A knockout decision

HISTORIC: Urunga Raiders will go down in history as the only North Coast football team to win the NNSW State Cup. Photo: Leigh Jensen
HISTORIC: Urunga Raiders will go down in history as the only North Coast football team to win the NNSW State Cup. Photo: Leigh Jensen

NORTHERN NSW Football has dumped its successful State Cup competition in 2015 to concentrate on finding two clubs to contest the Westfield FFA Cup through a knockout system.

NNSW chief executive David Eland said preliminary rounds will identify two winners to represent the state in the round of 32.

The two qualifying clubs will then be drawn against opposition clubs from across the country, with the possibility of drawing a Hyundai A-League club.

In 2013, Urunga FC had the distinction of being the first and only 'country' football club to win the State Cup.

Were they to achieve an equivalent feat next year of winning a NNSW nomination, the Raiders could be off to Perth or Adelaide to take on an A-League outfit.

What the costs would be, or what subsidies would be available to make the trip, are unknown at this stage.

Even the road to receiving one of the two available nominations could mean a lot or raffles and lamington drives to cover costs.

To start off, all North Coast Football clubs that nominate will participate in a sub-pool knockout.

The last club standing will play an opponent from Football Far North Coast for one of the 'northern pool' nominations with the other coming from a meeting between Football Mid North Coast and Northern Inland Football.

These two clubs will then progress to the quarter finals, taking on two teams from the 'southern pool' decided through a similar series of preliminary meetings.

The last round of matches will be played on the all-weather synthetic pitches at the new NNSW Home Of Football at Speers Point.

The entry fee for zone clubs is $300, inclusive of all match official fees.

Nominations close on

Monday, December 8.

Topics:  ffa cup north coast football northern nsw football northern nsw football state cup soccer

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