Seven clubs to make debut in Round of 32

FFA Cup silhouette

Monday, 26 June 2017

Staff writer
The make up of this year’s Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 is confirmed after the final two entrants were decided in South Australia and the Northern Territory over the weekend.

Seven clubs, including four from leagues below the PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues, will make their maiden appearance in the Westfield FFA Cup Final Rounds as the competition enters the stage when the ten Hyundai A-League clubs join the fold.

The seven new clubs are New South Wales trio APIA Leichhardt Tigers, Bankstown Berries & Hills United, Queensland’s Moreton Bay United & Peninsula Power, Olympia FC Warriors from Tasmania and WA side Western Knights.

Notably, three clubs (Queensland’s FNQ Heat and New South Wales pair Blacktown City & Sydney United 58 FC) have become the only Member Federation sides to qualify for the Round of 32 every year since the Westfield FFA Cup began in 2014.

The last two clubs to book their spot in this year’s Round of 32 were MetroStars, who will make their third straight appearance in the Final Rounds, and Darwin Rovers FC after they prevailed as the Northern Territory’s entrant for the second year running.

The match ups for the Round of 32 will be determined at a draw to be conducted at 3pm (AEST) this Thursday (29 June) at FOX SPORTS studios in Sydney. The draw will be hosted by FOX SPORTS football personality Tara Rushton and conducted by former Socceroos captains Peter Raskopoulos and Charlie Yankos.

The draw will be LIVE on Fox Sports News (Channel 500) and streamed online at www.foxsports.com.au and www.theffacup.com.au.

The Round of 32 draw will see the Hyundai A-League clubs placed into one pot (Pot A), with the Member Federation clubs placed into another pot (Pot B).

The order of the draw, will see balls pulled out of the pots in order to firstly determine the three (3) all Hyundai A-League club matches and nine (9) all Member Federation club parings before the intriguing four (4) Member Federation club v Hyundai A-League club fixtures.

The 16 matches in the Round of 32 will be held over three weeks with four matches per night across four match nights (either Tuesdays or Wednesdays) beginning in the last week of July.

FOX SPORTS will show 11 matches LIVE (one match per match night) while providing coverage and updates as well as LIVE streaming of all non-broadcast matches. Details around the FOX SPORTS broadcast and streaming will be announced closer to the start of the Round of 32.

Westfield FFA Cup 2017 Round of 32 Draw

When: Thursday 29 June 2017

Time: 3:00pm (AEST)

Broadcast: The draw will be LIVE on Fox Sports News (Channel 500) and streamed LIVE on www.foxsports.com.au and www.theffacup.com.au

The draw will be conducted by former Socceroos captains Pater Raskopoulos and Charlie Yankos.

Qualified clubs and numbering for the draw

Pot A (10 Hyundai A-League clubs)

1.Adelaide United, 2.Brisbane Roar FC, 3.Central Coast Mariners, 4.Melbourne City FC, 5.Melbourne Victory, 6.Newcastle Jets, 7.Perth Glory, 8.Sydney FC, 9.Wellington Phoenix, 10.Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Pot B (22 Member Federation clubs)

11.APIA Leichhardt Tigers (NSW), 12.Bankstown Berries (NSW), 13.Bentleigh Greens (VIC), 14.Blacktown City (NSW), 15.Broadmeadow Magic (NNSW), 16.Canberra Olympic (ACT), 17.Darwin Rovers FC (NT), 18.Edgeworth Eagles (NNSW), 19.FNQ Heat (QLD), 20.Gold Coast City (QLD), 21.Hakoah Sydney City East (NSW), 22.Heidelberg United (VIC), 23.Hills United (NSW), 24.Hume City (VIC), 25.MetroStars (SA), 26.Moreton Bay United (QLD), 27.Olympia FC Warriors (TAS), 28.Peninsula Power (QLD), 29.Sorrento (WA), 30.South Melbourne (VIC), 31.Sydney United 58 FC (NSW), 32.Western Knights (WA)

Draw process (Two pots – Pot A & Pot B)

Pot A: 6 balls drawn out one at a time from Pot A (home then away) for the three (3) Hyundai A-League v Hyundai A-League matches.

Pot B: 18 balls drawn out one at a time from Pot B (home then away) for the nine (9) Member Federation v Member Federation matches.

Pot B & A: Remaining balls drawn out one at a time (home from Pot B & then away from Pot A) for the four (4) Member Federation v Hyundai A-League matches.

