2014 FFA Cup

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2014 FFA Cup
Country  Australia
 New Zealand
Teams 631
Champions Adelaide United
Runners-up Perth Glory
Matches played 31
Goals scored 94 (3.03 per match)
Attendance 93,820 (3,026 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Sergio Cirio (6 goals)

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]

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

Round and dates[edit]

Round Draw date Match date 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 fund[edit]

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 rounds[edit]

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 2015–16 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]

Teams[edit]

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
Australian Capital Territory Tuggeranong United (2) New South Wales Blacktown City (2) New South Wales Manly United (2) New South Wales South Coast Wolves (2)
New South Wales Sydney Olympic (2) New South Wales Sydney United 58 (2) New South Wales Parramatta FC (3) New South Wales Hakoah Sydney City East (4)
New South Wales Broadmeadow Magic (2) New South Wales South Cardiff (2) Queensland Brisbane Strikers (2) Queensland Far North Queensland (2)
Queensland Olympic FC (2) Queensland Palm Beach (2) South Australia Adelaide City (2) Tasmania South Hobart (2)
Victoria (Australia) Bentleigh Greens (2) Victoria (Australia) Melbourne Knights (2) Victoria (Australia) South Springvale (4) Victoria (Australia) St Albans Saints (3)
Western Australia Bayswater City (2) Western Australia Stirling Lions (2)

Draw[edit]

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]

Bracket[edit]

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 32[edit]

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. As a result of their loss to Adelaide City, Western Sydney Wanderers became the first A-League club to be eliminated by a member federation club.

All times listed below are at AEST

Round of 16[edit]

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


Quarter-finals[edit]

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


Semi-finals[edit]

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


Final[edit]

All times listed below are at AEDT

16 December 2014
19:30
Adelaide United (1) 1–0 Perth Glory (1)
Cirio Goal 67' Report
Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 16,142
Referee: Chris Beath

Top goalscorers[edit]

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

Note: Goals scored in preliminary rounds not included.

Broadcasting rights[edit]

The live television rights for the competition are held by the subscription channel Fox Sports, who broadcast 10 games live.[13] These matches were televised live by Fox Sports:

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 All matches
Semi-finals All matches
Final All matches

Match ball[edit]

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

References[edit]

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