14 Feb 2013

FA Cup-style competition coming to Australian football

6:40 am on 14 February 2013

Australian football could have an FA Cup-style competition by 2015 and a promotion-relegation system in the A-League within five years.

Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop has confirmed the FFA is looking at promotion to and from the A-League but says the FFA doesn't have a specific timeline on it.

And he added that work was underway on an FA Cup-style competition to be called the FFA Cup but says that won't happen before 2015.

The FFA has paved the way for these exciting developments by announcing a restructuring of Australia's semi-professional state leagues to produce a national play-off series.

Under the new state league model to be phased in over the next two years, each state and territory will be run by the member federation but under the one National Premier League banner.

Their competitions will run from March to September with the winners to play off in a knockout competition to find a national champion.