Five Queensland clubs will find out their next opponents of the FFA Cup with the Round of 32 draw to be conducted tonight at 7.30pm (AEST) at the Fox Sports studios in Sydney.
Cairns FC, Gold Coast Knights, Lions FC and Olympic FC, as well as Queensland’s Hyundai A-League club Brisbane Roar, were among the record number of 772 clubs who entered the FFA Cup 2018 competition.
The Round of 32 draw will see the Hyundai A-League clubs placed into one pot (Pot A), with the member federation clubs placed into another pot (Pot B).
The order of the draw, will see balls pulled out of the pots in order to firstly determine the three all Hyundai A-League club matches and nine all member federation club pairings before the intriguing four member federation club v Hyundai A-League club fixtures with the member federation club always be provided first opportunity to host the Hyundai A-League club.
The 16 matches in the Round of 32 will be held over three weeks with four matches per night across four possible match nights (either Tuesdays or Wednesdays) beginning in the last week of July.
Full details regarding the Fox Sports broadcast will be announced closer to the start of the Round of 32.
Qualified clubs and numbering for the draw
Pot A (10 Hyundai A-League clubs)
1. Adelaide United, 2. Brisbane Roar FC, 3. Central Coast Mariners, 4. Melbourne City FC, 5. Melbourne Victory, 6. Newcastle Jets, 7. Perth Glory, 8. Sydney FC, 9. Wellington Phoenix, 10. Western Sydney Wanderers FC
Pot B (22 member federation clubs)
11. Adelaide Comets, 12. APIA Leichhardt FC, 13. Armadale SC, 14. Avondale FC, 15. Bentleigh Greens SC, 16. Bonnyrigg White Eagles FC, 17. Broadmeadow Magic FC, 18. Cairns FC, 19. Canberra FC, 20. Charlestown City Blues FC, 21. Devonport Strikers, 22. Gold Coast Knights FC, 23. Gwelup Croatia SC, 24. Hakoah East Sydney FC, 25. Heidelberg United FC, 26. Hellenic Athletic Club, 27. Lions FC, 28. Marconi Stallions FC, 29. Northcote City FC, 30. Olympic FC, 31. Port Melbourne Sharks SC, 32. Rockdale City Suns FC
Draw process (Two pots – Pot A & Pot B)
Pot A: Six balls drawn out one at a time from Pot A (home then away) for the three Hyundai A-League v Hyundai A-League matches.
Pot B: 18 balls drawn out one at a time from Pot B (home then away) for the nine member federation v member federation matches.
Pot B & A: Remaining balls drawn out one at a time (home from Pot B & then away from Pot A) for the four member federation v Hyundai A-League matches.