The 2014 International Cup Rankings have been finalised following two weeks of gruelling competition
12:17pm Aug 25, 2014
Papua New Guinea beats Ireland in a thriller to win the International Cup
7:43pm Aug 23, 2014
Papua New Guinea has defeated Ireland to be crowned International Cup champions
7:13pm Aug 23, 2014
Canada Northern Lights have ousted Ireland to win the International Cup Women's title
4:32pm Aug 23, 2014
International Cup glory will be on the line today
10:14am Aug 23, 2014
More than half the World Team nominees from Ireland and Canada
9:34pm Aug 22, 2014
|Official Launch, Parade of Nations & AFL match||Federation Square Melbourne & MCG, 1pm|
|Round 1 Matches||Royal Park|
|Round 2 Matches||Royal Park|
|Round 3 - Community Round Matches||Various venues - refer to fixture|
|AFL Match visit||MCG (Melb v GWS), 3:20pm|
|Round 4 Matches||Royal Park|
|Finals Round Matches||Royal Park|
|Official International Cup Gala Dinner||Crown Casino, Melbourne, 7pm|
|AFL IC Women's Grand Final||Punt Road Oval, 2:10pm|
|AFL IC14 Grand Final||MCG, 4:50pm|
|AFL 9's at Half time of Hawthorn V Geelong||MCG (Half time of Haw v Geel)|
ABOUT THE 2014 AFL INTERNATIONAL CUP
Saturday August 9 to Saturday August 23 2014
The 2014 International Cup will be played in Melbourne from August 9 to 23. There will be 18 men’s and seven women’s teams competing.
Men’s teams: Canada, China, Fiji, Finland, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Great Britain, India, Japan, Nauru, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Sweden, Tonga, USA.
New teams for IC14: Finland, Indonesia and Pakistan.
Women’s teams: Canada – Northern Lights, Canada – Midnight Suns, Ireland, Fiji, Tonga, USA – Freedom, USA – Liberty.
The majority of matches will be played at Royal Park in Parkville and for the first time a community round will be played as curtain-raisers to suburban, amateur and country matches.
The women’s grand final will be played at Punt Road Oval and the men’s grand final will be the curtain-raiser to the Round 22 AFL match between Hawthorn and the Geelong Cats at the MCG.
The men’s fixture is divided into three pools. Each team will play three pool matches and will then be ranked from one to 18. Teams will then be split into three groups for finals; top four, Division One and Division Two.
2014 International Cup fixture **
Saturday Aug 9 Official Launch at Federation Square & Parade of Nations at the MCG
Sunday Aug 10 Round One matches – Royal Park
Wednesday Aug 13 Round Two matches – Royal Park
Saturday Aug 16 Round Three matches – Community Round
Tuesday Aug 19 Round Finals & Division matches – Royal Park
Friday Aug 22 Third place play off & Division matches – Royal Park
Saturday Aug 23 Women’s Grand Final – Punt Road Oval, Richmond
Men’s Grand Final – MCG
** Fixtures are subject change.
AFL Head of Development Grant Williams said the International Cup celebrates the passion those outside of Australia have for the game.
“There are 100,000 international participants throughout the world who share our love of Australian football,” he said.
“IC14 will bring together the best 900 players from 18 countries. I look forward to the colour and excitement that the carnival will bring.”
Expatriate Australians are ineligible to play in the International Cup. Teams are comprised solely of amateurs who must be nationals of the country they represent. All players must have lived the majority of the years aged between 10 and 16 as a citizen of their nation.
The International Cup is played every three years. Previous International Cup winners are; Ireland (2002 & 2011), New Zealand (2005) and Papua New Guinea (2008).
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.