FFA Cup Final an unfortunate failure

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The credibility of the Westfield FFA Cup has come under scrutiny following awful attendance numbers for the Semi Finals and Final of the competition.

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Melbourne Victory’s first half masterclass was enough to claim a 2-0 win and their first Westfield FFA Cup at the expense of an injury hit Perth Glory.

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Despite sublime performances from the likes of Kosta Barbourousas, who claimed the Mark Viduka Medal for best on ground, the result was overshadowed by the embarrassingly low attendance.

With the competition still in its infancy, it was crucial that the FFA kept the momentum rolling, as the inaugural final in 2014 was less than 1,000 shy of a sellout at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide.

This time around the FFA decided to cash in on the big dance instead of catering to the fans. The decision completely backfired and the atmosphere and general feel was lacklustre at best.

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Only 15,098 (1,044 less than last years final) inside a 30,050 capacity AAMI Park.

It wasn’t just the horrific attendance statistics that marred the showcase, as the decision to interview the coaches during the game heavily criticised on social media.

With Melbourne City practically fielding their reserves team against Perth in the Semi Final, which was played in front of a measly 4,165 at NIB Stadium, the writing is on the wall for the FFA.

The FFA needs to seriously reconsider their approach when it comes to the latter stages of the competition, or be in danger of becoming a Mickey Mouse Cup.

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21-year-old Communications and Media Student at UWA, avid Liverpool and Seinfeld enthusiast following Perth Glory during the 2015/2016 A-League season.

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