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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