Football Federation Australia (FFA) has confirmed that due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 FFA Cup has been cancelled.
765 clubs across the country were due to participate in the competition, the final of which Glory reached in both 2014 and 2015.
In a circular issued earlier this week, FFA CEO James Johnson said the following:
"As you all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption to the Australian football calendar.
The FFA Cup 2020 Preliminary Rounds have been suspended across the country, so too have the respective Member Federation administered NPL and grassroots competitions.
Some NPL and grassroots competitions have resumed/commenced while others are in the process of resuming/commencing, with adjusted fixtures.
This has made scheduling and planning for the FFA Cup and NPL Finals Series
competitions extremely challenging.
Further, there remains some uncertainty regarding travel restrictions and the re-opening of borders across the country, which impacts on these truly national competitions.
Understandably this news will bring disappointment among Australia’s football community, particularly for the 765 FFA Cup participating clubs.
This was the second highest number of club entries in the competition’s history and we are disappointed that we will not be able to follow their journey and crown a winner for 2020.
The upcoming period now allows FFA the time to continue to work together with the Member Federations, Clubs and other key stakeholders on enhancing future iterations of these competitions, which remain important parts of the eco-system of football in Australia."