The FFA Cup is fast approaching again, offering the potential for our region to feature on the national stage of football!
What is the FFA Cup?
The FFA Cup is a nationally run tournament operated by Football Federation Australia, in connection with the state and member federations throughout the country.
The tournament is knockout style, and from the preliminary rounds will feature some 730+ football clubs from around Australia. Last year, 124 clubs from Queensland entered the tournament.
Our local National Premier League side, Cairns FC (formerly FNQ Heat FC) are the only Queensland team to have reached the final 32 stage of the tournament every year.
So how does it all work?
Our region is classified into the Northern Pool of Queensland qualifiers. Among the Northern Pool are four zones being, Far North Queensland (us), North Queensland, Mackay + Regional Queensland and Central Queensland.
The Northern Pool features three National Premier League clubs being Cairns FC, North Queensland United and Mackay + Whitsunday Magpies Crusaders United. These clubs will enter qualifying at round 5. At the conclusion of this round, the FNQ zone will have its representative.
Round 6, is the playoff match between the Far North Queensland Zone and North Queensland Zone and will be held over the weekend of 4th – 6th May 2018. On the same weekend, a playoff is held between the Mackay + Regional zone and the Central Queensland zone.
The winners of both of these fixtures, move into the final round of qualifying. Round 7 will be held over the 8th – 11th June and the winner has gained entry to the final 32 stage. This is the stage of which the A-League clubs (except Wellington Phoenix) enter the tournament.
Who is entering from our zone?
For 2018, we have a record number of teams entering the tournament. There are 10 in total which are:
Edge Hill United
Cairns FC (Round 5)
Marlin Coast Rangers FC
Southside Comets FC
Stratford Dolphins FC
Round One Draw – 01/03/2018
Round One Fixtures – Tuesday 13th March 2018
Round Two, Three, Four and Five – TBA, however to be completed by 29th April 2018
Round Six Playoff – 4th – 6th May 2018
Round seven Playoff – 8th – 11th June 2018
Connect with us!
Keep up to date with information regarding the Far North Queensland qualifiers on our Facebook.
For details regarding the national stage visit: