The international footballing community is set to descend on Australia once more with the announcement of the 2020 International Cup.
Held every three years, the seventh edition of the world’s premier international Australian football tournament will be held from the 25th July-8th August on the Sunshine Coast.
This will be the first time the tournament is held exclusively outside of Victoria, and the entire Great Britain footballing community is ready, with preparations beginning in earnest to send some of our best footballers Down Under for the tournament of their lives.
“They kept us waiting, but it’s all become a little bit more real!” said AFL England president Will Shillibier. “I know that the coaches and captains have been waiting on this information for months, but now we can really get to work.
“There’s a whole lot going on behind the scenes, and the GB backroom staff will be working hard to ensure everything is in place.”
The Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex in Queensland will play host to the tournament, with the finals taking place as a curtain raiser and closer to the Round 21 match at the Gabba between Brisbane Lions and West Coast Eagles on Saturday, August 8.
“The 2020 AFL International Cup promises to be another exciting event which celebrates the love of Australian Football and continued growth of our game overseas,” said AFL General Manager of Game Development Andrew Dillon. “We’re delighted to take the event to the Sunshine Coast where participants will not only get to experience playing on first-class facilities but also enjoy some of Australia’s most iconic
“With more players and fans supporting our game overseas, the International Cup promises to
be another wonderful event for all involved.”
Off the back of their European Championship victory, Great Britain Bulldogs Head Coach Dean Thomas will be heading to his fourth international tournament with the Bulldogs. He will be looking to improve on their joint-best ever finish of sixth last time out.
Meanwhile, Ian Mitchell will head to his first International Cup as a coach after competing for the Bulldogs back in 2011. The GB Swans narrowly missed out on a Grand Final in their first appearance in the competition, eventually finishing third – the best ever by a British team – after beating the USA in the Third Place Playoff.