Dockerty Cup

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Dockerty Cup
Organising body Football Federation Victoria
Founded 1909; 109 years ago (1909)
Region Victoria
Number of teams 217 (in 2018)
Qualifier for FFA Cup
Domestic cup(s) FFV Community Shield
Current champions Bentleigh Greens (2nd title)
Most successful club(s) Melbourne Knights
(9 titles)
Television broadcasters Facebook Live
Website Football Federation Victoria
2018 Dockerty Cup

The Dockerty Cup (also occasionally spelled erroneously as Docherty Cup[1][2]) is an annual association football knock-out competition held between clubs in Victoria, Australia.

Open to all Victorian clubs across the state football league system, the tournament is named after Harry Dockerty, former president of Football Federation Victoria.[3]

The competition was in recess since from 1996 until 2011, with the exception of 2004. A Victorian cup competition was reintroduced in 2011, known as the Mirabella Cup due to naming rights sponsorship, with a new trophy. That arrangement lasted only one season, with the competition being named the Statewide Knockout Cup in 2012 and 2013. However, in both years, the winner was awarded with the Dockerty Cup trophy.[4][5]

From 2014 onwards, the Dockerty Cup is also a qualifying competition for the FFA Cup.

Competition format[edit]

The competition acts a classic single-elimination knock-out tournament, with one team progressing from each tie to the next round. Each Victorian club, from the Metropolitan and State Leagues to the National Premier League are eligible to compete, with the exception of NPL2 sides Melbourne Victory Youth and Melbourne City Youth.

Fixtures for each round are determined by a random draw, with teams entering the tournament on a staggered basis, depending on their respective positions in the league hierarchy. The team drawn first hosts the match, with the final being held at a neutral venue. No replays are utilised in the Dockerty Cup, with a drawn match going to 30 minutes of extra time and eventually a penalty shoot-out if necessary.

From 2014, the tournament has also served as a qualifier for the FFA Cup round of 32, with the four semi-finalists serving as Victoria's representatives in the national competition.

The format was altered in 2018 due to Heidelberg United not participating in the preliminary rounds, as they had already qualified into the FFA Cup as 2017 National Premier Leagues champions.[6] They entered into the dockerty Cup in a playoff round prior to the semi-finals.

Current cup competitions 2014-onwards[edit]

Competition and Year Winner Score Runner-up FFA Cup Qualification Qualifiers
2014 Dockerty Cup Melbourne Knights 1–0 (aet) South Springvale 2014 FFA Cup preliminary rounds Bentleigh Greens, Melbourne Knights,
South Springvale, St Albans Saints
2015 Dockerty Cup South Melbourne 3–0 Oakleigh Cannons 2015 FFA Cup preliminary rounds Heidelberg United, Hume City,
Oakleigh Cannons, South Melbourne
2016 Dockerty Cup Bentleigh Greens 1–0 (aet) Green Gully 2016 FFA Cup preliminary rounds Bentleigh Greens, Green Gully,
Hume City, Melbourne Knights
2017 Dockerty Cup Heidelberg United 1–1 (aet)
5–4 (pens)
Bentleigh Greens 2017 FFA Cup preliminary rounds Bentleigh Greens, Heidelberg United,
Hume City, South Melbourne
2018 Dockerty Cup Bentleigh Greens 2–0 Heidelberg United 2018 FFA Cup preliminary rounds Avondale, Bentleigh Greens, Heidelberg United, 1
Northcote City, Port Melbourne


Overall list of champions[edit]

1 Finalists : game abandoned
2 won on replay, after original match was drawn.
3 Awarded upon successful protest, after Melbourne Croatia had won the match 4–3, but had fielded an ineligible player.[7][8][9]

Most Wins[edit]

Teams Wins Year(s)
Melbourne Croatia 9 1968, 1969, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1996, 2014
South Melbourne 8 1974, 1975, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2015
Melbourne Hakoah 8 1935, 1945, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1966, 1973
Brunswick Juventus 5 1960, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1977
Footscray Thistle 5 1919, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1932
Green Gully Cavaliers 4 1981, 1982, 1986, 2013


  1. ^ "Australia - List of Regional Cup Winners". 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  2. ^ "08 Oct 1928 - FOOTBALL. - Trove". 1928-10-08. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  3. ^ Syson, Ian (2012-05-15). "Neos Osmos: Henry John Dockerty, 1882–1965". Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  4. ^ "Match Report Dandenong Thunder Win First State Knockout Cup Via Penalty Shootout".  Retrieved 2016-10-31
  5. ^ "Fleming, Symons claim first Silverware as coaches".  Retrieved 2016-10-31
  6. ^ "Dockerty Cup 2018 Competition Regulations" (PDF). Football Federation Victoria. Retrieved 29 May 2018. 
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  8. ^ "Dockerty Cup". Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  9. ^ Dockerty Cup