FFA cup exposes deficiencies in A-League model

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FFA cup exposes deficiencies in A-League model

This week we have witnessed two games in the FFA Cup round of 32 that both the Football Federation Australia have been itching for from a marketing point of view, and some within the football community will use as leverage in a long-running argument. NPL Victoria’s Green Gully defeated A-League’s Central Coast Mariners 2-1 via a stunning long range 93rd minute goal while NPL Queensland’s Redlands United defeated current A-League champions Adelaide United 2-1 after extra time. These results have fueled the argument that has been playing out in the football community for decades, the concept of promotion and relegation…

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FFA Cup 2016 – Round of 32 Fixtures

Football Federation Australia has released the full fixture list for the round of 32 in this year’s FFA Cup. The 16 fixtures are divided over four match days with FOX SPORTS broadcasting one match live and exclusive in full on each match day. Additionaly FOX SPORTS will also LIVE stream and provide updates and crosses of all other matches. The round of 32 begins on Wednesday July 27 and completes two weeks later on Wednesday August 10th. Westfield FFA Cup 2016 – Round of 32 Fixtures Date Home Team   Away Team Kick-off time (local) Kick-off time (AEST) Venue Match Hashtag…

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FFA Cup Sets new Registration Record

A record number of more than 650 clubs are set to compete in the Preliminary Rounds of the Westfield FFA Cup 2016, Australian football’s national knock-out competition. Two days from the first Preliminary Round matches, the number of clubs entered is on track to surpass the 2015 number of 638 clubs. These clubs come from all of Australia’s States and Territories, ranging from the minnows of the grassroots lower leagues up to the second tier of Australian football, the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues. Registrations for clubs are still open in a number the State/Territory Member Federations. Football Federation Australia…

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FFA Cup Semi Final Preview: Hume City v Melbourne Victory

Tonight will see an all-Victorian FFA Cup semi-final when Hume City meet Melbourne Victory. The clash will take place at one of Victory’s home grounds in AAMI park despite NPL side Hume City being the “home” team. Whilst the decision to move the clash to AAMI was made by the FFA, Hume would have relinquished home advantage anyway with their preferred venue being Etihad. Hume have lit up the competition so far with their aggressive, direct style of play.  Attackers Marcus Schroen and Theo Markelis have scored seven goals between them as Lou Acevski’s men have claimed three wins against state-level opponents. In pursuit of an A-League scalp it…

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FFA Cup Semi-Final preview

Willem van Denderen previews the first semi-final of the 2015 FFA Cup between Perth Glory and Melbourne City. Perth Glory will host Melbourne City at nib Stadium on Wednesday night in the first semi-final of this year’s FFA Cup. Perth will be looking to progress to their second cup final in two campaigns with a chance to reconcile last year’s final loss to Adelaide. The Glory have shown great persistence and a relative liking of extra time so far this campaign, with all three of their matches going beyond ninety minutes. Two of those matches, including last month’s quarter-final clash with Western Sydney which required penalties,…

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FFA Cup Quarter Finals Preview – Match day 2

Westfield FFA Cup 2015 Quarter Finals – Match Day 2 Fixtures HEIDELBERG UNITED (VIC)​​ VS​​ MELBOURNE CITY (VIC) Heidelberg United and Melbourne City will each endeavor to become the third Victorian side into the FFA Cup semi-finals when they clash at Olympic Park on Tuesday night. Despite heading into the match as underdogs Heidelberg have made all the headlines in the lead up, following the signing of former Greece captain Kostas Katsouranis. The Bergers have also spent what is reported to have been upwards of $50,000 on their stadium, with the club hoping 6,000 fans will attend the match. Holding midfielder Katsouranis brings an illustrious career to the NPL…

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FFA Cup Quarter Finals Preview

MELBOURNE VICTORY (VIC) ​​VS​​ ADELAIDE UNITED (SA) Arguably the biggest rivalry of the A-League’s first decade will ignite for the first time in the FFA Cup, with Melbourne Victory hosting reigning Cup champions Adelaide United on Tuesday night at Aami Park. The Victory bowed out at this stage of the competition last year, and will be looking to atone in front of their own fans, something they have not had the privilege of doing in the short history of the competition. Kevin Muscat has swung the changes from their last match, a nervy 3-2 win over Rockdale City Suns. Four youth team players,…

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FFA Cup Preview

PALM BEACH SHARKS (QLD)​ VS ​WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS (NSW) Palm Beach Sharks will look to continue their impressive FFA Cup form when they face Western Sydney Wanderers on Tuesday night. The Sharks, who reached last year’s quarter-finals, made it to this stage via an enthralling penalty shootout victory over South Melbourne in the round of 16. They will be looking to build on this sweet yet short Cup history, with a place in the quarters for a second successive year. Midfielder Roman Hofman has expressed his excitement at playing the Asian Champions, and also declared the opportunity he sees the tie providing for himself….

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FFA Cup preview

ADELAIDE UNITED (SA) VS SYDNEY FC (NSW) Wednesday night’s clash will see our first ever FFA Cup rematch between two sides, with the A-League’s Adelaide United hosting Sydney FC at Hindmarsh stadium. Last season it was Adelaide who, on their way to the inaugural title, defeated the Sky Blues 3-1 in extra time at the quarter-final stage. A Bruce Djite extra-time double eventually split the sides after the two were locked at one apiece after 90 minutes. This campaign the two are meeting one stage earlier, with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs. Sydney encountered little trouble in…

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FFA Cup: Round of 32 Fixtures

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today officially released the fixture details for the Westfield FFA Cup 2015 Round of 32, with Palm Beach SC to kick-off proceedings against South Melbourne at Cbus Stadium as the first match to be broadcast live and exclusive on Fox Sports on Wednesday 29 July. The other matches on match day 1 of the Westfield FFA Cup 2015 Round of 32 include Broadmeadow Magic FC v Heidelberg United FC, Blacktown City FC v MetroStars SC and Hume City FC v Brisbane Strikers FC where there will be single camera coverage by Fox Sports to ensure that…

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