Coronavirus forces FFA Cup to be cancelled – The World Game

The FFA sent out a circular to its members on July 3, confirming footballs nationwide knockout competition and the NPL finals series – a play-off competitors held between the winners of each of the countrys state football federations – would not continue this year.
” Following extensive consultation with appropriate stakeholders, FFA has sadly chosen to cancel the 2020 instalments of both the FFA Cup and NPL finals series due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” FFA president James Johnson wrote.
The FFA Cup initial rounds were suspended previously this year.
The circular mentioned state border constraints and the disturbance of the NPL season and grassroots football as essential reasons for the cancellation of the 2 competitors.
Johnson stated cancelling the FFA Cup and NPL finals this year offered the governing body, its member federations, clubs and stakeholder time to concentrate on future campaigns.
Footballs brand-new broadcast offer with Fox Sports no longer includes the FFA Cup and Johnson declared strategies to provide alternative broadcast strategies in 2021.
” We aim to turn this existing challenge into a chance,” Johnson wrote.
” The FFA Cup and NPL finals series need to be optimised and enhanced to promote the offering and experience for traditional football fans whilst likewise appealing to a broader audience.
” In doing so, FFA will be able to check out innovative broadcast platforms to provide these competitors to fans.”