Knockout football competition starts soon

FOOTBALL NSW's Waratah Cup knockout competition is open to all senior men's teams in many divisions.

More than 100 teams have nominated for the cup competition which starts mid-March.

National Premiers Leagues' NSW Men's 1 competition teams Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Marconi Stallions and Sydney United 58 FC, are in the cup.

Mounties Wanderers FC, from the NSW Men's 2 competition, have also entered.

Entries have officially closed and the draw is being finalised.

Football NSW media manager Mark Stavroulakis said this year's Waratah Cup was a qualification pathway for teams in the new Football Federation Australia Cup.

"The competition will be limited to Football NSW Clubs to protect the allocated positions for our organisation in the round of 32," Stavroulakis said.

The newly created FFA Cup is a national knockout competition run by Football Federation Australia.

"The FFA Cup will operate exclusively and independently of the Waratah Cup," Stavroulakis said.

"The Waratah Cup will continue along the same principles as it has done in previous seasons."

Stavroulakis said the quarter finals, the top eight team stage, will act as qualification fixtures for the FFA Cup. The four winners of the respective quarter-final matches gain entry to the FFA Cup.

"The four losers of these quarter finals will play off in a fixture for two spots into the FFA Cup.

"The two losers of the two play-off matches will then play-off in a another match for the final position that is available in the FFA Cup."

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