Round of 32 clubs

Member Federations clubs 3-letter hashtag Twitter handle Website Head Coach
Capital Football
Canberra Olympic #COL @COFC1956 canberraolympic.com.au Frank Cachia
Football Federation South Australia
MetroStars #MET @MetroStarsSC metrostars.com.au Robbie Saraceno
Football Federation NT
Darwin Rovers FC* #DAR @SRDFC Jimmy Culligan
Football NSW
APIA Leichhardt Tigers #ALT @apialeichhardt apiatigers.com Danial Cummins
Bankstown Berries* #BER @BankstownBFC berriesfc.com Perry Moustakas
Blacktown City #BLC @BlacktownCityFC bcfc.com.au Mark Crittenden
Hakoah Sydney City East #HAK @hakoahfc hakoahfc.com.au Gavin Rae
Hills United* #HIL @HillsBrumbies hillsunitedfc.com.au Dan Sheppard
Sydney United 58 FC #SUN @SydUtd58FC sydneyunited58fc.com Mark Rudan
Football Queensland
FNQ Heat #FNQ @FNQHeat fnqfc.com.au Tim Campbell
Gold Coast City #GCC @gccityfc gccfc.com.au Grae Piddick
Moreton Bay United #MBU @MoretonBayUtd moretonbayunited.com Dave Harris
Peninsula Power* #PEN @penpower_fc peninsulapower.com.au Aaron Philp
Football Federation Victoria
Bentleigh Greens #BGR @BentleighGreens bentleighgreens.com.au John Anastasiadis
Heidelberg United #HFC @HUFCWARRIOR hufc.com.au George Katsakis
Hume City #HCI @FCHumeCity humecityfc.com Ufuk Kubilayhan
South Melbourne #SOM @smfc smfc.com.au Chris Taylor
Football West
Sorrento #SOR @Sorrento_FC sorrentofc.com.au Jamie Harnwell
Western Knights* #WKN @WesternKnights westernknights.com.au Trim Morgan
Northern NSW Football
Broadmeadow Magic #BMA @BMagicFC broadmeadowmagic.teamapp.com Ruben Zadkovic
Edgeworth Eagles FC #EDG @EdgeworthFC edgewortheaglesfc.com.au Damian Zane
Football Federation Tasmania
Olympia FC Warriors #OFC @olywarriors hobartolympia.com.au Kenny Weston
Hyundai A-League clubs
Adelaide United #ADL @AdelaideUnited adelaideunited.com.au Marco Kurz
Brisbane Roar FC #BRI @brisbaneroar brisbaneroar.com.au John Aloisi
Central Coast Mariners #CCM @ccmariners ccmariners.com.au Paul Okon
Melbourne City FC #MCY @MelbourneCity melbournecityfc.com.au Warren Joyce
Melbourne Victory #MVC @gomvfc mvfc.com.au Kevin Muscat
Newcastle Jets #NEW @NewcastleJetsFC newcastlejets.com.au Ernie Merrick
Perth Glory #PER @PerthGloryFC perthglory.com.au Kenny Lowe
Sydney FC #SYD @SydneyFC sydneyfc.com Graham Arnold
Wellington Phoenix #WEL @WgtnPhoenixFC wellingtonphoenix.com Darije Kalezić
Western Sydney Wanderers FC #WSW @wswanderersfc wswanderersfc.com.au Tony Popovic

*Club participates in lower division PS4 NPL clubs or non PS4 NPL

 

 

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Record night for the Westfield FFA Cup

Tim Cahill scored the winner in the FFA Cup Final.

Wednesday night’s Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 set new records in more ways than one as the aura around the magic of the Cup continues to rise.

Melbourne City FC’s 1-0 win over Sydney FC in this year’s showpiece event may have brought the Hyundai A-League club its first silverware, but there were also other records that tumbled on a memorable night at AAMI Park.

 

The crowd of 18,751 in attendance set a new mark for the highest attendance at a Westfield FFA Cup match, eclipsing the previous record of 16,124 which came at the inaugural Westfield FFA Cup Final between Adelaide United and Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium in 2014.

 

The high level of interest also resonated around the country with an average of 157,000 people watching the drama unfold on FOX SPORTS. This figure was also the highest rating for a Westfield FFA Cup match.

The Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 also featured three radio broadcasts with ABC Radio, SEN and EON Sports all taking the call as Melbourne City FC were crowned Westfield FFA Cup winners, which saw Tim Cahill win his first Cup Final after being on the losing side in three previous Cup Finals (two FA Cup Finals and one Chinese Cup Final).

Both sets of supporters, particularly those that flew down from Sydney, should also be applauded for the fantastic colour and noise that reverberated around the stadium to create an atmosphere that only football can provide.

After the buzz around the Final, the Westfield FFA Cup can undoubtedly stake a claim to have truly captured the imagination of the Australian sporting public and be entrenched in the Australian sporting landscape.

Bring on the magic of the Cup in 2017!

Football Federation Australia

Important Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 Ticketing Information

Melbourne City takes on Sydney FC in the final of the 2016 Westfield FFA Cup at AAMI Park on November 30.

Melbourne City takes on Sydney FC in the final of the 2016 Westfield FFA Cup at AAMI Park on November 30.

All the important ticketing information you need to know to be there for the final of the 2016 Westfield FFA Cup at AAMI Park.

Match Details:

Melbourne City v Sydney FC
Wednesday 30 November
Venue:
AAMI Park
Gates Open: 6.00pm (AEDT)
Kick Off: 7.30pm (AEDT)

When to purchase:

  • Exclusive Member Window | 12pm (AEDT) Friday 28 October – 8.59am (AEDT) Wednesday 2 November
  • Football Family Booking Window | 12pm (AEDT) Wednesday 2 November – 8.59am (AEDT) Thursday 3 November
  • General Public on sale | 9am (AEDT) Thursday 3 November

Please note, Melbourne City Members and Sydney FC Members are also entitled to purchase additional tickets within the Football Family on sale period. Both pre-sales give access to 10% off the below prices.

