Australia Cup Round of 32 – FAQ’s

In 2023, a competition record, 775 Clubs from all divisions of football across Australia – grassroots, amateur, and professional levels – have either already participated or will participate in the Australia Cup, with Football Australia confirming that the Australia Cup 2023 Final will be contested on Saturday, 7 October at a city/venue to be determined following the semi-finals.

With football taking centre stage across Australia during July and August as the country co-hosts the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™, in a mark of respect for this once in a lifetime event, Football Australia can confirm the Australia Cup 2023 Round of 32 will be scheduled on the tournament’s rest days, giving football fans and those new to the game an opportunity to attend a match of the nation’s largest knockout competition.

The Australia Cup 2023 Round of 32 Live Draw will be conducted on Wednesday, 28 June 2023 at 7.00pm AEST and streamed LIVE on 10 Play plus streamed via official Australia Cup Facebook and Football Australia YouTube accounts.

Aaron Gurd found the net against Bentleigh Greens

Australia Cup 2023 Round of 32 Live Draw

Date: Wednesday, 28 June 2023
Time: 7:00pm AEST
How to watch: LIVE on 10 Play, Australia Cup Facebook & Football Australia YouTube
How to follow: Follow Australia Cup Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
How to interact: #AustraliaCup #MagicOfTheCup

Final 32 Teams

The teams who have so far qualified for the Round of 32 are listed below (in no particular order):

Adelaide United FCCanberra Croatia FC (ACT)Goulburn Valley Suns FC (VIC)
Brisbane Roar FCAPIA Leichhardt FC (NSWHeidelberg United FC (VIC)
Central Coast Mariners FCInter Lions FC (NSW)Melbourne Knights FC (VIC)
Melbourne City FCMt Druitt Town Rangers FC (NSW)Northcote City SC (VIC)
Sydney FCSydney United 58 FC (NSW)Oakleigh Cannons FC (VIC)
Wellington Phoenix FCLions FC (QLD)Devonport City Strikers (TAS)
Western Sydney Wanderers FCCampbelltown City SC (SA)Moreton Bay United FC (QLD)
Western United FCMetroStars (SA)Peninsula Power (QLD)
Hellenic Athletic Club (NT)Inglewood United FC (WA)Floreat Athena FC (WA)
Gold Coast Knights FC (QLD)Broadmeadow Magic (NNSW)Edgeworth Eagles FC (NNSW)
A-League Men Playoff Winner (1)A-League Men Playoff Winner (2) 

Australia Cup 2023 Final Rounds Draw Principles

  • Each Australia Cup 2023 Final Rounds entrant will be placed in the ball pot.
  • In accordance with the Competition Regulations for Australia Cup 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 will be the Home Club;
    • Where Australia Cup matches involve a Member Federation Club and an Isuzu UTE A-League Men Club, the Member Federation Club will be Home Club; and
    • Where Australia Cup Matches involve only Isuzu UTE A-League Men Clubs, the first drawn Club will be the Home Club.
  • In all instances, Wellington Phoenix FC will be deemed the Away Club, irrespective of whether it is the first drawn Club.

As in 2022, the draw will be entirely open throughout the Australia Cup 2023 Final Rounds.

Round of 32:

  • The Australia Cup 2023 Round of 32 will be played over two (2) weeks in early to mid-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.

Australia Cup 2023 Final Rounds Match Schedule Summary

As it was in 2022, the Australia Cup 2023 Playoffs will feature the four clubs that finished 9th to 12th in the Isuzu UTE A-League Men 2022/23 Regular Season.

The Newcastle Jets FC (10th) will face Melbourne Victory FC (11th) on Monday 17 July, with Perth Glory FC (9th) to tackle defending Australia Cup winners, Macarthur FC (12th) on Tuesday 18 July at Darwin Football Stadium at Larrakia Park.

Sydney FC won the Australia Cup in 2017

The Australia Cup 2023 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-Finals**Final
16 matches, 2 weeks8 matches, 2 weeks4 matches, 1 week2 matches, 1 week1 match
Fri 4 AugustSat 26 AugustWed 13 SeptemberSat 23 SeptemberSat 7 October
Wed 9 AugustSun 27 AugustSat 16 SeptemberSun 24 September 
Thurs 10 AugustTues 29 AugustSun 17 SeptemberWed 27 September 
Sun 13 AugustWed 30 August   
Mon 14 August    

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

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

All Australia Cup 2023 Final Rounds matches will be streamed LIVE and FREE on 10 Play, with thanks to the Football Australia’s Broadcast Partner, Paramount ANZ.