Glory call for two-legged Cup final
The FFA confirmed on Tuesday, Glory will only host the final if major underdogs Hume City defeat Melbourne Victory in Wednesday night’s semi-final.
If Victory win, they will host the decider at AAMI Park, meaning Perth would miss out for the second season running after travelling to Adelaide for last year’s final.
Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos told FourFourTwo the current venue selection criteria is unfair for the smaller clubs and called for a two-legged final.
“Taking my Perth Glory hat off, when you objectively look at that criteria and you’re trying to meet that criteria against a city like Melbourne or a club like Victory which is the largest in the A-League, we never stood a chance,” Filopoulos said.
“The cup final venue is very much commercially driven and the FFA have made the decision accordingly.”
The factors in the FFA’s decision include eastern seaboard location and time zone for TV ratings, attendance potential and government support.
“Hence why our position is for the future years, whether we’re in it or not, to consider a two-legged final, home and away,” Filopoulos added.
“That way, if you do get a Perth and a Melbourne or a Melbourne and Sydney, they both get the opportunity to host the final over two legs.
“It’s been presented to the FFA last year by our chairman Tony Sage and I presented it to them this year again.
“We know it wasn’t going to be effective for this year, because it’s too late, but we think it’s something they need to consider moving forward.
“The city and venue criteria is very skewed toward the major capital cities and the bigger clubs.”
Filopoulos said he’d be cheering on Hume City in Wednesday’s semi-final in the hope they can give Glory’s fans and members the final they deserve.
“They’re a loyal, dedicated and passionate bunch of fans and members and they deserve it,” he said
“We want to celebrate with them here in Perth if we do get the chance to win it.”
He added that the players would still be a strong chance to win the cup, even if they are forced to play away to reigning A-League champions Victory.
“We back our resilience as a club,” Filopoulos said.
“We’ve proven that we’re resilient and we respond accordingly when our backs are against the wall and we will again.”