2014 FFA Cup

The 2014 FFA Cup was the inaugural season of the FFA Cup, the main national soccer knockout cup competition in Australia. 631 teams in total from around Australia entered the competition. Only 32 teams competed in the competition proper (Round of 32), including the 10 A-League teams and 22 Football Federation Australia (FFA) member federation teams determined through individual state preliminary rounds held in early 2014 (and 2013 in the case of the ACT). The FFA Cup competition proper commenced on 29 July 2014 and concluded with the FFA Cup Final on 16 December 2014.[1] which was brought forward from Australia Day in order to avoid a clash with the 2015 Asian Cup, which was hosted by Australia.[2]

2014 FFA Cup
Country Australia
 New Zealand
Teams631
ChampionsAdelaide United (1st title)
Runners-upPerth Glory
Matches played31
Goals scored94 (3.03 per match)
Attendance93,820 (3,026 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Sergio Cirio (6 goals)
2015

The winner of the FFA Cup received $50,000 as part of a total prize money pool of $131,450.[3]

Round and datesEdit

Round Draw date Match dates Number of fixtures Teams New entries this round
Preliminary rounds Various 6 April 2013 – 25 June 2014 616 + 34 byes 631 → 32 621
Round of 32 27 June 2014 29 July–20 August 2014 16 32 → 16 10
Round of 16 22 August 2014 16–23 September 2014 8 16 → 8 none
Quarter-finals 23 September 2014 14–29 October 2014 4 8 → 4 none
Semi-finals 31 October 2014 11–12 November 2014 2 4 → 2 none
Final 12 November 2014 16 December 2014 1 2 → 1 none

Prize fundEdit

Round No. of Clubs
receive fund
Prize fund[3]
Round of 16 8 $1,800
Quarter-finalists 4 $4,800
Semi-finalists 2 $10,950
Final runners-up 1 $25,950
Final winner 1 $50,000
Total $131,450

Preliminary roundsEdit

621 FFA member federations teams competed in various state-based preliminary rounds to win one of 22 places in the competition proper (Round of 32). Eight of the nine FFA member federations took part in the tournament, the exception being Northern Territory, which is expected to start participating from the 2015 season. Player registration numbers in each jurisdiction was used to determine the number of qualifying teams for each member federation:[4]

The first of the preliminary rounds began on 6 April 2013 and the final of the preliminary rounds took place on 25 June 2014. Seven of the eight member federation preliminary rounds took place in 2014 (16 February–25 June). The exception was the ACT, whose competition took place during 2013 (6 April–28 August).[5]

TeamsEdit

A total of 32 teams participated in the 2014 FFA Cup competition proper, ten of which came from the A-League, the remaining 22 teams from FFA member federations, as determined by the preliminary rounds.[2] A-League clubs represent the highest level in the Australian league system, where as member federation clubs come from Level 2 and below. The current season tier of member federation clubs is shown in parentheses.[6]

A-League clubs
Adelaide United Brisbane Roar Central Coast Mariners Melbourne City
Melbourne Victory Newcastle Jets Perth Glory Sydney FC
Wellington Phoenix Western Sydney Wanderers
Member federation clubs
  Tuggeranong United (2)   Blacktown City (2)   Manly United (2)   South Coast Wolves (2)
  Sydney Olympic (2)   Sydney United 58 (2)   Parramatta FC (3)   Hakoah Sydney City East (4)
  Broadmeadow Magic (2)   South Cardiff (2)   Brisbane Strikers (2)   Far North Queensland (2)
  Olympic FC (2)   Palm Beach (2)   Adelaide City (2)   South Hobart (2)
  Bentleigh Greens (2)   Melbourne Knights (2)   South Springvale (4)   St Albans Saints (3)
  Bayswater City (2)   Stirling Lions (2)

