2022 Australia Cup

The 2022 Australia Cup was the ninth season of the Australia Cup, the main national soccer knockout cup competition in Australia. This edition was the first under the new name of the "Australia Cup" following the renaming of Football Federation Australia to Football Australia.[1] Thirty-two teams contested the competition proper.

2022 Australia Cup
Country Australia
 New Zealand
Dates11 February – 1 October 2022
Teams750 (qualifying competition)
32 (main competition)
ChampionsMacarthur FC (1st title)
Runners-upSydney United 58
AFC CupMacarthur FC
Matches played31
Goals scored119 (3.84 per match)
Attendance67,918 (2,191 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Australia Al Hassan Toure (5 goals)
2021
2023

Melbourne Victory were the defending champions but were eliminated by Western United in the Round of 32. Macarthur FC won the first trophy in their history after defeating Sydney United 58 in the final. Sydney United 58 was the first member federation club to qualify for the Australia Cup final.[2]

This edition was the first whose winners qualified for the AFC Cup.[3]

Round and datesEdit

Round[4] Draw date Match dates Number of fixtures Teams New entries this round
Preliminary rounds Various 11 February–2 July 718 750 → 32 742
Round of 32 29 June 21 July–4 August[5] 16 32 → 16 8
Round of 16 3 August[6] 10–17 August 8 16 → 8 None
Quarter-finals 17 August 27–31 August 4 8 → 4 None
Semi-finals 31 August 11–14 September 2 4 → 2 None
Final 1 October 1 2 → 1 None

TeamsEdit

A total of 32 teams will participate in the 2022 Australia Cup competition proper.

A-League Men clubs represent the highest level in the Australian league system, whereas Member Federation clubs come from level 2 and below.

A-League clubs
Adelaide United Brisbane Roar Central Coast Mariners Macarthur FC Melbourne City
Melbourne Victory Newcastle Jets Sydney FC Wellington Phoenix Western United
Member federation clubs
  Monaro Panthers (2)   Bonnyrigg White Eagles (3)   NWS Spirit (3)   Sydney United 58 (2)   Wollongong United (6)
  Broadmeadow Magic (2)   Newcastle Olympic (2)   Mindil Aces (2)   Brisbane City (2)   Logan Lightning (2)
  Magpies Crusaders United (3)   Peninsula Power (2)   Adelaide City (2)   Modbury Jets (3)   Devonport City (2)
  Avondale FC (2)   Bentleigh Greens (2)   Green Gully (2)   Heidelberg United (2)   Oakleigh Cannons (2)
  Armadale SC (2)   Cockburn City (2)

Prize fundEdit

The prize fund has been unchanged since 2015, though this is the first year the winner will also benefit from participating in the 2023-24 AFC Cup.[7]

Round No. of Clubs
receive fund
Prize fund
Round of 16 8 $2,000
Quarter-finalists 4 $5,000
Semi-finalists 2 $10,000
Final runners-up 1 $25,000
Final winner 1 $50,000
Total $131,000

Preliminary roundsEdit

Member federation teams are competing in various state-based preliminary rounds to win one of 22 places in the competition proper (at the Round of 32). All Australian clubs are eligible to enter the qualifying process through their respective member federation; however, only one team per club is permitted entry into the competition. The preliminary rounds operate within a consistent national structure whereby club entry into the competition is staggered in each state/territory, determined by what level the club sits at in the Australian soccer league system. This ultimately leads to round 7 with the winning clubs from that round entering directly into the round of 32.

As there was no NPL Champion in the previous year, an additional slot was allocated to Victoria for this edition only.[8]

Additionally, the top eight placed A-League Men clubs for the 2021–22 A-League Men season gained automatic qualification to the Round of 32. The remaining four teams entered a play-off series to determine the remaining two positions.

Federation Associated competition Round of 32 qualifiers
Football Australia A-League Men 10
Capital Football (ACT) Federation Cup (ACT) 1
Football NSW Waratah Cup 4
Northern NSW Football 2
Football Northern Territory NT FFA Cup Final 1
Football Queensland 4
Football South Australia Federation Cup (SA) 2
Football Tasmania Milan Lakoseljac Cup 1
Football Victoria Dockerty Cup 5
Football West (WA) State Cup 2

BracketEdit

Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
Peninsula Power 4
NWS Spirit 1 Peninsula Power 2
Wollongong United 2 Green Gully 1
Green Gully 3 Peninsula Power 0
Sydney United 58 3 Sydney United 58 1
Monaro Panthers 0 Sydney United 58 (p) 1 (4)
Western United 2 Western United 1 (3)
Melbourne Victory 1 Sydney United 58 (a.e.t.) 3
Adelaide City 1 Brisbane Roar 2
Logan Lightning 0 Adelaide City 2 (1)
Newcastle Jets 0 Adelaide United (p) 2 (4)
Adelaide United 2 Adelaide United 1
Mindil Aces 0 Brisbane Roar 2
Avondale FC 6 Avondale FC 2 (1)
Heidelberg United 1 Brisbane Roar (p) 2 (4)
Brisbane Roar 3 Sydney United 58 0
Bonnyrigg White Eagles 0 Macarthur FC 2
Oakleigh Cannons 5 Oakleigh Cannons (a.e.t.) 5
Brisbane City 3 Brisbane City 3
Cockburn City 1 Oakleigh Cannons 2
Bentleigh Greens (a.e.t.) 2 Sydney FC 1
Broadmeadow Magic 1 Bentleigh Greens 1
Sydney FC (p) 3 (3) Sydney FC 2
Central Coast Mariners 3 (1) Oakleigh Cannons 2
Armadale SC 2 Macarthur FC 5
Modbury Jets 5 Modbury Jets 0
Magpies Crusaders United 0 Macarthur FC 4
Macarthur FC 6 Macarthur FC 2
Newcastle Olympic 0 Wellington Phoenix 0
Melbourne City 1 Melbourne City 1
Devonport City 0 Wellington Phoenix 2
Wellington Phoenix 4

