Australia launches knockout FFA Cup
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Australia will have its own knockout FFA Cup giving grassroots clubs the chance to play the top-tier A-League clubs this year, Football Federation Australia announced on Monday.

Preliminary matches involving over 600 clubs across Australia are underway ahead of the national knock-out FFA Cup round of 32 kicking off in late July, the FFA said.

That is when the 10 A-League clubs will join the 22 clubs who will have qualified from feeder cup competitions in the country's eight states and territories.

FFA CEO David Gallop on Monday unveiled the FFA Cup trophy that will be handed to the winners of the Cup Final on 16 December.

"We all grew up with the romance of the English FA Cup and well remember the history of upsets. I'm sure the FFA Cup will bring the same fascination to fans across Australia," Gallop said.