Grassroots media boost for Cup in Victoria

The Westfield FFA Cup returns this Saturday in Victoria as clubs across metropolitan and regional ares of the State start the road to cup glory.

FFV Media will have dedicated photographers, reporters and videographers at grounds to tell the 2016 Westfield FFA Cup story right from the very beginning in writing, pictures, video and on the FFV Podcast presented by Sportsmart

Teams from FFV Regional Affiliate Leagues, Metropolitan Leagues and Zagame's State Leagues will start the action this weekend with the Victorian Qualifying Round.

Action continues through February and March with Round 1 (February 27-28), Round 2 (March 5-6), Round 3 (March 12-13) and Round 4 (March 20-21) to be played on consecutive weekends.

Each week a 'match of the round' will have Westfield FFA Cup official balls, signage, photographer, videographer and a high level referee appointed to officiate the match.

FFV will live video stream the four Victorian Round 7 Westfield FFA Cup matches this year. The four winners in Round 7 will qualify for the national Round of 32, where Hyundai A-League teams enter the draw.

"With more than 200 Victorian clubs this season our state is ready for another successful year of Westfield FFA Cup," FFV CEO Peter Gome said.

"Community and PS4 NPL Victoria clubs recognise the football benefits, exposure and commercial benefits of going on a cup run.

"With registrations open to play football in 2016 we want Victorians to see senior teams from all levels of the football pyramid in action in the Westifeld FFA Cup. Junior players can look at their club's senior team and pull on the boots dreaming of one day playing in this fantastic competition themselves.

"We're excited to be putting teams who rarely enjoy the limelight on show to the national Football Family."

Mr Gome said video streaming the four Round 7 games would be good preparation to ready Victoria's four national Round of 32 qualifiers for high level exposure.

"Victorian clubs have dominated the FFA Cup and we think it's only fair the nation gets a chance to see what's coming in 2016" Mr Gome said.

This weekend's Qualifying Round match of the round will be White Star Dandenong v Parkmore, played at Parkmore Soccer Club, 185 Chapel Road, Keysborough kicking off at 4:00pm on Saturday February 20, 2016.

CLICK HERE to see the full list of Westfield FFA Cup Victorian Qualifying Round fixtures.

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