How much are tickets?

  • Category A – $70 Adult, $50 Concession, $30 Child, $140 Family
  • Category B – $45 Adult, $30 Concession, $15 Child, $90 Family
  • Category C General Admission (including active support) – $25 Adult, $15 Concession, $5 Child, $50 Family

Note, prices quoted above do not include Ticketek transaction fees.

What is my Password?

Melbourne City and Sydney FC Members have been sent email communication outlining these details. In case you have not received this, Ticketed Members should use your barcode number while Non-Ticketed Members should use your surname plus member number with no spacing.

Football Family Members should use your MFN number.

How do I purchase tickets?

SAME SEAT PURCHASE TICKETING INFORMATION FOR MELBOURNE CITY RESERVED MEMBERS

How do I purchase my same seat?
Click here and select the ‘Westfield FFA Cup Final – Same Seat Members’ option and enter your Member password that was sent via email.

If booking your same seat you will initially receive a receipt for your ticket purchase.

You will then receive an ezyTicket (print at home ticket) via email from Ticketek on Thursday 3 November after tickets go on sale to the general public.

Alternatively, you can select the main event ‘Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016’ option if you do not want to purchase your same seat. You can simply purchase tickets on a next best available basis.

How do I book on behalf of other Reserved Seat Members?
You can enter multiple passwords when booking (up to 10). Please note if you are booking for a group and wanting to sit together in the same seats you have during the Hyundai A-League season; please ensure all passwords are from consecutive seats. You will need to enter your member’s password for each seat you wish to purchase. For example, to book a family ticket you need to enter four consecutively seated barcodes.

How do I purchase additional tickets?
If you are purchasing your own seat and would like to purchase additional tickets, you will need to do so in a separate transaction. Please note additional tickets are unlikely to be next to your Members seat.

To purchase additional tickets, please click here, select the ‘Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016’ option and enter your member password.

You are entitled to purchase up to 10 tickets per membership.

Please note that all Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 information is subject to change. Keep up to date with the latest information at http://www.theffacup.com.au.

Football Federation Australia

AAMI Park to host Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016

FFA Cup Final 2016

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

staff writers
The Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 between Sydney FC and Melbourne City FC will be played at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Wednesday 30 November 2016.

The details of the Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 were announced after Melbourne City FC defeated Melbourne Victory 2-0 in the second Semi Final tonight.

In determining the venue for the third Westfield FFA Cup Final, FFA CEO David Gallop said the decision was based on the objective of providing the best spectacle for the Westfield FFA Cup while fitting it in with the Hyundai A-League schedule to give teams the best possible chance to prepare for the match and as many fans as possible the opportunity to attend.

“FFA would like to congratulate Sydney FC and Melbourne City for claiming a place in the Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016. This year’s competition has again seen a special and unique opportunity to bring together the different parts of the football ecosystem with some outstanding football played,” said Gallop.

“AAMI Park was selected to host the Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 to maximise attendance and broadcast numbers while ensuring the Cup Final is played in a venue that embodies the unique spirit of the competition.

“AAMI Park provides fantastic facilities, which allows fans to create an atmosphere that will ensure another chapter of this great national knockout competition is written.

“By playing the Final on November 30, there will be no disruptions to the Hyundai A-League schedule and it also follows the unique Westfield FFA Cup tradition of matches being played midweek. This also gives the Final some clean air so it can receive the promotion and publicity it deserves.”

Tickets for the Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 will go on sale to Melbourne City FC and Sydney FC members from 12pm this Friday 28 October 2016, while the Football Family pre sale will commence from 12pm Wednesday 2 November. Both Club members and Football Family members will receive 10% off tickets during their pre-sale. General public ticket sales will commence at 9am on Thursday 3 November.

The Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 will be LIVE and exclusive on FOX SPORTS.

Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016

Melbourne City FC v Sydney FC
Wednesday 30 November 2016
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-Off: 7:30pm AEDT

Ticketing Details

On Sale Dates

Melbourne City FC and Sydney FC Member Pre Sale (10% discount) – 12pm Friday 28 October until 8.59am Wednesday 2 November
Football Family Member Pre Sale (10% discount) – 12pm Wednesday 2 November until 8.59am Thursday 3 November
General Public On Sale – 9am Thursday 3 November

Ticket Prices

Category A – $70 Adult, $50 Concession, $30 Child, $140 Family
Category B – $45 Adult, $30 Concession, $15 Child, $90 Family
Category C (including Active Supporter Areas) – $25 Adult, $15 Concession, $5 Child, $50 Family

(transaction fees apply)

Visit www.theffacup.com.au/tickets for full details.

Football Federation Australia

Melbourne set for scintillating Westfield FFA Cup derby

The Westfield FFA Cup match ball

The Westfield FFA Cup match ball

The two football sides of Melbourne will be divided again as the city gears up for a Westfield FFA Cup Semi Final to savour when reigning Cup holders Melbourne Victory take on crosstown rivals Melbourne City FC tomorrow night (Tuesday 25 October) at AAMI Park for a spot in the Cup finale.

