Over 130 of Victoria’s best community umpires have been selected to adjudicate the 2017 AFL International Cup which kicked off in Melbourne on August 5.
Held every three years, the AFL International Cup brings together the best male and female amateur footballers from across the world to participate in a round robin competition.
Of the 139 Victorian umpires selected to officiate matches, 33 hail from metropolitan leagues, while 106 represent 18 different regional Umpiring groups and AFL Victoria V/Line Umpiring Academy.
Ballarat Umpires Association boasts the most representatives with 23 umpires, followed by Southern Umpires Association (21) and the Eastern Football League (13).
Sharing the officiating responsibilities are 23 fellow umpires from across the world, with nine umpires representing USA, five umpires from Queensland and three umpires from South Africa and United Kingdom.
Held from August 5-19, the sixth AFL International Cup will see 18 men’s teams and eight women’s teams compete for the coveted title with teams hailing from Canada, China, Croatia, Fiji, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Nauru, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Sri Lanka, USA.
The women’s grand final will be played at Etihad Stadium as a curtain-raiser to the Round 22 clash between Carlton and Hawthorn, while the Division One men’s grand final will be played at the MCG as a curtain-raiser to the Round 22 match between Collingwood and the Geelong Cats.
Keep up to date with all the latest news from the 2017 AFL International Cup on social media using our official hashtag #AFLIC17