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FFA approves FA Cup-inspired knock-out competition

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that a domestic knock-out competition, known as the FFA Cup, will commence in 2014, subject to finalisation of commercial arrangements.

The competition will be based on the FA Cup in England and is set to feature hundreds of amateur clubs. Top-tier A-League sides will enter the draw at a later stage ahead of the inaugural final in December. 

The plans were approved, in-principle, by the FFA board at its meeting on August 23.

“The idea of the FFA Cup has captured the imagination of the football community and there’s a huge groundswell of support,” said FFA chief executive David Gallop. “Everyone in the game is keen for this concept to come to life, but the prudent way forward is to ensure the right commercial and organisational foundations are in place. 

"FFA management now has a mandate to conclude the many positive talks we’ve had with broadcasters, sponsors and commercial partners.”