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The Australian Football International Cup (also known as the AFL International Cup) is an International sport competition in Australian rules football. It is currently co-ordinated by the Australian Football League's game development arm and run every 3 years since 2002.

The tournament is the largest international Australian rules football event and the only one that is open to worldwide senior competition, although Australia (the home and world's strongest nation in the game) does not participate (as it would most likely dominate the competition). Melbourne, Australiamarker has hosted both the 2002 and 2005 tournaments, along with some games in Wangarattamarker in 2005 and Geelongmarker in 2002. Matches in the 2008 tournament were played in Melbourne, Geelongmarker and Warrnamboolmarker.

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.

The most recent tournament, the 2008 Australian Football International Cup was held in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool in September 2008 with 16 nations competing. After 2008 the AFL intends to resume competition every 4 years.

The Grand Final of each tournament has been held as a curtain raiser to a home-and-away match of the AFL Premiership Season.

Australia is not represented in the tournament; as the only nation where the sport is played professionally, the difference in skill level between an Australian national team and the nearest competitor is currently far too large for any contest to be worthwhile. As such, the tournament is geared towards development of the sport outside Australia and expatriate Australians may not compete.

History of the Cup

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, 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 August 14 and August 23, 2002 (in conjunction with the International Australian Football Council), with 11 countries competing including Canadamarker, Great Britainmarker, Denmarkmarker, Irelandmarker, South Africa, Japanmarker, New Zealandmarker, Nauru, Papua New Guineamarker, Samoamarker and the United Statesmarker. Ireland defeated Papua New Guinea in the final.

The second Cup was held between August 3 and August 13, 2005 in Australia. Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Samoa, South Africa, Spainmarker 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). Tonga competed as a seventeenth team, 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.

Results

Year Host Final Third place match
Winner Score Runner-up 3rd place Score 4th place
2002
Details
Melbournemarker

Ireland
7.9 (51) - 2.7 (19)

Papua New Guinea


New Zealand
3.7 (25) - 2.4 (16)

Denmark
2005
Details
Melbournemarker, Wangarattamarker

New Zealand
7.8 (50) - 5.2 (32)

Papua New Guinea


United States
10.5 (65) - 4.6 (30)

Ireland
2008
Details
Melbournemarker, Warrnamboolmarker

Papua New Guinea
7.12 (54) - 7.4 (46)

New Zealand


South Africa
4.9 (33) - 5.2 (32)

Ireland


Competing Teams , Nicknames & Placings

Flag Nation Rep team 2002 (11) 2005 (10) 2008 (16)
Canadamarker Northwind 9th 7th 6th
Chinamarker Red Demons - - 15th
Denmarkmarker Vikings 4th - 11th
Finlandmarker Icebreakers - - 14th
Great Britainmarker Bulldogs 6th 6th 9th
Indiamarker Tigers - - 16th
Irelandmarker Warriors 1st 4th 4th
Israelmarker-Palestinian Territoriesmarker Peres Team for Peace - - 13th
Japanmarker Samurais 10th 9th 8th
New Zealandmarker Falcons 3rd 1st 2nd
Nauru Chiefs 8th - 5th
Papua New Guineamarker Mosquitos 2nd 2nd 1st
Samoamarker Kangaroos 7th 5th 10th
South Africa Lions 11th 8th 3rd
Spainmarker Bulls - 10th -
Swedenmarker Elks - - 12th
United Statesmarker Revolution 5th 3rd 7th


Overall Tournament Ranking & Statistics

Ranking Country #Played #Won %Won #Lost %Lost #Drawn %Drawn
1 New Zealandmarker 17 15 0 0 0%
2 Papua New Guineamarker 16 14 2 0 0%
3 Irelandmarker 17 12 5 0 0%
4 United States of Americamarker 17 11 6 0 0%
5 Samoamarker 17 9 8 0 0%
6 Great Britainmarker 16 7 9 0 0%
7 Canadamarker 16 6 10 0 0%
7 South Africa 16 6 10 0 0%
9 Nauru 10 5 5 0 0%
9 Denmarkmarker 10 5 5 0 0%
11 Japanmarker 16 4 12 0 0%
12 Israelmarker-Palestinian Territoriesmarker 5 2 3 0 0%
13 Swedenmarker 5 1 4 0 0%
13 Finlandmarker 5 1 4 0 0%
13 Chinamarker 5 1 4 0 0%
16 Spainmarker 5 0 5 0 0%
16 Indiamarker 5 0 5 0 0%


Placing Rankings

Pos. Team
1st Papua New Guineamarker 1 (2008) 2 (2002, 2005)
2nd New Zealandmarker 1 (2005) 1 (2008) 1 (2002)
3rd Irelandmarker 1 (2002)
4th United Statesmarker 1 (2005)
5th South Africa 1 (2008)


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