Thompson's International Almanac
Thompson's International Almanac is the work, and passion, of Touch Football historian, Cary Thompson. It details every player and match of an international level (where records were kept) and provides a detailed account of those who have been a part of our great game at the very highest level. From Trans Tasman clashes, to World Cups; from the veterans of our game to the best open age players across the globe, there's something in the Almanac for everyone.
Coaches, referees, managers, and support staff all join the traditional player listings, as the Almanac outlines international 'caps', touchdowns scored, and of course, results of international matches played between member countries betwen 1976 & 2014.
The Almanac - a complement to Thompson's published works - is the result of many years of painstaking hours collating results and representative information for FIT member nations. We trust you find the data contained within interesting.
About The Author
Cary Thompson has written many publications, articles and papers many of which have been presented at seminars and universities across Australia. He became involved with Touch in the early seventies and has risen through to ranks to become the President of the World Governing Body of Touch, The Federation of International Touch from 1991 to 2007. He then acted as Secretary General of the Federation for the next two years to assist in the transition period.
During the eighties he became the Director of Coaching for Touch Football Australia a position he held until 2001.His contribution to Touch in Australia has seen him awarded with nine Life Memberships of Touch and Touch Referee Associations. In addition he has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sport and the Eunice Gill Coach Education Award form the Australian Sports Commission.
Cary was instrumental (with others) in devising the Rules for the inaugural World Cup in 1988 which allowed forward passes. He has written the rules that are currently played at an International Level as well as Referee Interpretation to the rules. He created the European Championships in 1996 and when interviewed by Sky B at the time stated “they will become the largest Regional Touch event in the world within 20 years”. He was right.
He helped found the South Pacific Championships and continued to create a forum for Island teams to compete internationally on a regular basis.
This Almanac is the work of many years of painstaking hours collating results and representative information for Member countries. Should you feel there is any errors, please contact the Federation.