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FFA Cup 2021

Postby RB » Thu Jul 08, 2021 9:35 pm

The draw for the Round of 32 of the 2021 instalment of the FFA Cup was completed earlier. The draw is a bit more rigged even than usual with clubs divided into North, East, West and South zones and drawn against clubs from within the same zone. E.g. Brisbane Roar were in the northern zone with 5 state league clubs so could not draw an A-League club, whereas the other A-League clubs had between a 20 and 30% chance of drawing a fellow professional team depending on where they were placed.

Anyway, as there are now 12 A-League clubs (but only 10 spaces allocated to AL clubs in the Round of 32), there are two playoff matches to be played early next month between the bottom 4 teams from the recent AL season:

Perth (9) v Melbourne Victory (12)
Western (10) v Newcastle United (11)

These teams will be the last to qualify for the Round of 32.

The only all-A-League match in the Round of 32 is:

Western/Newcastle United v Wellington

The A-League-local club matches are:

Floret Athena (WA) v Adelaide United
Sydney Olympic v Sydney
Broadmeadow Magic (Nth. NSW) v Western Sydney
Blacktown City (NSW) v Central Coast
Newcastle Olympic v Macarthur
Peninsula Power (Qld.) v Brisbane
South Melbourne v Melbourne City
Adelaide City v Perth/Melbourne Victory

The all-local club matches are:

Edge Hill Utd.* (Qld.) v Gold Coast Knights
Cooma Tigers (ACT, sort of) v APIA Leichhardt (NSW)
Brisbane Lions v Casuarina (NT)
Joondalup (WA) v Adelaide Olympic
Hume City (Vic.) v Port Melbourne
Mt. Druitt Town (NSW) v Wollongong City
Avondale (Vic.) v Devonport City (Tas.)

* = from the fourth tier in state soccer

Keen to see Adelaide City hosting possibly Melbourne Victory. The cup run of Cairns-based Edge Hill United, who essentially in the third flight in the Nth. Qld. league (and thus level 5 on the Australian soccer pyramid) is also capturing some attention.
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