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Record Entry Expected Nationwide For Westfield FFA Cup
Victoria's enthusiasm for the Westfield FFA Cup has followed a national trend towards record entry in the competition's third year.
The draw for the Victorian Qualifying Round and Round 1 was held this week ahead of action set to start on the weekend of February 20-21, 2016.
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Victoria has 203 entries in this year's competition, with 32 hailing from PS4 NPL Victoria, 162 from Zagame's State Leagues or FFV Metropolitan Leagues and nine from Regional Affiliate Leagues.
This year the number of clubs nationwide is expected to pass last year's total of 638.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) CEO David Gallop has warmly welcomed the increased interest from grassroots clubs and the semi-professional clubs in the Westfield FFA Cup Preliminary Rounds.
“The Westfield FFA Cup has captured the imagination of the Australian football community as local clubs from around the country dare to dream of going on a magical Cup run with the possibility of making it all the way through to the coveted Round of 32 and the chance of facing a Hyundai A-League club,” Mr Gallop said.
“Already in its two years of existence the Westfield FFA Cup has thrown up some amazing drama and upsets, both in the early and latter stages of the competition, and I think it’s fair to say clubs and players alike have a genuine excitement about the unpredictable nature of the knockout Cup format.”
As grassroots clubs prepare to kick-off their opening Westfield FFA Cup rounds, Gallop also acknowledged the efforts of all nine Member Federations in the promotion, coordination and organisation of the Cup’s Preliminary Rounds in their respective State/Territories.
“The Westfield FFA Cup is just one of many competitions and leagues Member Federation staff are responsible for administering, and the tireless work they and the hundreds of club volunteers around the country do to register clubs, schedule matches and oversee all aspects of the game is often unheralded,” said Gallop.
“This year’s Westfield FFA Cup promises to be another compelling advertisement for football around Australia as it continues in its unique nature of bringing together and bridging the gap between the professional tier and the grassroots.”
The final number of registered clubs plus draw and match dates for the Preliminary Rounds in all States and Territories will be confirmed in the coming weeks.