DrawEdit

After the completion of the 2013–14 A-League season and the preliminary rounds by the respective member federations, the 32 teams were organised for the FFA Cup Round of 32 draw, the first of four draws in the competition proper. The draw for the Round of 32 used three pots to arrange the teams: Pot A included the four A-League teams to reach the semi-finals in the 2013–14 A-League Finals series (Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners, Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers), Pot B included the remaining six A-League teams and Pot C contained the 22 member federation teams. Teams were drawn randomly into pre-determined positions. From the Round of 16, Quarter-finals and Semi-finals, teams will be allocated in one of two pots. The remaining A-League teams were allocated to Pot A and the remaining member federation teams into Pot B. In each draw, teams were again drawn randomly into pre-determined positions.[1]

The positions which teams are drawn into are structured to ensure that member federation teams have the best chance of advancing in the competition. The draw ensures a minimum of one non-A-League team reaches the Semi-finals stage, a minimum of three in the Quarter-finals and a minimum of nine in the Round of 16.[7] This structure is achieved by allocating teams (which are randomly drawn) into pre-determined positions, with some A-League teams guaranteed to be drawn against one another to ensure that a certain number of A-League teams are eliminated and that a certain number of member federation teams may progress in the tournament.[8]

The draw for each round did not take place until after the scheduled completion of the previous round. The draws also determined which teams will play at home; that is, if a member federation team draws an A-League team, the member federation team will host the fixture. However, if two A-League teams or two member federation teams are drawn together, the first team drawn will host, with the exception that Wellington Phoenix must play all of their matches in Australia, away from home.[2]

BracketEdit

Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
Sydney United 58 4
Far North Queensland 1 Sydney United 58 1
Melbourne City 1 Sydney FC 3
Sydney FC (a.e.t.) 3 Sydney FC 1
Adelaide United 1 Adelaide United (a.e.t.) 3
Wellington Phoenix 0 Adelaide United 2
Stirling Lions 0 Brisbane Roar 0
Brisbane Roar 4 Adelaide United 3
Hakoah Sydney City East 1 Central Coast Mariners 2
Palm Beach 2 Palm Beach 1
South Springvale (pen.) 2 (4) South Springvale 0
South Cardiff 2 (3) Palm Beach 0
Olympic FC 3 Central Coast Mariners 5
Melbourne Knights 1 Olympic FC 1
South Coast Wolves 0 Central Coast Mariners 3
Central Coast Mariners 1 Adelaide United 1
Manly United 1 Perth Glory 0
Sydney Olympic 3 Sydney Olympic 1
Blacktown City 0 Bentleigh Greens 2
Bentleigh Greens 1 Bentleigh Greens (a.e.t.) 2
Adelaide City 1 Adelaide City 1
Western Sydney Wanderers 0 Adelaide City 1
Broadmeadow Magic 1 Brisbane Strikers 0
Brisbane Strikers (a.e.t.) 2 Bentleigh Greens 0
Parramatta FC 0 Perth Glory 3
St Albans Saints 1 St Albans Saints 1
Newcastle Jets 0 Perth Glory 4
Perth Glory 2 Perth Glory (a.e.t.) 4
South Hobart 1 (4) Melbourne Victory 2
Tuggeranong United (pen.) 1 (5) Tuggeranong United 0
Bayswater City 0 Melbourne Victory 6
Melbourne Victory 2

Round of 32Edit

The Round of 32 draw took place on Friday 27 June 2014.[9] The lowest ranked sides that qualified for this round were Hakoah Sydney City East and South Springvale. They were the only level 4 teams left in the competition.

