Melbourne City FC’s 2018 FFA Cup campaign will commence with a Round of 32 clash away to A-League opponents Brisbane Roar on Tuesday 7 August at Dolphin Stadium in Queensland, kick-off 7.30pm.
City’s first round fixture against the Roar – one of three all A-League encounters in the Round of 32 – was revealed the FFA Cup draw which was conducted live at the Fox Sports News studio in Sydney on Tuesday 26 June.
City were drawn away to Brisbane Premier League club Peninsula Power at this stage of the competition last season, with a 2-0 win kick-starting the Club’s 2016 trophy defence and handing Warren Joyce a win in his first competitive fixture as Head Coach.
A pulsating 3-2 win against New South Wales NPL side Hakoah Sydney City East in the Round of 16 then set up a tantalising Quarter Final clash against Sydney FC, who avenged its defeat to City in the 2016 Final with a 2-0 win at Leichhardt Oval.
The 16 matches in the Round of 32 will be held over three weeks, with four matches per night across four possible match nights commencing in the last week of July.
FFA CUP 2018: ROUND OF 32 FIXTURES
- Adelaide United v Central Coast Mariners
- Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory
- Brisbane Roar v Melbourne City FC
- Northcote City FC v Devonport Strikers
- Port Melbourne Sharks v APIA Leichhardt Tigers
- Lions FC v Olympic FC
- Heidelberg United v Charlestown City Blues
- Gwelup Croatia v Adelaide Comets
- Canberra FC v Broadmeadow Magic
- Cairns FC v Armadale SC
- Bonnyrigg White Eagles v Hakoah Sydney City East
- Avondale FC v Marconi Stallions
- Hellenic Athletic v Western Sydney Wanderers
- Gold Coast Knights v Newcastle Jets
- Bentleigh Greens v Wellington Phoenix
- Rockdale City Suns v Sydney FC
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2018 FFA CUP FIXTURES
- The Round of 32 fixtures will be played over four match nights (Tuesday or Wednesday) between 24 July and 8 August (four matches per night).
- The Round of 16 to be played on two match nights between 21 August and 29 August.
- The Quarter Finals – which will be played on two match nights between 18 September and 26 September – have been shifted from last year to avoid a crossover with Member Federation National Premier Leagues (NPL) Grand Finals, as well as September’s FIFA International Window.
- The Semi-Finals will be played on a stand-alone weekend in early (6-7) October, two weeks prior to the commencement of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season.
- The FFA Cup Final 2018 will be played in October for the first time, with the evening of Wednesday, 31 October locked in for the competition’s showpiece.
WHERE YOU CAN WATCH THE 2018 FFA CUP
FOX SPORTS will again provide comprehensive coverage from the Round of 32 onwards.
The FFA Cup’s official broadcaster will show one LIVE match per match night while providing coverage and updates, as well as live streams, of all non-broadcast matches.
Details regarding the FOX SPORTS broadcast and streaming will be announced closer to the start of the Round of 32.