1. How are the slots for the Round of 32 Decided?

Each state and territory is allocated a number of places in the Round of 32, based on the number of registered players in each jurisdiction. Each state and territory decides the qualification route. For example, in some states, this will be the winner of the state- based knockout cup. In other states, all semi-finalists will qualify. 

The final allocation for the Round of 32 comprises:

  • Twenty-two Member Federation Clubs comprising:

Football NSW - 7 Clubs

Football Federation Victoria - 4 Clubs

Football Queensland - 4 Clubs

Football West - 2 Clubs

NNSW Football - 2 Clubs

Capital Football - 1 Club

Football Federation SA - 1 Club

Football Federation Tasmania - 1 Club

Northern Territory will participate in the 2015 FFA Cup

  • All ten Hyundai A-League Clubs.

2. How many Westfield FFA Cup matches will be broadcast live on Fox Sports?

There will be a minimum of 10 matches broadcast on Fox Sports. One Round of 32 match, two Round of 1 matches, and all Quarter Finals, Semi FInals and the Westfield FFA Cup Final.

Fox Sports may elect to broadcast additional Westfield FFA Cup matches from the Round of 32.

The first Westfield FFA Cup match broadcast live on Fox Sports will be on the opening night on Tuesday 29 July 2014. All broadcast matches will kick off at 7:30pm.

3. What are the Qualifying Tournament dates and formats for each State and Territory?

Member Federation Qualifying Tournament Dates Notes
Capital Football The 2013 Federation Cup Champion has been allocated entry into the 2014 FFA Cup due to an inability to complete the 2014 competition prior to the Round of 32 entry deadline Tuggeranong United FC
Football Federation SouthAustralia 15 February 2014-31 May 2014 Single Westfield FFA Cup entrant known on 31 May 2014
Football West 5 April 2014 - 19 July 2014 Two Westfield FFA Cup entrants known on 2 June 2014
Football New South Wales 15 March 2014 -  6 July 2014 Seven Westfield FFA Cup entrants known on 7 June 2014
Football Queensland 11 February 2014 - late July 2014 Four Westfield FFA Cup entrants known on 7 June 2014
Football Federation Victoria 1 March 2014 - 7 September 2014 Four Westfield FFA Cup entrants known on 9 June 2014
Football Federation Tasmania 9 March 2014 - 10 June 2014 Single Westfield FFA Cup entrant known on 10 June 2014
Northern New South Wales Football 15 Febrary 2014 - 22 June 2014 Two Westfield FFA Cup entrants known on 22 June 2014

4. What are the dates of the 2014 Westfield FFA Cup matches?

Round Dates
Round of 32

Tuesday 29 July 2014 (4 Matches)

Tuesday 5 August 2014 (4 Matches)

Tuesday 12 August 2014 (4 Matches)

Tuesday 19 August 2014 (4 Matches)

Round of 16

Tuesday 16 September 2014 (4 Matches)

Tuesday 23 September 2014 (4 Matches)

Quarter FInals

Tuesday 14 Octobor 2014 (1 Match)

Tuesday 21 October 2014 (1 Match)

Tuesday 28 October 2014 (1 Match)

Tuesday 4 November 2014 (1 Match)

Semi Finals

Tuesday 11 November 2014 (1 Match)

Tuesday 25 November 2014 (1 Match)

Cup Final Tuesday 16 December 2014

5. What are the Draw Principles for the Westfield FFA Cup Draw?

The Draw Principles seek to enable fixtures between Hyundai A-League and semi-pro and amateur clubs throughout the draw.

In addition, the Draw Principles balance the vagaries of different season schedules between the professional tier (predominantly summer) and the non-professional tiers (predominantly winter).

Further, the Draw Principles take into account the impact of Hyundai A-League finals and Asian Champions League commitments.

For the live Round of 32 draw, there will be three Pots from which the participating Clubs will be drawn as follows:

  • Pot A - the Hyundai A-League Clubs who finish in the Top 4 of the 2013/14 Season after the FInals Series (i.e. make the Hyundai A-League Semi Finals).
  • Pot B - the Hyundai A-League Clubs who finish in the Bottom 6 of the 2013/14 Season after the Finals Series.
  • Pot C - the 22 qualified Member Federation Clubs.

Clubs will be drawn from Pots in chronological order as determined by the Round of 32 match schedule until all Clubs have been allocated a fixture.

For the Round of 16 draw, Quarter Finals and Semi FInals, Clubs will be allocated into one of two Pots for the Live Draws:

  • Pot A - Hyundai A-League Clubs
  • Pot B - Member Federation Clubs

Positions in the draw will be numbered. Clubs will then be allocated positions in number order as drawn (i.e. first drawn Hyundai A-League Club will be in position 1). Clubs will be drawn from Pot A until empty, and then Pot B until all Clubs have been allocated a fixture. 