All times listed below are at AEST

29 July 2014 Broadmeadow Magic (2)1–2 (a.e.t.) Brisbane Strikers (2) Wanderers Oval, Newcastle
19:30
Report
Attendance: 1,523
Referee: Tim McGilchrist
29 July 2014 Manly United (2)1–3 Sydney Olympic (2) Cromer Park, Sydney
19:30
Report
Attendance: 1,800
Referee: Stephen Lucas
29 July 2014 Olympic FC (2) 3–1Melbourne Knights (2)Goodwin Park, Brisbane
19:30
Report
Attendance: 2,195
Referee: Alex King
29 July 2014 South Springvale (4) 2–2 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
South Cardiff (2)Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Melbourne
19:30
Report
Attendance: 1,420
Referee: Alex Azcurra
Penalties
5 August 2014 Newcastle Jets (1)0–2 Perth Glory (1) Wanderers Oval, Newcastle
19:30 Report
Attendance: 2,877
Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
5 August 2014 Parramatta FC (3)0–1 St Albans Saints (3) Melita Stadium, Sydney
19:30 Report
Attendance: 780
Referee: Chris Young
5 August 2014 South Hobart (2)1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–5 p)
Tuggeranong United (2) KGV Park, Hobart
19:30
Report
Attendance: 1,472
Referee: Patrick Chaplin
Penalties
5 August 2014 Adelaide United (1) 1–0Wellington Phoenix (1)Marden Sports Complex, Adelaide
20:00
Report Attendance: 2,804
Referee: Shaun Evans
12 August 2014 Blacktown City (2)0–1 Bentleigh Greens (2) Lily Homes Stadium, Sydney
19:30 Report
Attendance: 624
Referee: Stephen Lucas
12 August 2014 Melbourne City (1)1–3 (a.e.t.) Sydney FC (1) Morshead Park Stadium, Ballarat
19:30
Report
Attendance: 2,801
Referee: Shaun Evans
12 August 2014 Sydney United 58 (2) 4–1Far North Queensland (2)Sydney United Sports Centre, Sydney
19:30
Report
Attendance: 750
Referee: Jonathan Barreiro
12 August 2014 Adelaide City (2) 1–0Western Sydney Wanderers (1)Marden Sports Complex, Adelaide
20:00
Report Attendance: 2,701
Referee: Alan Milliner
19 August 2014 Hakoah Sydney City East (4)1–2 Palm Beach (2) Hensley Athletic Field, Sydney
19:30
Report
Attendance: 1,158
Referee: Matthew Cropper
19 August 2014 Stirling Lions (2)0–4 Brisbane Roar (1) Western Australian Athletics Stadium, Perth
21:30 Report
Attendance: 1,152
Referee: Lucien Laverdure
20 August 2014 South Coast Wolves (2)0–1 Central Coast Mariners (1) WIN Stadium, Wollongong
19:30 Report
Attendance: 5,238
Referee: Ben Williams

Round of 16Edit

The Round of 16 draw took place on Friday 22 August 2014.[10] The lowest ranked side that qualified for this round was South Springvale. They were the only level 4 team left in the competition.

All times listed below are at AEST

16 September 2014 Adelaide City (2) 1–0Brisbane Strikers (2)Marden Sports Complex, Adelaide
19:30
Report Attendance: 2,024
Referee: Rick Schneider
16 September 2014 Olympic FC (2)1–3 Central Coast Mariners (1) QSAC, Brisbane
19:30
Report
Attendance: 1,374
Referee: Chris Beath
16 September 2014 Sydney Olympic (2)1–2 Bentleigh Greens (2) Lambert Park, Sydney
19:30
Report
Attendance: 827
Referee: Strebre Delovski
16 September 2014 Tuggeranong United (2)0–6 Melbourne Victory (1) Viking Park, Canberra
19:30 Report
Attendance: 5,150
Referee: Ben Williams
23 September 2014 Adelaide United (1) 2–0Brisbane Roar (1)Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
19:30
Report Attendance: 4,053
Referee: Shaun Evans
23 September 2014 Palm Beach (2) 1–0South Springvale (4)Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
19:30
Report Attendance: 2,370
Referee: Alan Milliner
23 September 2014 St Albans Saints (3)1–4 Perth Glory (1) Knights Stadium, Melbourne
19:30
Report
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Lucien Laverdure
23 September 2014 Sydney United 58 (2)1–3 Sydney FC (1) Sydney United Sports Centre, Sydney
19:30
Report
Attendance: 8,125
Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones

Quarter-finalsEdit

The Quarter-final draw took place on 23 September, with all timing and venue details confirmed on 29 September.[11] The lowest ranked sides that qualified for this round were Adelaide City, Bentleigh Greens and Palm Beach. They were the only level 2 teams left in the competition.

