AFL Statement - 2021 AFL International Cup Cancellation

Due to the uncertainty around international travel and the financial impacts from this season, the AFL has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 AFL International Cup.

The event, which was to be held on the Sunshine Coast, was initially postponed from this year to July/August 2021.

However, after significant consideration and consultation with AFL International affiliates, the forecasted restrictions on international travel, the uncertainty around team availability and the impacts on the AFL this season have resulted in this decision being made.

Where possible, the AFL will work closely with AFL International affiliates to deliver AFL tournaments overseas throughout 2021 to continue providing opportunities for players to represent their country.

AFL General Manager Game Development Andrew Dillon said it was important a decision was made early to ensure enough notice is given to international teams, venues and key stakeholders.

“This decision was not made lightly and we are disappointed that we are unable to welcome international teams to the Sunshine Coast in 2021,” Mr Dillon said.

“Given the uncertainty around international travel for teams and the likelihood of quarantine requirements, we are unable to move forward with confidence for this event next year”.

“We would like to thank our strategic partners in the Sunshine Coast Council and Tourism and Events Queensland for their understanding and support at this time”.

“This international event remains an important part of developing the game overseas, and as such we will continue to review the ability to stage this tournament on the Sunshine Coast in 2022 or 2023”.

The AFL International Cup includes men’s and women’s teams from North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.