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2015 FFA Cup
Tournament details
Country Australia
 New Zealand
Dates14 February – 7 November 2015
Final positions
ChampionsMelbourne Victory (1st title)
Runner-upPerth Glory
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored105 (3.39 per match)
Attendance113,803 (3,671 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Aaron Mooy (6 goals)
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The 2015 FFA Cup was the second season of the FFA Cup, the main national soccer knockout cup competition in Australia. 32 teams began competition in the competition proper (from the round of 32),[1] including all 10 A-League teams, the reigning National Premier Leagues Champion (North Eastern MetroStars from South Australia), and 21 Football Federation Australia (FFA) member federation teams determined through individual state-based preliminary rounds.[1] 2015 marks the first season in which teams from all nine FFA member federations participate, with the Northern Territory participating for the first time.[2]

Football Federation Australia announced in February 2015 that most of the games from the round of 32 onwards would be played on a Tuesday or Wednesday, with the final held on Saturday 7 November.[3]

The winner of the FFA Cup, Melbourne Victory, received $50,000 as part of a total prize money pool of $131,000.[4] The defending champions, Adelaide United, were knocked out in the Quarter-final stage of the competition.[5]

Round and dates[edit]

Round Draw date Match date Number of fixtures Teams New entries this round
Preliminary rounds Various 14 February–28 June 2015 619 + 104 byes 648 → 32 637
Round of 32 1 July 2015 29 July–11 August 2015 16 32 → 16 11
Round of 16 12 August 2015 26 August–1 September 2015 8 16 → 8 none
Quarter-finals 1 September 2015 22–30 September 2015 4 8 → 4 none
Semi-finals 29 September 2015 20–28 October 2015 2 4 → 2 none
Final 27 October 2015 7 November 2015 1 2 → 1 none

Prize fund[edit]

Round No. of Clubs
receive fund
Prize fund[4]
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

In addition, a further $2,500 was donated from sponsor NAB to Member Federation clubs for each goal scored by them against an A-League opposition.[6] Three clubs received donations – Rockdale City Suns ($5,000), Darwin Olympic ($2,500) and Edgeworth FC ($2,500).

Preliminary rounds[edit]

FFA member federations teams competed in various state-based preliminary rounds to win one of 21 places in the competition proper (round of 32). All Australian clubs were eligible to enter the qualifying process through their respective FFA member federation; however, only one team per club was permitted entry in the competition. All nine FFA member federations took part in the tournament, with the Northern Territory participating for the first time.[7] Player registration numbers in each jurisdiction were used to determine the number of qualifying teams for each member federation:

  • NSW had five teams qualify.
  • Queensland have four teams qualify.
  • Victoria have four teams qualify.
  • Northern NSW have two teams qualify.
  • Western Australia have two teams qualify.
  • ACT have one team qualify.
  • Northern Territory have one team qualify.
  • South Australia have one team qualify.
  • Tasmania have one team qualify.

Unlike the previous season, this competition's preliminary rounds operated within a consistent national structure whereby club entry into the competition were staggered in each state or territory, ultimately leading to a seventh and final round, with the winning clubs from that round gaining direct entry into the round of 32. The first matches of the preliminary rounds began on 14 February 2015, and the final matches of the preliminary rounds took place on 28 June 2015.


A total of 32 teams participated in the 2015 FFA Cup competition proper, ten of which came from the A-League, one the 2014 National Premier Leagues Champion (North Eastern MetroStars from South Australia),[1] and the remaining 21 teams from FFA member federations, as determined by the preliminary rounds.[8] A-League clubs represent the highest level in the Australian league system, whereas member federation clubs come from Level 2 and below. The current season tier of member federation clubs is shown in parentheses.

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 Gungahlin United (2) New South Wales Blacktown City (2) New South Wales Rockdale City Suns (2) New South Wales Sydney Olympic (2)
New South Wales Sydney United 58 (2) New South Wales Balmain Tigers (4) New South Wales Broadmeadow Magic (2) New South Wales Edgeworth FC (2)
Northern Territory Darwin Olympic (2) Queensland Brisbane Strikers (2) Queensland Far North Queensland (2) Queensland Palm Beach (2)
Queensland Queensland Lions (3) South Australia Croydon Kings (2) South Australia North Eastern MetroStars (2) Tasmania South Hobart (2)
Victoria (state) Heidelberg United (2) Victoria (state) Hume City (2) Victoria (state) Oakleigh Cannons (2) Victoria (state) South Melbourne (2)
Western Australia Perth SC (2) Western Australia Sorrento FC (2)


