The stage has been set for the national stages of what has quickly become one of the most beloved competitions in Australian.
NNSW NPL side Maitland FC will host Central Coast Mariners, Round of 32 debutants and 2018 NPL National Champions Campbelltown City will welcome Melbourne City, former NSL side Brisbane Strikers will clash with Wellington Phoenix and historical powerhouses Melbourne Knights will welcome Adelaide United to Sunshine for the highly anticipated member federation against A-League side meetings for the first national stage of the 2019 FFA Cup.
Completed in Sydney on Wednesday night; reigning A-League Champions Sydney FC were drawn as the first opponents for Robbie Fowler and his Brisbane Roar side.
Reigning A-League premiers Perth Glory will host Western Sydney Wanderers and Newcastle Jets will head to Melbourne to clash with Melbourne Victory to complete the all A-League encounters.
Though set to compete in their first season in the A-League in 2019/20 and possessing an almost complete squad, Western United was not a part of the draw; the Western Melbourne club indicating they would first enter the competition in 2020.
For the other Round of 32 debutants: the ACT’s Tigers FC will host Hume City, Adelaide Olympic will meet Floreat Athena, Magpies Crusaders will meet fellow debutants Coomera Colts in the Whitsundays, St George will host Sydney United in a Sydney derby, FC Bulleen Lions will host Moreland Zebras in an all NPL2 Victoria battle and Mount Druitt Town Rangers will host Manly United in another all-NSW NPL clash.
In all member federations clashes not featuring debutants, Hobart FC will face Marconi and Olympic FC will face Bayswater FC.
The FFA Cup’s Round of 32 will take place from July 23 to August 7. The Magic of the Cup will then continue through the Round of 16 from August 20 to 28, the Quarterfinals on September 17 and 18 and the Semifinals on October 1 and 2.
The final will then be staged on October 23.