A call has been made by the AFL in regards to the 2021 AFL International Cup after being rescheduled from 2020.
The decision to cancel the rescheduled contest was made after heavy consideration of a number of factors. With uncertainty around international travel and the financial impacts of 2020 having the greatest influence.
The event was planned for the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and was initially postponed from 2020 until July/August 2021.
The AFL has committed to work closely with AFL International affiliates to hopefully run AFL tournaments overseas throughout 2021. This will provide opportunities for players to represent their country.
“This decision was not made lightly and we are disappointed that we are unable to welcome international teams to the Sunshine Coast in 2021,”
“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”AFL General Manager Game Development – Andrew Dillon
The AFL International Cup includes men’s and women’s teams from North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
Canada’s national men’s team, the Northwind, have played in all six iterations thus far and are always well represented by Etobicoke Kangaroo players.
Canada’s national women’s team, the Northern Lights have also been well represented by Etobicoke Kangaroo players in the past and have performed extremely well, making all contested finals.
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