Further details on the FFA Cup

(FB Media)

(FB Media)

While the competition hasn’t been officially launched as yet, the word has been put out that later this year the inaugural FFA cup will start. With that in mind, all of the regional cups in the local state leagues will start in the coming weeks. For instance the first round of Brisbane’s Canale Cup kicks off in mid February and the rest of the state cups will do likewise.

Here’s rounds 1 and 2 of the 2014 Canale Cup:

(FB Media)

(FB Media)

This offcourse feeds into the FFA Cup later in the year, and today Rob Greenwood of the Advertiser provided further details on the competition from that stage. The competition will be a 32 team knockout cup featuring:

– The 9 Australian A-League clubs
– 8 New South Wales Clubs
– 4 Victorian Clubs
– 4 Queensland Clubs
– 2 West Australia Clubs
– 2 Northern NSW Clubs
– 1 South Australian Club
– 1 Tasmanian Club
– 1 ACT Club

That seems to be a bit of overkill with 8 clubs from the NSW Premier League, however it will be good to have the cup up and running regardless. The decision was apparently made on the basis of number of registered players in each state, where NSW has a clear advantage. The competition is expected to start in the A-League pre-season, sometime in late July/ early August with the final to be held on Australia Day.

Queensland’s 4 representatives will be made up of the Canale Cup finalists, and as such the 6 NPL Queensland clubs based in Brisbane –Olympic FC, Brisbane Strikers, Brisbane City, Redlands United, Moreton Bay United and Western Pride (I assume it’s not QAS) will feature in the cup in future rounds.

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