The Wellington Phoenix face tough opposition in 2014 FFA Cup semi-finalists Bentleigh Greens, kicking off on Tuesday 7th August at 7.30pm (AEST), 9.30pm (NZST).
The round of 32 fixture will be played at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex, the 3,300-capacity home stadium of Bentleigh Greens in Victoria.
Bentleigh, who play in the Victoria National Premier League, enter the Round of 32 having dispatched St Kilda, Goulburn Valley Suns and Kingston City en-route to the national draw.
In 2014, the Greens went all the way to the Cup semi-finals losing to Perth Glory, while in the last two seasons they played in the quarter final and round of 16 – both times only going out to Hyundai A-League opposition.
Since the inception of the FFA Cup in 2014, Phoenix have managed to progress passed the round of 32 just once, in the 2015/16 season where they went down to Melbourne City, so new Head Coach Rudan will be looking for his team to impress in the Cup competition before the Hyundai A-League season begins.
New Zealand based fans can watch the match live on Sky Sport, Pop Up Channel 1.
Ticketing information for each of the FFA Cup 2018 Round of 32 matches will be released in due course by each home club. Please visit www.theffacup.com.au for further details.
- Round of 16: to be played on two match nights between 21 August and 29 August.
- Quarter Finals: to be played on two match nights between 18 September and 26 September – have been shifted from last year to avoid a crossover with Member Federation National Premier Leagues (NPL) Grand Finals, as well as September’s FIFA International Window.
- Semi-Finals: to be played on a stand-alone weekend in early (6-7) October, two weeks prior to the commencement of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season.
- FFA Cup Final 2018: to be played in October for the first time, with the evening of Wednesday, 31 October locked in for the competition’s showpiece.