All times listed below are at AEDT

14 October 2014 Palm Beach (2)0–5 Central Coast Mariners (1) Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
19:30 Report
  • Cernak   28'
  • Sim   72'75'90'90+2'
Attendance: 2,035
Referee: Jarred Gillett
21 October 2014 Sydney FC (1)1–3 (a.e.t.) Adelaide United (1) Allianz Stadium, Sydney
19:30
Report
Attendance: 3,536
Referee: Ben Williams
29 October 2014 Bentleigh Greens (2) 2–1 (a.e.t.)Adelaide City (2)Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Melbourne
19:30
Report
Attendance: 1,992
Referee: Lucien Laverdure
29 October 2014 Perth Glory (1) 4–2 (a.e.t.)Melbourne Victory (1)nib Stadium, Perth
22:00
Report
Attendance: 3,899
Referee: Alan Milliner

Semi-finalsEdit

The Semi-final draw took place on 31 October, with all timing and venue details confirmed on 5 November.[12] The lowest ranked side that qualified for this round was Bentleigh Greens. They were the only level 2 team left in the competition.

All times listed below are at AEDT

11 November 2014 Bentleigh Greens (2)0–3 Perth Glory (1) Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Melbourne
19:30 Report
Attendance: 3,300
Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
12 November 2014 Adelaide United (1) 3–2Central Coast Mariners (1)Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
19:30
Report
Attendance: 4,548
Referee: Chris Beath

FinalEdit

All times listed below are at AEDT

Adelaide United (1)1–0Perth Glory (1)
Cirio   67' Report
Attendance: 16,142
Referee: Chris Beath

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Sergio Cirio Adelaide United 6
2   Andy Keogh Perth Glory 5
  Nebojša Marinković Perth Glory
  Matt Sim Central Coast Mariners
5   Ali Abbas Sydney FC 3
  Besart Berisha Melbourne Victory
  Bruce Djite Adelaide United
  Jake McLean Olympic FC
9   Guilherme Finkler Melbourne Victory 2
  Michael Gaitatzis Sydney Olympic
  Chris Naumoff Sydney FC
  Mirjan Pavlović Sydney United 58
  Glen Trifiro Central Coast Mariners

Note: Goals scored in preliminary rounds not included.

Broadcasting rightsEdit

The live television rights for the competition were held by the subscription channel Fox Sports, who broadcast the following 10 games live:[13]

Round Live broadcast matches
Round of 32 Broadmeadow Magic vs Brisbane Strikers[14]
Round of 16 Tuggeranong United vs Melbourne Victory[15]
Sydney United 58 vs Sydney FC[15]
Quarter-finals, Semi-finals and Final All matches

Match ballEdit

The official match ball for the 2014 competition was the Umbro Neo 150 Elite.[16]

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Football Federation Australia reveals new FFA Cup competition and trophy". foxsports.com.au. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
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  6. ^ "Round of 32 puzzle almost complete". footballaustralia.com.au. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
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  9. ^ "All set for Round of 32 Draw". Football Federation Australia.
  10. ^ "Cup fever ramps up with Friday's draw". Football Federation Australia.
  11. ^ "Westfield FFA Cup Quarter Final Details". Football Federation Australia.
  12. ^ "Tuesday, Wednesday Cup Semis confirmed". Football Federation Australia.
  13. ^ "FAQS". FFA Cup. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  14. ^ "Schedule confirmed for Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 fixtures". footballaustralia.com.au. 30 June 2014.
  15. ^ a b "Westfield FFA Cup Round of 16 details". footballaustralia.com.au. 27 August 2014.
  16. ^ "Umbro launch official Westfield FFA Cup ball". Football Federation Australia. 4 June 2014.

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