Contributed by: Troy Thompson Saturday, January 30 2016 @ 12:30 am ACDT
Recently it has emerged via social media that the dates for the AFL International Cup 2017 had been set. Today the AFL confirmed that these dates are proposed dates only and at this stage have not been locked in.
The dates were proposed by the AFL and sent to affiliates for feedback, and at this stage there has been no feedback opposed to these dates.
So again, this is not yet 100% confirmed, but it looks likely that IC17 will take place from Saturday August 5 to Sunday August 20, 2017 (inclusive) in Melbourne.
From a world sporting point of view August is pretty quiet and in 2017 there are no major non-annual sporting events such as the Olympics or world cups of cricket, rugby or soccer. The tournament is likely to coincide with the AFL home and away rounds 20-22, with that opportunity to attend a number of AFL matches a key attraction for most players taking part in the tournament.
This sixth iteration of the International Cup is expected to be the largest yet with a record number of teams competing in both men's and women's competition.