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Wanderers To Start 2021/22 With FFA Cup Trip To Newcastle


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The Western Sydney Wanderers will kick off the 2021/22 A-League season with an away trip to Newcastle to face Broadmeadow Magic in the FFA Cup Round of 32.

Football Federation Australia conducted the draw this evening, with a new format involving 4 geographic zones at least for the Round of 32, and the inclusion of an open draw creating the potential of multiple A-League vs A-League games and a bottom 4 A-League play-off qualifier. The usual requirement remained where A-League games would play away when drawn against NPL opposition. There is an Asian Champions League place up for grabs for the first time ever.

The Wanderers were drawn in the second fixture against Broadmeadow Magic. The side from Newcastle were founded by the Macedonian community in 1966, play in the NPL Northern New South Wales where they have won the league competition 7 times. Their home ground is known as both the Wanderers Oval and Magic Park and would be very familiar to Western Sydney Wanderers fans. In addition to playing multiple A-League pre-season fixtures at the ground, it was also the location for the Wanderers 5-0 demolition of the Edgeworth Eagles in the 2017/18 edition of the competition, and is a regular pre-match location for away trips to Newcastle. Broadmeadow made their way into the draw by defeating Kotara 4-0, Edgeworth 4-3 after extra time, an 8-0 flogging of Port Macquarie and lastly a 2-1 win against the Weston Workers.

Out of the possible fixtures the Wanderers could have drawn, playing one of the teams outside of the New South Wales NPL 1 league is a good one for a side looking once again to rebuild heading into the A-League season. It could be a potential banana skin however as the Magic are currently in good form and leading the NNPL competition with 9 wins & 2 draws from their 12 matches played.

There is no date set for now but information should come to hand after the A-League play-off qualifiers finish in the middle of August.


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The full draw is as follows:

Zone East:
Sydney FC vs Sydney Olympic.
Broadmeadow Magic vs Wanderers
Tigers FC vs Apia Leichardt
Blacktown City vs Central Coast Mariners
Mount Druitt Rangers vs Wollongong Wolves
Newcastle Olympic vs Macarthur FC

Zone North:
Lions FC vs Casurina FC
Edge Hill United vs Gold Coast Knights
Brisbane Roar vs Peninsula Power

Zone South:
Wellington Phoenix vs Newcastle Jets/Western United
Avondale FC vs Devonport Strikers
Hume City vs Port Melbourne
Melbourne City vs South Melbourne

Zone West:
Joondalup vs Adelaide Olympic
Perth Glory/Melbourne Victory vs Adelaide City
Floreat Athena vs Adelaide United

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Is Paramount or Channel 10 going to be broadcasting the games? I would assume Sydney Olympic vs Sydney FC will be the main game if it was broadcasting. I would love to see the likes of Mo Adam score the winner against the Smurfs.

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2 minutes ago, MathyouWSW said:

Is Paramount or Channel 10 going to be broadcasting the games? I would assume Sydney Olympic vs Sydney FC will be the main game if it was broadcasting. I would love to see the likes of Mo Adam score the winner against the Smurfs.

FFA Cup is supposed to be shown on Paramount, and it begins broadcasting in August.

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