Australia Cup 2024 Principles Explained

The Australia Cup 2024 Round of 32 draw will take place on Wednesday, 19 June 2024 live and free on 10 Play, Australia Cup Facebook and the Football Australia YouTube channel.

This is article has been shared from the Australia Cup website.

While the draw remains open for the entirety of the 2024 Final Rounds, there will be one subtle change from the Round of 16 onwards with all remaining rounds drawn at the same time instead of conducting individual draws at the Round of 16, Quarter Final and Semi Final stages.

Before we get to that, let’s recap the draw principles for 2024:

  • All Australia Cup Final Rounds matches will be decided via a live draw. 
  • Each Australia Cup Final Round entrant will be placed in the ball pot.
  • In accordance with clause 21.1 (b) of the Regulations for Australia Cup Final Rounds (Final Rounds) matches other than the Australia Cup Final, the Home Club for each Australia Cup Match will be determined as follows:
    • Where Australia Cup matches involve only Member Federation Clubs, the first drawn Club;
    • Where Australia Cup Matches involve a Member Federation Club and an Isuzu UTE A-League Men Club, the Member Federation Club; and
    • Where Australia Cup Matches involve only Isuzu UTE A-League Men Clubs, the first drawn Club.
  • In accordance with clause 22.1 (c) of the Regulations, in all instances, Wellington Phoenix FC will be deemed the Away Club, irrespective of whether it is the first drawn Club.
  • Like 2022 and 2023, the geographical zone format used in the Round of 32 and Round of 16 in 2021, will not be utilised in 2024
  • The draw will be entirely open throughout the Final Rounds.

Round of 32

The Australia Cup Round of 32 will be played over three (3) weeks in late July and early August.

Football Australia will place thirty-two (32) balls containing the names of the qualified Clubs into the one (1) pot, in an open draw.

Balls will be drawn out one at a time, revealing sixteen (16) matches, until all balls have been drawn from the pot.

Round of 16, Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals

This is where we see a change from previous iterations of the competition. 

The Quarter Final and Semi Final draw will be conducted immediately following the Round of 16 Draw. Balls will contain a match number instead of participating Club names. The balls will be drawn, opened and revealed one at a time, until all balls have been drawn.

What this means is for the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals, the tournament bracket will be set and the winners of the Round of 16 will know who they are likely to face in the next stage of the competition. 

Home teams in the Quarter Finals and Semi Finals will be determined using the same principles as above via draw order, or in the event of a Member Federation Club facing an Isuzu UTE A-League Men Club.

Australia Cup Final 2024

The selection of the host venue for the Australia Cup Final will be at the sole and absolute discretion of Football Australia. Such a decision will be made based on a variety of factors including but not limited to, venue availability, broadcast requirements, security, commercial, marketing and financial considerations.

Round of 32 Live Draw

Watch the Round of 32 Live Draw for free on Wednesday, 19 June 2024 on 10 PlayAustralia Cup Facebook and the Football Australia YouTube channel.

Australia Cup 2024 Final Rounds Match Schedule Summary

The Australia Cup 2024 Final Rounds matches will be scheduled across the dates shown in the table below, with fixtures subject to match pairings, respective NPL fixtures and ground availability.

Round of 32*Round of 16*Quarter Finals **Semi Final**Final
16 matches, 2 weeks8 matches, 2 weeks4 matches, 1 week2 matches, 1 week1 match
Tuesday, 30 July – Sunday, 11 AugustSaturday, 24 – Wednesday, 28 AugustWednesday, 11 – Sunday, 15 SeptemberSaturday, 21 – Sunday, 22 SeptemberSat 5 October

*Dates are subject to change based upon fixtures and ground availability

**Exact Quarter Finals and Semi Finals match days to be confirmed