As with the previous season, teams were allocated into one of three pots for the FFA Cup Round of 32 draw. Pot A included the four A-League teams to reach the semi-finals of the 2014–15 A-League finals series (Melbourne Victory, Sydney FC, Adelaide United and Melbourne City), Pot B included the remaining six A-League teams, and Pot C contained the 2014 National Premier Leagues Champion and the 21 member federation teams which qualified via the preliminary rounds. Teams were drawn randomly into pre-determined positions. For the round of 16, Quarter-finals and Semi-finals, teams were allocated into two pots: The remaining A-League teams into one pot, and the remaining member federation teams into the other. In each draw, teams were drawn randomly into pre-determined positions.[9]


Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
Hume City (a.e.t.) 4
Brisbane Strikers 3 Hume City 3
Gungahlin United 0 Sydney Olympic 1
Sydney Olympic 1 Hume City (a.e.t.) 3
Blacktown City 1 Oakleigh Cannons 2
North Eastern MetroStars 2 North Eastern MetroStars 0
Oakleigh Cannons (p) 1 (5) Oakleigh Cannons 1
Far North Queensland 1 (4) Hume City 0
Rockdale City Suns 3 Melbourne Victory 3
Perth SC 1 Rockdale City Suns 2
Balmain Tigers 0 Melbourne Victory 3
Melbourne Victory 6 Melbourne Victory 3
Darwin Olympic 1 Adelaide United 1
Adelaide United 6 Adelaide United (a.e.t.) 2
Sorrento FC 0 Sydney FC 1
Sydney FC 2 Melbourne Victory 2
Croydon Kings 1 Perth Glory 0
Queensland Lions 2 Queensland Lions 0
Newcastle Jets 2 (3) Perth Glory (a.e.t.) 1
Perth Glory (p) 2 (4) Perth Glory (p) 1 (4)
Palm Beach (p) 1 (8) Western Sydney Wanderers 1 (2)
South Melbourne 1 (7) Palm Beach 0
Western Sydney Wanderers 1 Western Sydney Wanderers 2
Brisbane Roar 0 Perth Glory 3
Broadmeadow Magic 1 Melbourne City 1
Heidelberg United 3 Heidelberg United 2
Sydney United 58 (p) 3 (3) Sydney United 58 0
South Hobart 3 (1) Heidelberg United 0
Edgeworth FC 1 Melbourne City 5
Melbourne City 2 Melbourne City 5
Central Coast Mariners 0 Wellington Phoenix 1
Wellington Phoenix 1

Round of 32[edit]

The Round of 32 draw took place on 1 July 2015. The lowest ranked side that qualified for this round were the Balmain Tigers. They were the only level 4 team left in the competition.

All times listed below are at AEST

29 July 2015 Palm Beach (2) 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(8–7 p)
South Melbourne (2)Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
  • Matk 38' (pen.)
Attendance: 1,638
Referee: Nathan MacDonald
29 July 2015 Broadmeadow Magic (2)1–3 Heidelberg United (2) Magic Park, Newcastle
Report Attendance: 1,342
Referee: Chris Young
29 July 2015 Blacktown City (2)1–2 North Eastern MetroStars (2) Lily Homes Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 875
Referee: David Bruce
29 July 2015 Hume City (2) 4–3 (a.e.t.)Brisbane Strikers (2)ABD Stadium, Melbourne
Attendance: 853
Referee: Jonathan Barreiro
4 August 2015 Balmain Tigers (4)0–6 Melbourne Victory (1) Leichhardt Oval, Sydney
19:30 Report Attendance: 4,849
Referee: Steve Lucas
4 August 2015 Gungahlin United (2)0–1 Sydney Olympic (2) Gungahlin Enclosed Oval, Canberra
19:30 Report Attendance: 1,603
Referee: Rebecca Durcau
4 August 2015 Sydney United 58 (2) 3–3 (a.e.t.)
(3–1 p)
South Hobart (2)Sydney United Sports Centre, Sydney
Attendance: 350
Referee: Luke Withell
4 August 2015 Edgeworth FC (2)1–2 Melbourne City (1) Magic Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 2,430
Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
5 August 2015 Sorrento FC (2)0–2 Sydney FC (1) nib Stadium, Perth
20:30 Report
Attendance: 3,485
Referee: Adam Fielding
5 August 2015 Darwin Olympic (2)1–6 Adelaide United (1) Darwin Football Stadium, Darwin
20:30 Report
Attendance: 3,175
Referee: Lucien Laverdure
5 August 2015 Croydon Kings (2)1–2 Queensland Lions (3) Elite Systems Football Centre, Adelaide
Attendance: 980
Referee: Daniel Elder
11 August 2015 Central Coast Mariners (1)0–1 Wellington Phoenix (1) Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
19:30 Report
Attendance: 6,111
Referee: Steve Lucas

Round of 16[edit]

The Round of 16 draw took place on 12 August 2015. The lowest ranked side that qualified for this round were the Queensland Lions. They were the only level 3 team left in the competition.

