Reds’ FFA Cup fate revealed


Adelaide United will face Central Coast Mariners in the Round of 32 of the FFA Cup 2018.

It will be the second meeting between the two sides in the competition’s history, the Reds last encountering the Mariners in the Semi Final of the inaugural year of the competition. 

Last year, Head Coach, Marco Kurz, guided the Reds to the Final in his first season in charge, before falling agonisingly short in extra-time to Sydney FC.

Adelaide, who were inaugural FFA Cup winners in 2014, will be determined to go one better this season.

The Round of 32 matches will be played over four match-nights (Tuesday or Wednesday) between 24 July and 8 August (four matches per night).

Meanwhile, the last 16 will take place on two match nights between 21 August and 29 August.

The fifth instalment of the FFA Cup will also see a few changes occur, particularly in the latter stages of the tournament, which will impact Adelaide, dependent on how far United progress.

The main alterations will affect the dates surrounding the Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and, Final.

The last eight, played on two match nights between 18-26 September, have been moved from last year to avoid a crossover with Member Federation National Premier Leagues (NPL) Grand Finals, in addition to September’s FIFA International Window.

The Semi Finals will be played on a stand-alone weekend in October (6-7), two weeks preceding the start of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season.

The title decider, traditionally held in November or December has been shifted to the evening of Wednesday, 31 October. 

Match details:
FFA Cup 2018
Adelaide United vs Central Coast Mariners
Date TBC
Venue TBC
Time TBC