The Westfield FFA Cup Qualification Weekend will be played out at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility (LMRFF) on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June as club sides vie for a place in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 and the chance to take on Hyundai A-League sides.
“The Westfield FFA Cup has been an absolutely fantastic initiative, it has been one of the FFA’s key strategic priorities to try and link the grassroots with the Hyundai A-League and we are looking forward to giving our clubs the opportunity to do that,” Northern NSW Football Chief Executive Officer David Eland said.
“After 70 games and more than 400 goals we are down to the final eight clubs and by Sunday afternoon we will know the two clubs that will represent Northern NSW Football in the Round of 32 for this year’s Westfield FFA Cup,” Mr Eland concluded.
The ‘Final Eight’ fixtures will see PlayStation® 4 National Premier Leagues sides Adamstown Rosebud FC, Broadmeadow Magic FC and Edgeworth FC, NEWFM 1st Division teams Valentine FC and West Wallsend SFC, Newcastle’s Zone League 1 club side, Jesmond FC as well as South Armidale FC and Coffs City United FC battle it out for a place in the ‘Final Four’ fixtures and ultimately the opportunity to represent Northern NSW Football in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.
In 2014, Broadmeadow Magic hosted Brisbane Strikers FC in the first live broadcast of the Westfield FFA Cup and after narrowly missing out on the Round of 16, Captain Peter Haynes is looking forward to this weekend’s fixtures and the chance to again represent Northern NSW in the Round of 32.
“It was a good opportunity for our club to host the first televised game of the Cup, and unfortunately that’s where we finished when we were beaten by Brisbane Strikers,” said Haynes, commenting “it gave us a taste of what’s on offer and we are taking it very seriously this year again to make sure that we get another opportunity and hopefully go a little bit further this year.”
The winners of the ‘Final Eight’ matches will progress to the ‘Final Four’ fixtures. All ‘Final Four’ fixtures will be drawn from the hat and the two winners will automatically qualify to represent NNSWF in the Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32.
‘Final Eight’ Fixtures
Saturday 20th June
Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility
10am Jesmond FC v West Wallsend FC
12pm Valentine FC v Adamstown Rosebud FC
2pm Coffs City United FC v Edgeworth FC
4pm South Armidale FC v Broadmeadow Magic FC
The ‘Final Four’ fixtures are scheduled for 10am and 12pm on Sunday 21st June at the Lake Macquarie Regional Football Facility.
Please read the below information for everything you need to know about attending the Westfield FFA Cup at the LMRFF.
Where can I park?
The parking areas are shown in red on the below map. Should the LMRFF parking become full, overflow parking is available adjacent to Speers Point Swim Centre. Additional overflow parking is available adjacent to Speers Point Park and Macquarie Field (access via Creek Reserve Road). Please be advised that no cars are permitted to park on the roads within LMRFF.
Is there an entry fee?
No, there is no entry fee to the Westfield FFA Cup Qualification Weekend.
Will food and beverages be available for purchase?
Yes, LMRFF’s Sidelines Café will be open across the weekend.
Is alcohol allowed?
Strictly no alcohol may be brought into the LMRFF, however may be purchased from Sidelines Café.
Where can I smoke?
Smoking is prohibited in ALL areas of the LMRFF. Should you elect to smoke, you must exit LMRFF and situate yourself outside the black perimeter fencing and main carpark. Please be aware smoking is also not permitted in Speers Point Park.
Can I bring my pet?
Although we love all animals large and small, unfortunately the LMRFF isn’t the place for them, please refrain from bringing them with you.
Where can I sit?
Chairs are available in the alfresco area and both fields are viewable from the grandstand on the southern side of Field 1 and 2. You may bring outdoor chairs of your own to place on the Northern hill and grassed area adjacent to the change room area.
Clubs have been encouraged to bring their own marquees and shade structures to use on the Northern hill as indicated in blue on the above map.
Player and Team Official Information:
How does my team enter the facility and change room areas?
Teams will enter the building via the front doors and are requested to proceed past the café and out towards the fields. The coach or team manager only will report to the Event Operations desk where they will complete the team sheet and receive official accreditation. NNSWF will provide entry to the rear car park for one vehicle per team (including minibuses for travelling teams), allowing gear to be unloaded directly to the change rooms. Upon arrival at the venue, the team manager is required to phone Sophie Milton on 0414 767 724 for access to the rear carpark via the side gate.
Where can we conduct a team meeting?
All teams are requested not to use the café area for team meetings or to commence changing. Meetings can be conducted inside change rooms or outdoors. Click here to view change room procedures.
Where do we warm up?
Your team will be able to warm up on Field 2.
Can we access ice?
Your team will be provided with one bag of ice and use of an esky in your designated change room.
Are we allowed to bring a marquee?
Yes, clubs are welcome to bring their own shade structures and erect on the hill at the northern end of the facility (refer to map above).