All times listed below are at AEST

26 August 2015 Adelaide United (1) 2–1 (a.e.t.)Sydney FC (1)Coopers Stadium, Adelaide
Attendance: 5,066
Referee: Shaun Evans
26 August 2015 Melbourne City (1) 5–1Wellington Phoenix (1)AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 4,027
Referee: Lucien Laverdure
26 August 2015 Heidelberg United (2) 2–0Sydney United 58 (2)Olympic Village, Melbourne
19:30 Report Attendance: 2,270
Referee: Patrick Chaplin
26 August 2015 Queensland Lions (3)0–1 (a.e.t.) Perth Glory (1) Perry Park, Brisbane
19:30 Report
Attendance: 2,550
Referee: Peter Green
1 September 2015 Hume City (2) 3–1Sydney Olympic (2)ABD Stadium, Melbourne
Report Attendance: 1,625
Referee: Jonathan Barreiro
1 September 2015 North Eastern MetroStars (2)0–1 Oakleigh Cannons (2) Elite Systems Football Centre, Adelaide
19:30 Report Attendance: 1,218
Referee: Rick Schneider
1 September 2015 Rockdale City Suns (2)2–3 Melbourne Victory (1) Jubilee Oval, Sydney
Attendance: 4,165
Referee: Katie Patterson
1 September 2015 Palm Beach (2)0–2 Western Sydney Wanderers (1) Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
19:30 Report
Attendance: 1,794
Referee: Alan Milliner


The Quarter-final draw took place on 1 September.[10] The lowest ranked sides that qualified for this round were Heidelberg United, Hume City and Oakleigh Cannons. They were the only level 2 teams left in the competition.

All times listed below are at AEST

22 September 2015 Melbourne Victory (1) 3–1Adelaide United (1)AAMI Park, Melbourne
Attendance: 10,521
Referee: Peter Green
22 September 2015 Hume City (2) 3–2 (a.e.t.)Oakleigh Cannons (2)ABD Stadium, Melbourne
Report Attendance: 1,504
Referee: Adam Fielding
29 September 2015 Heidelberg United (2)0–5 Melbourne City (1) Olympic Village, Melbourne
20:00 Report
Attendance: 11,372
Referee: Strebre Delovski


The Semi-final draw took place on 29 September.[11] The lowest ranked side that qualified for this round was Hume City, who were the only level 2 team left in the competition.

All times listed below are at AEDT

21 October 2015 Perth Glory (1) 3–1Melbourne City (1)nib Stadium, Perth
Attendance: 4,165
Referee: Shaun Evans
28 October 2015 Hume City (2)0–3 Melbourne Victory (1) AAMI Park, Melbourne
19:30 Report
Attendance: 6,575
Referee: Ben Williams


All times listed below are at AEDT

Melbourne Victory (1)2–0Perth Glory (1)
Attendance: 15,098
Referee: Ben Williams

Top goalscorers[edit]

Rank Player Club Goals
1 Australia Aaron Mooy Melbourne City 6
2 Albania Besart Berisha Melbourne Victory 5
3 Australia Marcus Schroen Hume City 4
4 New Zealand Kosta Barbarouses Melbourne Victory 3
Uruguay Bruno Fornaroli Melbourne City
Australia Theo Markelis Hume City
7 Argentina Marcelo Carrusca Adelaide United 2
Spain Dimas Western Sydney Wanderers
Australia Chris Harold Perth Glory
England Daniel Heffernan Heidelberg United
Australia Marko Ješić Rockdale City Suns
Serbia Nebojša Marinković Perth Glory
Australia Panny Nikas Sydney United 58
Australia Dean Piemonte Oakleigh Cannons
Spain Pablo Sánchez Adelaide United

Note: Goals scored in preliminary rounds not included.

FFA Cup All-Star Team[edit]

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Australia Ante Covic, Perth Glory Australia Leigh Broxham, Melbourne Victory
France Matthieu Delpierre, Melbourne Victory
Australia Dino Djulbic, Perth Glory
Australia Matthew Foschini, Oakleigh Cannons
Serbia Nebojša Marinković, Perth Glory
Australia Aaron Mooy, Melbourne City
Hungary György Sándor, Perth Glory
Albania Besart Berisha, Melbourne Victory
Australia Marcus Schroen, Hume City
Australia Theo Markelis, Hume City


Broadcasting rights[edit]

The live television rights for the competition were held by the subscription network Fox Sports, who broadcast 11 games live, with live updates and crosses from a single camera at the concurrent matches for goals and highlights.[13] Games not broadcast on Fox Sports were streamed live via their online services.[14] These matches were televised live by Fox Sports:

Round Live broadcast matches
Round of 32 Palm Beach vs South Melbourne[15]
Balmain Tigers vs Melbourne Victory[15]
Sorrento FC vs Sydney FC[15]
Western Sydney Wanderers vs Brisbane Roar[15]
Round of 16 Adelaide United vs Sydney FC[16]
Rockdale City Suns vs Melbourne Victory[16]
Quarter-finals Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide United
Heidelberg United vs Melbourne City[10]
Semi-finals and Final All matches


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