The Westfield FFA Cup has thrown up some mouth watering match ups in the competition’s short history but tomorrow night’s Melbourne Derby Semi Final showdown arguably tops the list.

The match, to be shown LIVE and exclusive on FOX SPORTS (Channel 505), will be the first time the fierce adversaries have met in the Westfield FFA Cup, although it will be their second meeting in 10 days after Melbourne City FC inflicted a 4-1 defeat on Kevin Muscat’s team in the Hyundai A-League on 15 October.

Melbourne City FC were bundled out at the Semi Final stage last year by Perth Glory over in Western Australia but this year poses a different proposition with their star studded line up led by Caltex Socceroo Tim Cahill and Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli.

Buoyed by their last gasp win over Adelaide united in the Hyundai A-League last Saturday night, Melbourne Victory are certain to be spurred on by the defence of their Westfield FFA Cup title while also being motivated by a chance of redemption after their loss to City less than a fortnight ago.

Both sides’ Westfield FFA Cup runs to the Semi Finals have been impressive but not without a scare. Melbourne Victory needed a Besart Berisha penalty to overcome Hume City 1-0 in the Round of 16, while Melbourne City FC was forced to come from a goal down to beat Brisbane Strikers 2-1 courtesy of two Fornaroli penalties.

The winner of tomorrow night’s match will go on to meet Sydney FC in the Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016.

The Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 will be held on either 29 or 30 November 2016, with details in regards to the venue and kick-off time to be announced after tomorrow night’s match.

For a more detailed preview as well as further information about the Westfield FFA Cup, visit www.theffacup.com.au

 

Westfield FFA Cup 2016 Semi Finals – Match Day 2

Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City FC

Tuesday 25 October 2016

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-off: 7:30pm local (7:30pm AEDT)

Referee: Shaun Evans

Assistant Referee1Luke Brennan

Assistant Referee2: Wilson Brown

Fourth Official: Jonathan Barreiro

Tickets:Click here for ticketing details

TV Broadcast: 7.00pm (AEDT) Live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 4 (Channel 505)

Radio Broadcast: 774 ABC Melbourne, Grandstand Digital, Online and via the ABC Radio Mobile App

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tags #MelbDerby #FFACup

Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Jason Geria, 4.Nicholas Ansell, 5.Daniel Georgievski, 6.Leigh Broxham, 7.Marco Rojas, 8.Besart Berisha, 11.Mitch Austin, 13.Oliver Bozanic,14.Fahid Ben Khalfallah, 15.Alan Baro, 16.Rashid Mahazi, 17.James Donachie, 19.George Howard, 20.Lawrence Thomas (gk), 21.Carl Valeri, 22.Stefan Nigro, 23.Jai Ingham,25.Sebastian Pasquali, 27.Alastair Bray (gk)

Unavailable: 10.James Troisi (collarbone)

Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Thomas Sorensen (gk), 2.Manny Muscat, 3.Josh Rose, 4.Connor Chapman, 6.Osama Malik, 8.Neil Kilkenny, 9.Nicolas Colazo, 10.Anthony Caceres, 11.Bruce Kamau, 12.Nick Fitzgerald, 14.Daniel Arzani, 17.Tim Cahill, 18.Paulo Retre, 20.Dean Bouzanis (gk), 21.Ruon Tongyik, 22.Michael Jakobsen, 23.Bruno Fornaroli, 26.Luke Brattan, 27.Fernando Brandan

Unavailable: 7.Corey Gameiro (ACL – season), 28.Steve Kuzmanovski (international duty)

 

Football Federation Australia

Westfield FFA Cup preview: Semi Final MD 1

Canberra Olympic star Philipe Bernabo-Madrid and Sydney FC marquee Filip Holosko.

FFA Cup fever has well and truly hit the nation’s capital as fairytale outfit Canberra Olympic look to produce a Cup miracle against rampant Hyundai A-League club Sydney FC in Wednesday night’s first semi final in Canberra.

The semi-final at what will be a chilly Viking Park is a true ‘David vs Goliath’ battle as the plucky part-timers from the ACT – celebrating their diamond anniversary this year – try to produce a Cup shock and make the final.

It’s a huge task ahead for Frank Cachia’s side.

 

The Sky Blues possess a powerful, star-studded squad, are hungry for silverware and have blown away all before them in the first two rounds of the Hyundai A-League season.

Back-to-back 4-0 wins over Western Sydney Wanderers and Central Coast Mariners in the last fortnight shows Sydney FC are in-form and ruthless right now.

Not a great time to be meeting Graham Arnold’s troops. The Bling is back in the Harbour City.

But this is Cup football and as we have seen already this year, anything is possible with the prize a place in the final against either Melbourne Victory or Tim Cahill’s Melbourne City.

As Olympic has shown on their march to the last four – with wins over Surfers Paradise Apollo, Redlands United and Green Gully – they know how to grind out results.

They have a playing group high on camaraderie, doggedness and plenty of talent.

The quarter final win over Green Gully was the perfect example of that. Despite being down to 10-men, their rock-solid defence held firm before they made the most of their opportunity down the other end by converting a stoppage-time penalty for a 1-0 win.

Skipper and goalkeeper Angelo Konstantinou has proved a hero not only between the sticks but also at the other end, scoring two penalties on Olympic’s path to the last four.