Round of 32Edit

The round of 32 draw took place on 29 June 2022. The lowest ranked side that qualified for this round was Wollongong United. They were the only level 6 team left in the competition.

Times are AEST (UTC+10), as listed by Football Australia (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

21 July 2022 Bentleigh Greens (2) 2–1 (a.e.t.)Broadmeadow Magic (2)Kingston Heath, Melbourne
19:30
  • Lambadaridis   31'
  • Krolicki   117'
Report
Attendance: 501
Referee: Lara Lee
21 July 2022 Bonnyrigg White Eagles (3)0–5 Oakleigh Cannons (2) Bonnyrigg Sports Ground, Sydney
19:30 Report
Attendance: 856
Referee: Shane Skinner
21 July 2022 Mindil Aces (2)0–6 Avondale FC (2) Darwin Football Stadium, Darwin
19:30
(19:00 UTC+9:30)
Report
Attendance: 1,043
Referee: Casey Reibelt
21 July 2022 Armadale SC (2)2–5 Modbury Jets (3) Alfred Skeet Reserve, Perth
20:30
(18:30 UTC+8)
Report
Attendance: 570
Referee: Jack Morgan
27 July 2022 Heidelberg United (2)1–3 Brisbane Roar (1) Olympic Village, Melbourne
19:30
Report
Attendance: 1,937
Referee: Alex King
27 July 2022 Brisbane City (2) 3–1Cockburn City (2)Perry Park, Brisbane
19:30
Report
Attendance: 762
Referee: Alireza Faghani
27 July 2022 Adelaide City (2) 1–0Logan Lightning (2)Marden Sports Complex, Adelaide
19:30
(19:00 UTC+9:30)
Report Attendance: 600
Referee: Sam Kelly
27 July 2022 Wollongong United (6)2–3 Green Gully (2) Ian McLennan Park, Wollongong
19:30
Report
Attendance: 1,355
Referee: Stephen Lucas
30 July 2022 Magpies Crusaders United (3)0–6 Macarthur FC (1) BB Print Stadium, Mackay
17:30 Report
Attendance: 1,141
Referee: Adam Kersey
30 July 2022 Newcastle Jets (1)0–2 Adelaide United (1) McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
19:30 Report
Attendance: 4,439
Referee: Kurt Ams
31 July 2022 Sydney FC (1) 3–3 (a.e.t.)
(3–1 p)
Central Coast Mariners (1)Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
16:00
Report
Attendance: 3,211
Referee: Tim Danaskos
Penalties
2 August 2022 Newcastle Olympic (2)0–1 Melbourne City (1) No. 2 Sportsground, Newcastle
19:30 Report
Attendance: 1,412
Referee: Adam Bavcar
3 August 2022 Peninsula Power (2) 4–1NWS Spirit (3)A.J. Kelly Park, Brisbane
19:30
Report
Attendance: 750
Referee: Daniel Cook
3 August 2022 Devonport City (2)0–4 Wellington Phoenix (1) Valley Road Ground, Devonport
19:30 Report
Attendance: 1,550
Referee: Lachlan Keevers
3 August 2022 Sydney United 58 (2) 3–0Monaro Panthers (2)Sydney United Sports Centre, Sydney
19:30
Report Attendance: 526
Referee: Jonathan Barreiro
3 August 2022 Western United (1) 2–1Melbourne Victory (1)AAMI Park, Melbourne
19:30
Report
Attendance: 3,670
Referee: Chris Beath

Round of 16Edit

The round of 16 draw took place on 3 August 2022.[6] The lowest ranked side that qualified for this round was Modbury Jets. They were the only level 3 team left in the competition.

