Cup Football

22 May

Are the low crowds at the Foxtel Cup a warning that Australia doesnt have an interest in cup football? In Australian football there is enough money and television interest to absorb the costs – is there in soccer?

Soccer attempted a national cup in 1962 when the Craven Australia Cup was staged as a post season event. The cup lated until 1968 when costs saw the cup discontinued. In 2010 the Cup was found in the rubbish bin of Hakoah club – apparently FFA had no interest in claiming the trophy.

The National Football League of Australia launched a national night series in 1976. Due to television contracts the tournement was help primarily in Adelaide with VFL clubs sending weakened teams. After one season the VFL withdrew and launched its own night series with token involvement from the other states. The tournament died when the VFL expanded in 1987.

The two examples from two codes indicates there is little desire for national cups in Australia. Is it possible that FFA and the AFL will get it right this time?



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