He’ll again be crucial to their chances, along with the likes of Jordan Tsekenis, Robbie Cattanach and Bobolas brothers Tim and Nicholas.

And then there’s massive Wanderers fan Philippe Bernabo-Madrid, who wants revenge on the Sky Blues for their massive Sydney Derby win earlier this month.

What a story it would be if he could score the goal to sink Sydney FC!

The hosts are minus long-term absentees Michael John and Callum Smith, but will enter the match having not conceded a goal in their three home fixtures so far in the competition.

For the Sky Blues, it will be interesting to see if they can carry their sensational Hyundai A-League form into the Cup.

They have been professional and clinical in the competition so far and Arnold will ensure there’s no room for complacency in the nation’s capital.

Skipper Alex Brosque is expected to make his first start of the campaign after scoring off the bench twice in the opening two rounds of the A-League, while Bernie Ibini should get his first game time on his return to the club.

With Filip Holosko, Milos Ninkovic, Bobo, Brandon O’Neill and David Carney also in excellent touch, Sydney is deservedly raging favourites.

Sydney FC are no strangers to Canberra having played pre-season friendlies against Belconnen United and Canberra FC in recent years, but this will be their first competitive visit.

Will their quality be enough to get them over the line or can Olympic throw the form book out the window and produce the biggest win in theirs – and FFA Cup – history?

 

Football Federation Australia

 

How to get around the FFA Cup Semis!

FFA Cup on Fox Sports

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

staff writers
Down to the last four! Here are all of the ways to stay across both Semi Finals so you don’t miss a minute.

Westfield FFA Cup fever has gripped the nation’s capital as local club Canberra Olympic prepares to take centre stage and represent the region when they do battle with Hyundai A-League heavyweights Sydney FC for a spot in the Westfield FFA Cup Final at Viking Park.

Then next Tuesday night it’s the first ever derby featuring Melbourne’s two Hyundai A-League clubs as reigning Cup holders Melbourne Victory face fierce crosstown rivals Melbourne City FC.

Here are all of the ways to be part of the #MagicOfTheCup.

GO TO THE GAME

Go and watch the theatre of knockout Cup football first hand! If you’re in the vicinity of Canberra or Melbourne, drag the mates or the family along and get amongst it.

WATCH IT ON FOX SPORTS

If you can’t get to the game, the next best place to ensure you don’t miss a minute of the action is to watch FOX SPORTS.  FOX SPORTS 4 (Channel 505) will have all of the action of both Semi Finals. Coverage starts at 7.0 0pm AEDT.

SOCIAL MEDIA

There will be LIVE updates for both Semi Finals on the Westfield FFA Cup Twitter channel @FFACup , while you can also follow each of the matches on the official match centres and get half time and full time updates on the competition’s official Facebook page .

LISTEN ON RADIO

Catch the opening Semi Final from the nation’s capital on 666 ABC Canberra, Grandstand Digital, online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App.

Radio broadcast details for the second Semi Final at AAMI Park will be confirmed closer to the date of the game.

Go on, get around it!

Westfield FFA Cup 2016 Semi Finals

Canberra Olympic v Sydney FC
Wednesday 19 October 2016
Viking Park, Wanniassa
Kick-off:
7:30pm local (7:30pm AEDT)

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

Click here to go to the official Match Centre

TV Broadcast: 7.00pm (AEDT) Live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 4 (Channel 505)

Radio Broadcast: 666 ABC Canberra, Grandstand Digital, online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App

Twitter: Follow the match and join the conversation using the hash-tags #COLvSYD #FFACup

Twitter handles to follow: @FFACup @COFC1956 @SydneyFC

 

Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City FC
Tuesday 25 October 2016
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off:
7:30pm local (7:30pm AEDT)

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

Click here to go to the official Match Centre

TV Broadcast: 7.00pm (AEDT) Live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 4 (Channel 505)

Radio Broadcast: TBC

Twitter: Follow the match and join the conversation using the hash-tags #MVCvMCY #FFACup

Twitter handles to follow: @FFACup @gomvfc @MelbourneCity

Football Federation Australia

The Westfield FFA Cup Semi-Final fixtures were confirmed on Tuesday night

The Westfield FFA Cup Semi-Final fixtures were confirmed on Tuesday night.

The Westfield FFA Cup 2016 Semi Finals will feature a Melbourne Derby and a mouth-watering Cup tie in the nation’s capital after the draw was conducted on FOX SPORTS following tonight’s Quarter Finals.

Reigning Westfield FFA Cup holders Melbourne Victory will reignite their fierce crosstown rivalry with Melbourne City FC, while Canberra Olympic will host Graham Arnold’s star studded Sydney FC in the other Semi Final.  https://twitter.com/gomvfc/status/780733456682668034

Melbourne Victory booked their spot in the last four earlier tonight as they accounted for Bentleigh Greens 3-0, and Canberra Olympic became the solitary Member Federation club remaining in the competition courtesy of a dramatic last gasp 1-0 win over Green Gully.

The Westfield FFA Cup 2016 Semi Finals will comprise two match nights with one match per night on either of the following dates – 18/19/25/26 October 2016.

