- Written by Walter Pless
- Published: 29 August 2013
Photo: A Tasmanian side will be able to compete in a national FA Cup-style competition [PlessPix]
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today announced that a national FFA Cup knock-out competition will commence in 2014, subject to finalisation of commercial arrangements.
FFA CEO David Gallop said the in-principle approval granted by the FFA Board at its 23 August meeting was a significant step forward for the game in Australia.
Photo: FFT CEO John Boulous said Tasmania's representative would be the 2014 Milan Lakoseljac Cup winner [PlessPix]
“The idea of the FFA Cup has captured the imagination of the football community and there’s a huge groundswell of support,” said Gallop.
“Everyone in the game is keen for this concept to come to life, but the prudent way forward is to ensure the right commercial and organisational foundations are in place.
“FFA Management now has a mandate to conclude the many positive talks we’ve had with broadcasters, sponsors and commercial partners.”
Over the past 12 months, an FFA Project Team has been developing options for the FFA Cup, in consultation with member federations and A-League clubs.
The plan for the FFA Cup includes amateur and semi-professional clubs, including National Premier Leagues, and Hyundai A-League clubs entering the draw on a progressive basis.
The options allow for existing State- and Territory-based cup competitions to remain in place as feeder competitions to the national cup.
The nine State and Territory member federations and 10 Hyundai A-League clubs have unanimously endorsed the proposal to stage the inaugural FFA Cup within the calendar year with a Cup Final in December 2014.
Football Federation Tasmania (FFT) welcomed the announcement to commence the implementation of the FFA Cup in 2014.
"This will mean the winner from our Lakoseljac Cup in 2014 will represent Tasmania in this competition,” said FFT CEO John Boulous.
“Tasmania has one guaranteed position in the round of 32 and it appears these rounds will commence in July, culminating in a final in December 2014.
"Details on the tournament will be provided later in the year.
“However, this is a tremendous step forward for the game.”