- According to the FFV, it will be open to all clubs - I assume this will also include regional areas, considering the emphasis on 'statewide' - but clubs must choose to enter the competition, and there are entrance fees involved.
- The amateur clubs - that is State League 2 and below - will sort themselves out first, with the semi-professional clubs - State League 1 and the VPL coming in at stage 2.
- The competition will include Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory, who will come in at the quarter final stage.
- It has half decent prizemoney - $50,000 apparently, though I'm not sure how that will be divided.
- It's not the return of the Dockerty Cup - it will be something that 'builds on the traditions of the Dockerty Cup', whatever that means.
- Apparently Mirabella International, global leaders in the manufacturing of light bulbs, have committed to support the competition for ten years.
And now for my complaints.
- Short notice much?
- Where are these games going to be held?
- When are these games going to be held?
- What happens with postponements?
- Why couldn't they keep the name Dockerty Cup with the sponsor's name attached at the front?
- If Victory fans screw up, will the fines go towards the FFV coffers or FFA ones?
- Gate money? Security? Referees?
- Will members of the amateur VicSoccer system, which is not affiliated with the FFV, be allowed to compete?
- Why couldn't this have been organised before the fixtures came out?
- Seeing as every club in the FFV system is being asked to pay a fee for participating, are the two A-League outfits also being asked to contribute?
That, and keeping the Dockerty Cup name and trophy. Oh, well.