Supporting the FFA Cup is crucial for the growth of football

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The A-League Men are set to face up against their ‘little brothers’ in the FFA Cup next month as postponed games are finally played. It’s yet another reminder of the talent in Australian football that goes unnoticed.

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For players in the National Premier Leagues the FFA Cup is a chance to be able to show Australia that they can match up against the country’s best, despite their semi-professional status, and in many cases they do.

There have been plenty of sensational moments that make up the ‘Magic of the Cup’ and plenty of incredible performances from semi-professional footballers, most of whom juggle full-time jobs with training and games, yet still match up with Australia’s best.

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As clear underdogs with considerably less money, training, support, and access to facilities than their A-League counterparts, these NPL teams put on some amazing performances yet the recognition and opportunities that come from the tournament are few and far between.

With a lot of commentary around a ‘B-League’ and improvements in youth development in Australia, we seem to be missing a huge opportunity to support an Australian league with some of the best Australian players who have not had the opportunity to flourish in a professional environment.

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As the old NSL fans start to fade away, the NPL needs to engage a new era of football fans and the FFA Cup provides the perfect platform to showcase just how much talent is hidden behind Australia’s top league.

From the young stars looking to dazzle on a big stage to the experienced NPL players looking for their opportunity to demonstrate their strength and stability, there is so much to be entertained by from players who have slipped through the cracks of the A-League path.

As the A-League opportunities dwindle for players outside of the league’s youth set-ups, the FFA Cup presents the perfect opportunity for these players to shine, yet the opportunities aren’t coming as club’s opt to bring in international players and established stars.

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Take a look at some of the upcoming games on the schedule below and have a think about how you can show your support for Australian football – grab some mates and go along to a game in person, tune in on a live stream, or just watch and share some highlights after the games.

In doing so you are not only going to enjoy quality football entertainment but you will be supporting the growth of football in Australia, and importantly the growth outside of the A-League Men.

Image credit: Football NSW

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