Times are AEST (UTC+10), as listed by Football Australia (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

10 August 2022 Modbury Jets (3)0–4 Macarthur FC (1) ServiceFM Stadium, Adelaide
19:30
(19:00 UTC+9:30)
Report
Attendance: 1,080
Referee: Jack Morgan
10 August 2022 Bentleigh Greens (2)1–2 Sydney FC (1) Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Melbourne
19:30
Report
Attendance: 911
Referee: Shaun Evans
14 August 2022 Sydney United 58 (2) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(4–3 p)
Western United (1)Sydney United Sports Centre, Sydney
14:00
Report
Attendance: 1,358
Referee: Stephen Lucas
Penalties
14 August 2022 Peninsula Power (2) 2–1Green Gully (2)A.J. Kelly Park, Brisbane
16:00
Report
Attendance: 1,190
Referee: Casey Reibelt
17 August 2022 Adelaide City (2)2–2 (a.e.t.)
(1–4 p)
Adelaide United (1) ServiceFM Stadium, Adelaide
19:30
(19:00 UTC+9:30)
Report
Attendance: 3,327
Referee: Daniel Elder
Penalties
17 August 2022 Melbourne City (1)1–2 Wellington Phoenix (1) Casey Fields, Melbourne
19:30
Report
Attendance: 2,067
Referee: Kurt Ams
17 August 2022 Oakleigh Cannons (2) 5–3 (a.e.t.)Brisbane City (2)Jack Edwards Reserve, Melbourne
19:30
Report
Attendance: 650
Referee: Tim Danaskos
17 August 2022 Avondale FC (2)2–2 (a.e.t.)
(1–4 p)
Brisbane Roar (1) ABD Stadium, Melbourne
19:30
Report
Attendance: 500
Referee: Ben Abraham
Penalties

Quarter-finalsEdit

The quarter-finals draw took place on 17 August 2022. The lowest ranked sides that qualified for this round were Oakleigh Cannons, Peninsula Power and Sydney United 58. They were the only level 2 teams left in the competition.

Times are AEST (UTC+10), as listed by Football Australia (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

28 August 2022 Peninsula Power (2)0–1 Sydney United 58 (2) A.J. Kelly Park, Brisbane
15:00 Report Attendance: 1,500
Referee: Chris Beath
31 August 2022 Oakleigh Cannons (2) 2–1Sydney FC (1)Jack Edwards Reserve, Melbourne
19:30
Report
Attendance: 2,142
Referee: Jonathan Barreiro
31 August 2022 Adelaide United (1)1–2 Brisbane Roar (1) ServiceFM Stadium, Adelaide
19:30
(19:00 UTC+9:30)
Report
Attendance: 2,511
Referee: Tim Danaskos
31 August 2022 Macarthur FC (1) 2–0Wellington Phoenix (1)Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney
19:30
Report Attendance: 1,521
Referee: Daniel Elder

Semi-finalsEdit

The semi-finals draw took place on 31 August 2022. The lowest ranked sides that qualified for this round were Oakleigh Cannons and Sydney United 58. They were the only level 2 teams left in the competition.

11 September 2022 Sydney United 58 (2) 3–2 (a.e.t.)Brisbane Roar (1)Sydney United Sports Centre, Sydney
14:00
Report
Attendance: 3,177
Referee: Adam Kersey
14 September 2022 Oakleigh Cannons (2)2–5 Macarthur FC (1) Jack Edwards Reserve, Melbourne
19:30
Report
Attendance: 5,200
Referee: Lachlan Keevers

FinalEdit

Sydney United 580–2Macarthur FC
Report
Attendance: 16,641
Referee: Daniel Elder

Top goalscorersEdit

Rank Player Club Goals
1   Al Hassan Toure Macarthur FC 5
2   Liam Boland Avondale FC 4
  Joe Guest Oakleigh Cannons
4   Daniel Arzani Macarthur FC 3
  Ulises Dávila Macarthur FC
  Wade Dekker Oakleigh Cannons
  Yuta Hirayama Brisbane City
  Lachlan Rose Macarthur FC
  Ben Waine Wellington Phoenix
10   Patrick Antelmi Sydney United 58 2
  Charlie Austin Brisbane Roar
  Daniel Clark Oakleigh Cannons
  Riku Danzaki Brisbane Roar
  Liston Diaz Avondale FC
  Henry Hore Brisbane Roar
  Josh Hope Green Gully
  Hiroshi Ibusuki Adelaide United
  Adriano Jelenovic Armadale SC
  Malakai Love-Semira Peninsula Power
  Chris Lucas Oakleigh Cannons
  Nicolas Niagioran Oakleigh Cannons
Note
Goals scored in preliminary rounds not included.

Broadcasting rightsEdit

Matches were broadcast through 10 Play and the final was shown live on Network 10.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football Australia CEO James Johnson annouces [sic] FFA Cup will be renamed Australia Cup | FFA Cup". www.theffacup.com.au. 5 February 2022. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  2. ^ Larkin, Steve (11 September 2022). "Sydney United 58 become first NPL club to make Australia Cup final". The Sydney Morning Herald.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  4. ^ "FOOTBALL AUSTRALIA DMC" (PDF). Football Australia. 4 February 2021. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Crunch Australia Cup Playoffs to be played mid-May". Football Australia. 27 April 2022. Retrieved 30 April 2022.
  6. ^ a b "'Adelaide Derby' highlights Australia Cup 2022 Round of 16 draw". Australia Cup. 3 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Australia Cup 2022 Competition Regulations" (PDF). Football Federation Australia. April 2022. p. 73. Retrieved 11 September 2022.
  8. ^ "Final Rounds slot allocations for Australia Cup 2022 confirmed". Football Australia. 23 February 2022. Retrieved 23 February 2022.

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