FFA Cup welcomes Northern Territory next year

The FFA Cup becomes a truly national competition from next year when a team from the Northern Territory enters the fray.

Football Federation Northern Territory has been granted a direct slot into the round of 32 at the expense of Football NSW whose allocation drops from seven to five.

One slot has been handed over to FFNT and the other going to South Australian club MetroStars  - the winner of the 2014 National Premier Leagues competition.

The inaugural year of the Cup has been an outstanding success with the final between Adelaide United and Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium on December 16 already a sell-out and expected to attract a 16,000-plus crowd.

Planning is well underway for next year’s edition of the competition.

Hyundai A-League boss, Damien de Bohun, said the inclusion of the Northern Territory sets the Cup apart from any other top-level sporting competition in the country.

“The popularity, interest and unheralded amount of media coverage during the inaugural edition has already established the Westfield FFA Cup as part of the Australian sporting landscape,” de Bohun said.

“Now having an entrant from Football Federation Northern Territory from next year will make the Westfield FFA Cup a truly national competition.

“In allocating the slots for next year, it’s important to note that the Westfield FFA Cup is still in its infancy, and after reviewing all of the feedback, this model is the most appropriate for (next year).

“We will continue to review the success of this model as the (Cup) further develops and will not rule out the possibility of making changes in the future to improve the competition.”

Football NSW will continue to have the highest number of slots with five, while Football Queensland and Football Federation Victoria will each have four slots each, Northern NSW Football and Football West two slots, and Capital Football, Football Federation Northern Territory, Football Federation South Australia and Football Federation Tasmania one slot apiece.

The 21 Member Federations slots, coupled with the slot allocated to the National Premier Leagues Champions, plus the slots for the 10 A-League clubs, make up the entrants in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.

The match schedule for the Westfield FFA Cup 2015 will be announced in the coming months.