.795693.33
2 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada - Northern Lights 151230838177473.444880
3 Flag of the United States.svg United States - Freedom 15960659285231.223660
4 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 5320225106212.261260
5 Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea 10460343290118.271640
6 Flag of Fiji.svg Fiji 1046030230698.691640
7 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada - Midnight Suns 52308728130.96840
8 Flag of Europe.svg European Crusaders (see European Crusaders)51406533619.34420
9 Flag of Tonga.svg Tonga 50503231210.2500
10 Flag of the United States.svg United States - Liberty 4040222777.9400
11 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia 4040202886.9400
12 Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan 505067360.8100
^ Table includes finals and has been adjusted to reflect this.

Overall tournament placings

Pos NationGold 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 (Pantone).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 (Pantone).svg Canada - Midnight Suns 1 (2014)

Men's Division 2 Results

Since the 2011 Australian Football International Cup the Men's competition has been split into two Divisions, with the format differing from each past edition.

In addition the 2014 Division Two was not decide by finals by rather ladder positions.

Grand final & third place playoff results

YearHostGrand Final matchThird Place Playoff matchNumber of teams
WinnerScoreRunner-up3rd placeScore4th place
2011
Details
Melbourne, Sydney Flag of Fiji.svg
Fiji
9.8 (62) - 3.3 (21)Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Israel.svg Flag of Palestine.svg
Peres Team for Peace
7.15 (57) - 2.8 (20)Flag of India.svg
India
6
(of 18)
2014
Details
Melbourne Flag of Sweden.svg
Sweden
N/AFlag of Japan.svg
Japan
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
N/AFlag of Finland.svg
Finland
6
(of 18)
2017
Details
Melbourne Flag of Croatia.svg
Croatia
11.8 (74) - 1.2 (8)Flag of Germany.svg
Germany
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
China
4.8 (32) - 3.5 (23)Flag of Japan.svg
Japan
8
(of 18)

Overall tournament placings

Pos NationGold medal icon.svg GoldSilver medal icon.svg SilverBronze medal icon.svg BronzeFourth
1stFlag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 1 (2011)
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1 (2014)
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 1 (2017)
4thFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 1 (2014)1 (2017)
5thFlag of France.svg  France 1 (2011)
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1 (2017)
7thFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 2 (2014, 2017)
8th Flag of Israel.svg Flag of Palestine.svg Peres Team for Peace 1 (2011)
9thFlag of India.svg  India 1 (2011)
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 1 (2014)

See also

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