We need pre-season cups in football
Pre-season is always about getting the squads together and promoting the game. With Sydney now having two teams, what about playing a pre-season cup?
The clubs could come from the district associations and former NSL and bigger state clubs – whoever is still around.
In Sydney you have a number of former NSL clubs including Olympic, Marconi. Sydney United, White Eagles, Blacktown Demons, Penrith, Melta Eagles and Apia.
Add to that the major state and former state clubs of a reasonable size, such as St Andrews and the Bankstown Bumble Bees. On top of that, add the twelve association clubs.
The Sydney pre-season cup would have 12 at least former NSL clubs, 12 associations and two A-League teams.
It would be a great local promotional activity which is very inclusive of everybody.
In Melbourne, a similar cup and was talked about last year, but was stopped by FFA. However without knowing the ins and outs of Melbourne, a similar thing could happen.
Central Coast Mariners and Newcastle could combine their local leagues and have a district versus district pre-season cup.
Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Wellington Phoenix could also run in with their local first grade associations and or clubs.
This concept has another advantage in being very cheap to run with minimal travelling and accommodation expenses for all teams involved.
In the long term, this could be used to build or an FA Cup-style knockout tournament sometime in the future.