FFA Cup a new old tradition
There's a sudden sense of excitement throughout the football community with the launch of the FFA Cup.
And with the A-League approaching its tenth season, it's high time clubs in the lower levels of Australia's football pyramid get their chance to not only mix it with the elite, but to even emerge victorious against them in formal competition.
The FFA Cup is a long-awaited tournament and while in one sense it’s a new competition, in another it is carrying on a tradition that started in Australia more than fifty years ago.
Cup gives grassroots chance to be giant-killer
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today confirmed the format of the inaugural FFA Cup in 2014, with draw principles that give grassroots clubs every chance to be giant-killers against the elite of the Hyundai A-League.
Preliminary matches involving over 600 clubs across Australia have commenced this month ahead of the national knock-out FFA Cup Round of 32 kicking off in late July.
2014 FFA Cup FAQs
Find out everything you need to know about the FFA Cup following the launch of the inaugural national competition.
1. What is the FFA Cup?The FFA Cup is a national knockout tournament run by FFA in conjunction with the State and Territory Member Federations in Queensland, NSW, Northern NSW, Victoria, ACT, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.
Each and every cup tie must be decided on the day, with extra time and penalties to decide results of matches drawn after 90 minutes.
Over 600 clubs will play in the feeder competitions run by the states and territories. The Hyundai A-League clubs join the competition in the Round of 32, alongside 22 clubs who have progressed from the ranks of the semi-professional and amateur tiers.
The 2014 FFA Cup final will be played on Tuesday 16 December.
Canale Travel Cup Round 2 Fixtures
Round 2 of Brisbane's Canale Travel Cup kicks off this week, with 28 clubs involved.
The winning teams from Round 1 (Capital 2, Capital 3 and Capital 4 League clubs) will be joined by the majority of the Capital 1 League clubs in this Round.
Last year's Semi Finalists, Taringa Rovers (Capital 1), start their campaign to reach the FFA Cup at their home ground, Jack Speare Park, against Slacks Creek (Capital 2) on Tuesday night.
In 2014 the Canale Travel Cup doubles as the Brisbane component of the FQ Cup. The two finalists will win the right to represent Queensland in the FFA Cup round of 32 later in the year.
Dockerty Cup Round 1 and 2 Results, Round 3 fixtures
Round 1 and 2 of Victoria's Dockerty Cup has now been completed, with 56 clubs progressing to Round 3, where they are joined by 24 other clubs from the 2013 Men's State League 2.
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