Dockerty Cup

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Dockerty Cup
Founded 1909
Region Victoria
Number of teams 191
Current champions South Melbourne (2015) (8th title)
Most successful club(s) Melbourne Knights (9 titles)
Website Football Federation Victoria

2015 Dockerty Cup (last year)
2016 FFA Cup preliminary rounds

The Dockerty Cup (also occasionally spelled as Docherty Cup[1][2]) is a football (soccer) competition held between clubs in Victoria, Australia. It is named after Harry Dockerty, a former president of the Victorian Soccer Federation.[3] The competition was in recess since from 1996 until 2011, with the exception of 2004. The competition was open to all Victorian clubs from all divisions, except for the years 1977 to 1984 when Victorian teams participating in the National Soccer League were not allowed to enter.

A Victorian cup competition was reintroduced in 2011, known as the Mirabella Cup due to naming rights sponsorship, with a new trophy. That arrangement lasted only one season, with the competition being named the Statewide Knockout Cup in 2012 and 2013. However, in both years, the winner was awarded with the Dockerty Cup trophy.[4][5]

From 2014 onwards, the Dockerty Cup is also a qualifying completion for the FFA Cup.

Current Cup Competitions 2014-onwards

The 2014 Dockerty Cup was also a qualifying completion for the inaugural 2014 FFA Cup, where the four semi-finalists qualified for the Round of 32.

For 2015, the preliminary rounds of the 2015 FFA Cup replaced the early rounds of the competition; the 4 Victorian qualifiers to the Round of 32 then compete in the semi-finals of the 2015 Dockerty Cup. [6]

Competition and Year Winner FFA Cup Qualification Qualifiers
2014 Dockerty Cup Melbourne Knights 2014 FFA Cup preliminary rounds Bentleigh Greens
Melbourne Knights
South Springvale
St Albans Saints
2015 Dockerty Cup South Melbourne 2015 FFA Cup preliminary rounds South Melbourne
Oakleigh Cannons
Heidelberg United
Hume City
2016 Dockerty Cup TBA 2016 FFA Cup preliminary rounds

Honours from Earlier Years (1909–2013)

1 Finalists : game abandoned
2 won on replay, after original match was drawn.
3 Awarded upon successful protest, after Melbourne Croatia had won the match 4–3, but had fielded an ineligible player.[7]

References :[8] [9]