India to play in AFI and 20% off on tickets for TIDU readers

International Footballer Gareth Hall training Indian Tigers in Colaba

India will play in the 2011 International Cup which kicks off in Sydney this weekend.

The Sydney Swans would like to offer The Indian Down Under readers’  ‘a 20% discount off tickets to the Round 22 fixture versus St Kilda at ANZ Stadium.The game will be held on Sunday 21st of August and will feature a parade of nations at half time celebrating every team playing in the 2011 International Cup. We think this will be a fantastic day and a great opportunity for your readers to celebrate a coming together of cultures.’

The Australian Football carnival involves teams comprised solely of amateurs who must be nationals of the country they represent – no expatriate Australians are eligible to play in the International Cup. All players must have lived the majority of the years aged between 10 and 16 as a citizen of their nation.

Community venues in Sydney and Melbourne will host matches from Saturday August 13 to Saturday August 26. Entry to community venues is free of charge.

Australian football is a relatively new sport on the subcontinent, with training sessions beginning in 2008 in Kolkata with a squad of players of kabaddi, soccer and rugby backgrounds.

The best players were selected to play in the International Cup in 2008. The team nicknamed the Tigers, finished sixteenth.

Indian team guernsey

The unique Australian Football carnival will involve 18 teams: Canada, China, Denmark, Fiji, France, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Japan, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peace Team (comprising of both Israeli and Palestinian players), Sweden, South Africa, Timor Leste, Tonga and USA.

It is the fourth International Cup and four nations will make their debut; Fiji, France, Timor Leste and Tonga. For the first time five women’s teams will also participate; Canada, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, USA and a combined Australian multicultural and Indigenous team.

Blacktown International Sports Park will host the Inaugural Festival of Nations on the opening day – Saturday August 13. The festival will feature activities including cultural food stalls, face painters, jumping castle, kids’ clinics (from 9.30am- 10.30am) and the football action.

The men’s teams will play seeding matches on the opening day. Teams will then be placed in two divisions. To confirm where and when nation is playing, visit from 9pm Saturday August 13.

International Cup Fixture

Saturday August 13

11am-7pm       Blacktown International Sportspark – Ovals 1&2      Men’s seeding matches

BISS Oval One                                                         

11am   Papua New Guinea v Tonga

12pm   Papua New Guinea v France

1pm     Tonga v France

2pm     New Zealand v Sweden

3pm     New Zealand v India                                     

4pm     Sweden v India                                              

5pm     South Africa v Denmark

6pm     South Africa v China

7pm     Demark v China

BISS Oval Two

11am   Great Britain v Timor Leste

12pm   Ireland v Timor Leste

1pm     Ireland v Great Britain

2pm     Nauru v Japan

3pm     Nauru v Fiji

4pm     Japan v Fiji

5pm     Canada v USA

6pm     Canada v Peace Team

7pm     United States v Peace Team

Monday August 15

1pm – 5pm       Blacktown International Sportspark – Ovals 1&2      Men’s & Women’s matches


Wednesday August 17

2pm                 Blacktown International Sportspark   Oval 2             Men’s & Women’s matches

12pm & 2pm   Bruce Purser Reserve – Rouse Hill                             Men’s matches

12pm & 2pm   Holroyd Ground – Gipps Road Oval                         Men’s matches

12pm & 2pm   Auburn Ground – Mona Park Ovals                           Men’s matches

12pm & 2pm   Bus Loop – SCG                                                        Men’s & Women’s matches

Thursday August 18

5pm & 7pm     Blacktown International Sportspark   Oval 1             Men’s & Women’s matches

Saturday August 20

10am – 6pm     Blacktown International Sportspark – Ovals 1&2      Men’s & Women’s matches

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