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FFA CEO Gallop Says Australian FA Cup Ready To Kick Off Within Next 12 Months
Published April 11, 2013
AN OLD MODEL: REUTERS' Patrick Johnston reported the tournament is based on England's FA Cup model. The English FA Cup, the oldest association football tournament in the world, "has a straight knockout format open to both amateur and professional teams with sides from the Premier League given a bye to the third round." Australia's A-League "already combines both the league and knockout elements with the champions decided after a playoff series at the end of the regular season" (REUTERS, 4/10).