Pre-Season Cup goes regional

The 2007 Pre-Season Cup competition will once again give regional football fans an opportunity to watch the A-League clubs go through their pre-season preparations following the draw announcement by Football Federation Australia (FFA).

The 2007 Pre-Season Cup competition will once again give regional football fans an opportunity to watch the A-League clubs go through their pre-season preparations following the draw announcement by Football Federation Australia (FFA).

Match venues for the 2007 Pre-Season Cup have already been confirmed for regional areas Maroochydore, Port Macquarie and Orange, as well as the major cities of Darwin, Geelong, Launceston and Canberra.

The format of the 2007 Pre-Season Cup will involve two groups of four teams. The composition of the groups are:

Group A: Adelaide United, Melbourne Victory, Perth Glory & Newcastle Jets

Group B: Central Coast Mariners, Wellington Phoenix, Queensland Roar & Sydney FC

The competition kicks off on the weekend of the 14-15 July and each team will play the other teams in their group once over three rounds.

Following the Group phase, the eight teams will play-off for positions 1-8 in a knock-out phase over two rounds with the winner presented the 2007 Pre-Season Cup on Sunday 12 August. This format will ensure that all teams will be involved in competitive matches right through till the end of the competition.

The 2007 Pre-Season Cup will see Central Coast Mariners host the A-League's newest club, the Wellington Phoenix at Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford, whilst the Newcastle Jets and Perth Glory will take their match to Port Macquarie. Queensland Roar will face Sydney FC at Maroochydore and Melbourne Victory & Adelaide United will again travel to Aurora Stadium in Launceston for their opening round match.

Perth Glory will also take one of their 2007 Pre-Season Cup fixtures to the Northern Territory, where they will host last season's Premiers and Champions Melbourne Victory at the newly-constructed Darwin Football Stadium. This match will also serve as the official opening of this venue.

The World Game will have the full A-League draw online later this week
Source Football Federation Australia