Both Semi Finals will be LIVE and exclusive on FOX SPORTS.

The specific match details in regards to the dates, venues and kick-off times will be announced in the coming days.

 

Football Federation Australia

Preview: Westfield FFA Cup Quarter Finals MD 2

The Westfield FFA Cup match ball

The Cup is back and this time there’s a Melbourne Derby and a Capital clash as the final two spots in the semis go up for grabs.

MATCH DETAILS

Bentleigh Greens v Melbourne Victory

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, Cheltenham

Kick-off: 7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Referee: Alan Milliner

Assistant Referee 1: Luke Brennan

Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Toth

Fourth Official: Jonathan Barreiro

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

TV Broadcast: 7.00pm (AEST) Live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 4 (Channel 505)

Radio Broadcast: 3XY Radio 1422AM or online at greekmediagroup.com

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tags #BGRvMVC #FFACup

Bentleigh Greens squad: 1.Ryan Scott (gk), 2.Nick Apostolopulos, 5.Jack Webster,6.Liam McCormick, 8.Wayne Wallace, 10.Tyson Holmes, 11.Dion Kirk, 12.Joshua Brindell-South, 14.Kamal Ibrahim, 15.Ross Archibald, 16.Troy Ruthven, 17.John Maclean, 18.Matthew Thurtell, 19.Kieran Dover, 20.Marinos Panayi, 21.Zackery Demetri (gk), 22.Ryan Paczkowski, 23.Naim Delibajric, 24.Luke Pilkington

Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Jason Geria, 3.Scott Galloway, 4.Nicholas Ansell,5.Daniel Georgievski, 6.Leigh Broxham, 7.Marco Rojas, 8.Besart Berisha, 10.James Troisi, 11.Mitch Austin, 13.Oliver Bozanic, 14.Fahid Ben Khalfallah, 15.Alan Baro,16.Rashid Mahazi, 17.James Donachie, 19.George Howard, 20.Lawrence Thomas (gk), 21.Carl Valeri, 22.Stefan Nigro, 23.Jai Ingham, 25.Sebastian Pasquali,27.Alastair Bray (gk), 30.Lucas Spinella (gk)

Bluffer’s Guide

Victoria takes centre stage as PS4 NPL Victorian heavyweights Bentleigh Greens aim to slay the defending Westfield FFA Cup champions.

Could we see an upset of epic proportions Kingston Heath as the part-timers face off with the Hyundai A-League giants in this Melbourne Derby.

On paper, Victory should have little trouble reaching the semi-finals again. They are unbeaten in pre-season, have a star-studded squad and coach Kevin Muscat will ensure they won’t take this easy with the A-League season just around the corner.

If Bentleigh somehow find a way past Victory, it would surely rate as the biggest upset in the competition’s history.

But the Greens have history in the Cup – semi-finalists in 2014 – and as we know, anything can happen in sudden-death football.

John Anastasiadis’ Bentleigh have shown great resilience on their charge to the quarters, with two hard-fought wins on the road.

It took penalties to see off MetroStars in the last 32, while they went to extra-time in the wind and rain in Devonport before accounting for the Strikers 1-0.

They have shown no shortage of character, composure and quality to progress.

With striker Chris Lucas missing through injury, it will be up to the likes of Matt Thurtell, former Melbourne Heart striker Kamal Ibrahim, Troy Ruthven and Tyson Holmes to pick up the attacking slack.

Jack Webster, Josh Brindell-South and Luke Pilkington bring experience and talent to the Greens line-up, too.

Greens’ 3-1 loss to Edgeworth Eagles in the PS4 NPL national finals last week was a blow, but it has allowed them to focus solely on this shot at glory.

For Victory, they’ve come through their pre-season relatively smoothly, winning matches, playing some good football and integrating the new faces into the team seamlessly.

Marco Rojas and James Troisi have added pace and directness to their attack, combining superbly with Fahid Ben Khalfallah, Oliver Bozanic and Co.

And you can’t forget Besart Berisha. The Albanian has scored in the first two rounds to be the competition’s all-time leading scorer and he’ll be the man Bentleigh will want to keep quiet on Tuesday night.

Victory will start as red-hot favourites but you can never rule Bentleigh out. Intriguing viewing it promises to be.


MATCH DETAILS

Canberra Olympic v Green Gully

Tuesday 27 September 2016

Deakin Stadium, Deakin 

Kick-off: 7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Referee: Luke Withell

Assistant Referee 1: Owen Goldrick

Assistant Referee 2: Greg Taylor

Fourth Official: Adam Powers

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

Online Broadcast: Streamed online at www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand, on the FOX SPORTS mobile app for iPhone & Android, and on Apple TV & Telstra TV via the FOX SPORTS NOW app

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Canberra Olympic squad: 1.Angelo Konstantinou (gk), 2.Tim Bobolas, 3.Josh Calabria,4.Daniel Colbertaldo, 5.Phil Yarnold, 6.Jeremy Habtemarium, 7.Patrick Ross-Magee, 8.Bernard Rene, 9.Philippe Bernabo-Madrid, 10.Robbie Cattanach, 11.Michael Reeve, 12.Adam Rogic,13.Ben Basser-Silk, 14.Callum Smith, 15.Tom McLachlan, 16.Adam Neou, 17.Nicholas Bobolas,18.Jordan Tsekenis, 19.Joel Valtonen, 20.Jack Pettit (gk), 21.George Kazolis (gk), 23.Oliver Wiederkher, 24.Daniel Giovinazzo, 99.Victor Yanes

