2014 AFL International Cup
Melbourne, Australia
Saturday August 9 to Saturday August 23 2014

The AFL is pleased to announce the 2014 AFL International Cup will be held in Melbourne from Saturday August 9 to Saturday August 23 2014. 

The fifth International Cup carnival will include at two AFL curtain-raiser matches, matches played at AFL and VFL venues, a men’s and women’s competition, a standalone AFL 9s fixture and matches linked with community football leagues.

AFL International Development Manager Tony Woods said the aim was to make IC14 the biggest International Cup to date. 

“We are committed to building on the success of IC11 and we believe we can once again deliver a great experience for all participating nations by hosting this event in the AFL's heartland. 

“By basing the carnival in Melbourne we are able to engage with the broader football community including the AFL, VFL and suburban leagues. 

“We look forward to welcoming countries from Oceania, North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. While the countries have various playing standards and local development programs, the common denominator is all the participants share our love of playing our great game,” he said. 

“It’s quite magical to witness firsthand the cultural and language interpretation and expression of AFL as it is developed and nurtured in the arms of communities all over the world.”

The AFL International Cup concept grew organically on the passion of committed individuals from both Australia and abroad on the back of a number of successful smaller carnivals with international participation.

The AFL International Cup is held every 3 years and is a celebration of AFL football on a global scale.  It is a unique and special event on the football calendar where people across the world come together to participate in the spirit of our game.

The key feature is that no expatriate Australians are eligible to play. Teams comprise solely of players who must be nationals of the country they represent.

BRIEF HISTORY
  • 2002 marked the beginning of the International Cup concept when 11 teams competed
    • Champions – Ireland.
  • 2005 saw 10 teams compete and the introduction of a ‘community round’ within the competition with games played in Wangaratta.
    • Champions - NZ.
  • The 2008 International Cup saw 16 competing teams and 3 cultural teams.  
    • Champions – PNG.
  • In 2011 the IC grew to incorporate 23 teams. 18 men's teams across 2 divisions and 5 women’s teams.  Matches were played in both Sydney & Melbourne. Full details available at www.IC11.com.au    
    • Champions – Ireland.
    • Women’s Champions – Ireland.
    • Division 2 winner- Fiji.

An Australian Football tournament being played by players from around the world is a true highlight on the AFL’s calendar, and as we continue to develop the IC and the game internationally greater opportunities exist for players to succeed at much higher levels.

We look forward to great event in 2014.

IC14 Format

Men’s 

IC14 will be run across two divisions. 

Round 1 will again be a seeding round, with teams playing shortened matches in a round robin format vying for a place in Division One. 

Two divisions provide the platform for an improved and more equal competition.

Women’s 

We will again hold a female competition with one division. After the success of the inaugural women’s tournament in 2011, we are aiming to build an even bigger tournament to showcase the talent of female footballers. 

AFL 9’s 

This is an exciting and new evolution to the AFL International Cup with an objective of providing an entry level opportunity for a greater number of countries and teams to be involved.

Date

Event

Fri 8 Aug

Team Managers Meeting

TBC

Media Call – Team Captains

Saturday Aug 9

IC14 Launch

Sunday Aug 10

Round 1 (Seeding Round Men only)

Monday Aug 11

 

Tuesday Aug 12

Men’s and Women’s matches

Wednesday Aug 13

 

Thursday Aug 14

Men’s and Women’s matches

Friday Aug 15

AFL 9’s

Sat Aug 16

Men’s and Women’s matches

AFL 9’s

Sunday Aug 17

AFL game & curtain raiser (TBC)

Monday Aug 18

 

Tuesday Aug 19

Semi Finals & AFL 9’s

Wednesday Aug 20

International Development Forum

Thursday Aug 21

 

Friday Aug 22

Finals Round  & AFL 9’s Finals

Friday Aug 22

International Cup Gala Function

Saturday Aug 23

AFL IC14 Grand Final

Saturday Aug 23

Parade of Nations

Saturday Aug 23

Tournament Close

  

 

Candian born Mike Pyke is a Sydney Swans Premiership player 

PNG player and current Richmond FC International Scholarship holder - Gideon Simon

Images from AFL International Cup 2011

 

 

 

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