6. Why are Hyundai A-League Clubs seeded into the Round of 32?

Consideration has been given to season phasing and providing each Club with the best opportunity to compete at full strength.

This seeding for the Round of 32 provides Hyundai A-League Clubs with some certainty in order to plan pre-season schedules around Westfield FFA Cup matches. Appreciating this is a period when Hyundai A-League Clubs generally do not play competitive matches, it also ensures there is an equality of off-season across all 10 Hyundai A-League Clubs, as those Clubs who play later in the 2013/14 Hyundai A-League Finals Series are seeded into the later Round of 32 matches in order to maximise player availability during the traditional off-season.

The match schedule also avoids a Round of 16 fixture clash for Hyundai A-League Clubs who many be participating in a AFC Asian Champions League Quarter Final on 17 September 2014, and provides a 3 week break and clear air in the lead up to the start of the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League Season (on 10 Octobor 2014).

7. Why does the Westfield FFA Cup draw produce a Semi FInal with at least one Member Federation Club?

The Draw Principles provide for at least one Member Federation Club to qualify for the 2014 Westfield FFA Cup Semi FInals. It is important that the Westfield FFA Cup is differentiated from existing competitions and provides a genuine opportunity for grassroots and NPL clubs to compete on the national stage.

Member Federation Club(s) that progress to the Westfield FFA Cup Semi FInals will have earned their birth. In order for a Member Federation Club to qualify for the Semi Final of the Westfield FFA Cup, the Club would have already had to, firstly, qualify via their relevant State Cup and, secondly, win three Westfield FFA Cup FInal Round matches.

8. Why is Wellington Phoenix participating in the Westfield FFA Cup?

As a Club licensed by FFA to particpate in the Hyundai A-League, Wellington Phoenix should be afforded the same opportunity as other Hyundai A-League Clubs to play in the Westfield FFA Cup. As a professional club, Wellington Phoenix is not able to play in New Zealand Football's Chatham Cup.

In accordance with FIFA Regulations, Wellington Phoenix's participation in the Westfield FFA Cup has been approved by FIFA, the AFC, the OFC and New Zealand Football.

Wellington Phoenix will play all Westfield FFA Cup matches in Australia.

9. Will FFA cover the costs of travel for competing Clubs?

FFA will cover reasonable flights, ground transport and accommodation for a travelling party of 21 for each travelling Away Club.

10. Who retains the rights to ticket revenue?

The home Club will incur applicable venue hosting costs and receive all associated ticket revenue, excluding the Westfield FFA Cup FInal which will be run by FFA.

11. How will the home Clubs be determined?

Where matches involve Member Federation Clubs only, the first drawn Club will be given hosting rights. Where matches involve a Member Fededation Club and a Hyundai A-League Club, the Member Federation Club will be given the right to host. Where both Clubs involved are Hyundai A-League Clubs, the first drawn Club will have hosting rights.

12. Will suburban grounds be able to meet the Westfield FFA Cup Venue and Security Standards for broadcast matches?

FFA wants to embrace the unique atmosphere of cup competitions and play as many Westfield FFA Cup matches at suburban grounds as possible. However, each venue will need to meet appropriate Minimum Venue and Security Standards that will be in place for the Westfield FFA Cup.

13. Why are all matches scheduled to be played on a Tuesday night?

This creates consistency for the viewer and fan to identify with Tuesday night as the night to watch the Westfield FFA Cup.

Not all Westfield FFA Cup matches will be necessarily be played on a Tuesday night. For player welfare reasons, matches may be rescheduled to Wednesday depending on the league fixtures of the participating Clubs.

14. Why is the 2014 Westfield FFA Cup Final not on a weekend?

This was not possible for 2014 given the busy 2014/15 Season Fixture due to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup. It is the intention for the Westfield FFA Cup FInal for 2015 onwards to be on a weekend, to emphasise the importance of the Westfield FFA Cup FInal within Australia's football calendar and consistent with national knockout competitions in other countries.

15. Where will be Westfield FFA Cup Final be played?

Similar to the Hyundai A-League Grand FInal, the venue for the Cup FInal will be determined in the interest of FFA, competing Clubs, their members and supporters.

16. Will the respective State Cups continue for 2015 onwards?

This is still to be determined and is a decision for each Member Federation.

As each Member Federation will operate the Westfield FFA Cup Preliminary Rounds for 2015 onwards, the Preliminary Rounds may replace some existing State Cups or the State Cups may vary in format.