FFA Cup to become Australia Cup

It appears that Football Australia Limited applied for the trademark “Australia Cup”, along with the image of a trophy atop a football.

The trademark is currently published, awaiting examination and was filed on the 24th December 2021 with the trademark to apply to such things as promotional material, clothing and apparel, games and balls, as well as sports and football games and related things.


Proposed logo of the Australia Cup

The name “Australia Cup” is a throwback to the first national soccer competition in Australia, which was a knockout competition that started in 1962 and abolished in 1968 with Hakoah being the most successful club, winning it twice.

The cup started with teams from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Newcastle, with the 1963 edition expanding to Tasmania and finally to Perth and Canberra in 1964.

The inaugural edition of the cup was won by Yugal, defeating St George Budapest 8-1 at Wentworth Park, with Juventus defeating Juventus (uh, from Adelaide and Melbourne), with Adelaide Juventus winning on pens.

In 1963 4 Tasmanian clubs entered with Sydney and Melbourne clubs entering from the second round. Port Melbourne Slavia defeated Polonia Meloburne 3-2 in a replay after a scoreless draw with Des Palmer scoring a hat-trick.

George Cross wonm the comp in 1964, defeating APIA 3-2 in front of an impressive 15,000 crowd at Olympic Park Stadium in Melbourne, with Archie Campbell scoring an extra time winner.

Hakoah would defeated APIA in 1965 3-2, however in 1966 APIA got their revenge against Hakoah.

1967 saw Melbourne Hungaria defeat APIA 4-3 at Olympic Park Stadium. Former Man City player Bill Walsh coached the side with Australian International Attila Abonyi scoring a hat-trick for the winning side.

In 1968. the last edition of the cup Hakoah Sydney beat Hakoah Melbourne 6-1 over two legs.

The cup paved the way for Australia to attempt World Cup qualification for the first time in 1965 and eventually the establishment of the NSL.

Whilst Hakoah were the only team to win the cup multiple times, a special mention goes to APIA with 4 consecutive finals appearances from 64-67.

Luckily enough for history buffs, the original cup was found after being lost for decades, in a rubbish skip in 2011 by Builders who were renovating the Hakoah Club in Sydney. It now resides in the safe hands of the George Cross Administration.

With any luck, once a football history museum is opened (if ever), the cup will be proudly displayed there.

The Australia Cup for Australian soccer. It was lost for decades until it was discovered in a rubbish skip.
The Australia Cup

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