Green Gully squad: 1.Sebastien Mattei (gk), 2.Matthew Reid, 3.Yohai Iwasaki, 4.Daniel Jones, 5.Rodrigo Vargas, 6.Callum Richardson, 7.Tomas Murphy, 8.George Lambadaridis, 9.Anthony Ragusa, 11.Evan Christodoulou, 12.Nicholas Krousoratis, 14.Aaron Ward, 15.Jay Davies, 16.Kliment Taseski, 18.Oner Kucuk, 19.Luke Walker, 21.Charlie McCormick, 23.Mehmet Balci (gk), 38.Liam Boland, Rani Dowisha (gk)

Bluffer’s Guide

This is the biggest night of their respective histories. Which PS4 NPL club will write another fabulous chapter in their Cup fairytale?

Canberra Olympic have shocked plenty to reach the last eight, the first time a Capital Football club has reached this stage of the competition. With the club celebrating their 60th anniversary in 2016, Frank Cachia’s side are making it one to remember with their fearless run through the competition.

Playing in the chilly conditions in the nation’s capital has suited them so far and they’ll hope Deakin Reserve will be their ace up the sleeve as they seek an unlikely spot in the last four.

While a rock-solid defence has been Olympic’s bedrock to their Cup run, the likes of Jordan Tsekenis, Adam Rogic (Socceroo and Celtic star Tom’s brother), Robbie Cattanach and Philippe Bernabo-Madrid mean they also have goals in them.

Just last week Olympic lost 3-2 to the Brisbane Strikers in the PS4 NPL national finals after conceding very late. That disappointment aside, they are match fit, battle-hardened and always confident when playing at home.

In saying all that, Gully are likely to start slight favourites in this one.

Arthur Papas’ outfit have been the giant-slayers of the Cup this season and will be hugely difficult to beat. Who will ever forget Liam Boland’s long-range stunner to sink Central Coast Mariners in the round of 32?

They also knocked off PS4 NPL Victoria rivals Melbourne Knights in the last 16 – with Boland grabbing a double.

In goalkeeper Rani Dowisha, defender Roddy Vargas, Nick Krousoratis, George Lambadaridis and Boland they have talent and experience to call on when the big moment is needed.

And you can’t forget the impact of Cup specialist Papas, who has proved himself a master tactician in this competition.

Who’ll hold their nerve and produce the goods on what is undoubtedly the biggest 90 minutes of these clubs’ histories. This should be a ripper.

 

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Westfield FFA Cup preview: quarter finals MD1

The Westfield FFA Cup ball being used in the third edition of the Cup.

Choi’s boys at Blacktown eye a Cup upset against the big boys from Sydney FC while Melbourne hosts an all-Hyundai A-League blockbuster – the FFA Cup is back with a bang on Wednesday night.

Blacktown City v Sydney FC

Wednesday 21 September 2016

Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park

Kick-off: 7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Referee: Peter Green

Assistant Referee 1: Scott Edeling

Assistant Referee 2: Lance Greenshields

Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

TV Broadcast: 7.00pm (AEST) Live and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 4 (Channel 505)

Radio Broadcast: Alive 90.5 (90.5FM) and online

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tags #BLCvSYD #FFACup

Blacktown City squad: 1.Nenad Vekic (gk), 3.Giorgio Speranza, 4.Roberto Speranza, 6.Matthew Lewis, 7.Travis Major, 8.Sasa Macura, 9.Joseph Gibbs, 10.Connor Evans, 11.Danny Seung-Joo Choi, 12.Jonothan Grozdanovski, 14.Mitchell Mallia, 15.Shayne D’Cunha, 16.Patrick Antelmi, 17.Lewis Beumie, 19.Zachary Cairncross, 21.Riku Sasaki, 40.Tristan Prendergast (gk)

Sydney FC squad: 1.Vedran Janjetovic (gk), 2.Sebastian Ryall, 4.Alex Wilkinson, 5.Matthew Jurman, 6.Josh Brillante, 7.Michael Zullo, 8.Milos Dimitrijevic, 9.Bobo, 10.Milos Ninkovic, 12.Aaron Calver, 13.Brandon O’Neill, 14.Alex Brosque, 17.David Carney, 18.Matt Simon, 20.Danny Vukovic (gk), 21.Filip Holosko, 23.Rhyan Grant, 24.Charles Lokoli Ngoy, 29.Bai Antoniou

Bluffer’s Guide

The Sky Blues are bracing for a tricky test in Sydney’s west with in-form Blacktown City aiming to upstage Hyundai A-League opposition and book a dream Westfield FFA Cup semi-final berth.

And the way City have lit up the Cup, don’t discount a Blacktown fairytale. They blasted their way through the two previous rounds, crushing fellow PS4 NPL NSW clubs Sydney United 58 and Bonnyrigg White Eagles, scoring nine goals in the process.

What’s more, we’ve seen some new Westfield FFA Cup superstars unearthed.

No-one will ever forget Danny Choi’s incredible 70-metre goal against Sydney United, or Patrick Antelmi’s stunning hat-trick in the same match.

It’s no wonder the pair are being linked to Hyundai A-League deals. With the likes of Joey Gibbs, Mitch Mallia, Travis Major, Sasa Macura and Zach Cairncross also in the squad, the Demons are daring to dream.

And why not after winning the PS4 NPL NSW grand final 3-0 against Mark Rudan’s United just over a week ago.

Hoping to burst the bubble of Mark Crittenden’s side is Sydney FC.

Graham Arnold’s troops have improved over the long pre-season and now have the chance to make the semis of the Cup for the first time ever.

While they haven’t been at their dynamic best in the competition so far, the Sky Blues have done enough to dispose of Wollongong Wolves and two-time finalists Perth Glory in the West on the way to the last eight.

Theirs is quality right throughout the Sydney FC side. Marquee striker Bobo should be settled into his new surrounds by now, while the likes of Brosque, Holosko, Ninkovic and Carney possess a real goal threat.

The Sky Blues will start warm favourites, but if City get into their groove, this version of the Sydney Derby should be an absolute beauty.


Melbourne City FC v Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Wednesday 21 September 2016

AAMI Park, Melbourne 

Kick-off: 7:30pm local (7:30pm AEST)

Referee: Jarred Gillett

Assistant Referee 1: Luke Brennan

Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Brown

Fourth Official: Shaun Evans

Tickets: Click here for ticketing details

Online Broadcast: Streamed online at www.foxsports.com.au/football/ffa-cup/ffacupondemand and Apple TV via FOX SPORTS Now

Radio Broadcast: Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM and online

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tags #MCYvWSW #FFACup

Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Thomas Sorensen (gk), 2.Manny Muscat, 3.Josh Rose, 4.Connor Chapman, 6.Osama Malik, 8.Neil Kilkenny, 11.Bruce Kamau, 12.Nick Fitzgerald, 14.Daniel Arzani, 17.Tim Cahill, 18.Paulo Retre, 20.Dean Bouzanis (gk), 21.Ruon Tongyik, 22.Michael Jakobsen, 23.Bruno Fornaroli, 26.Luke Brattan, 28.Steve Kuzmanovski, 29.Anthony Caceres, 27.Fernando Brandan, 34.Denis Genreau, 36.Austin Wong, 35.Bradley Clarke, 30.Connor Metcalfe, 37.Yusuf Ahmed, 38.Jordon Hall

Western Sydney Wanderers FC squad: 1.Jerrad Tyson (gk), 2.Shannon Cole, 4.Nikolai Topor-Stanley, 5.Brendan Hamill, 6.Mitch Nichols, 7.Steven Lustica, 8.Dimas Delgado, 9.Kerem Bulut, 10.Nicolás Martinez, 11.Brendon Santalab, 12.Scott Neville, 13.Bruno Piñtares, 14.Jumpei Kusukami, 15.Kearyn Baccus, 16.Jaushua Sotirio, 17.Aritz Borda, 18.Robert Cornthwaite, 19.Jacob Melling, 20.Andrew Redmayne (gk), 21.Jonathan Aspropotamitis

Bluffer’s Guide

Two of the favourites for the upcoming Hyundai A-League campaign get a chance to land an early psychological blow as well as take a giant stride towards the season’s first piece of silverware.

Add some star power with Tim Cahill and two attack-minded sides and we have a spicy contest to look forward to at AAMI Park.

City has been more workmanlike than wonderful in the Westfield FFA Cup so far, grinding out back-to-back 2-1 wins over Floreat Athena and Brisbane Strikers to make the last eight.

John van ‘t Schip’s side will need to go to a new level to beat the Wanderers.

But City has shown over the last 18 months that when they do click, they are almost unstoppable.

Any side with Cahill, Bruno Fornaroli, Luke Brattan and Anthony Caceres ensure they have the firepower to put any team to the sword.

The unknown remains just how – and if – JVS decides to use Cahill and Fornaroli together in attack.

A youthful City were on the end of a 4-0 drubbing by the Newcastle Jets in a pre-season friendly on Sunday but it will be a very different XI which takes the field on Wednesday night.

The Wanderers embarked on a nine-day tour of Japan to prepare for this clash and the season, as coach Tony Popovic tries to integrate his new faces into his side as quickly as possible.

The early signs have been encouraging with some impressive friendly performances to go with their goal sprees in the Cup so far.

Eight goals in their two previous matches (beating Wellington Phoenix and Edgeworth Eagles) re-enforced the Wanderers will again be one of the teams to watch in 2016/17.

They love to get the ball on the deck and pace through their opponents and the pristine surface at AAMI Park should be to their liking.

With so many options at his disposal, particularly in the front third, it will be interesting to see who Popovic uses from the start.

The exciting additions of Kerem Bulut, Nicolas Martinez and Jumpei Kusukami are a huge bonus for the side and their potential inclusions for this clash will only add to what should be a wonderful match.

It’s difficult to pick a winner but with the likelihood of goals, drama and star talent, you won’t want to miss it.

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