FFA Cup winners Adelaide United will be honoured at the Adelaide Town Hall this evening, following the Reds’ sensational 2-1 victory in the FFA Cup Final over Sydney FC.
“Congratulations to Adelaide United Football Club on their magnificent win in the FFA Cup Final,” said Premier Steven Marshall.
“The atmosphere at a packed-out Coopers Stadium last Tuesday night was electric, and it was brilliant to see the team get the job done in front of so many passionate Reds fans”.
“I’m delighted that the club’s latest achievement will be celebrated at Town Hall, with His Excellency Governor Hieu Van Le in attendance and the Lord Mayor Martin Haese and the City of Adelaide playing host, along with the State Government, to congratulate the players, coaching staff and the entire club on this latest piece of silverware.”
Adelaide United is the first club to win the FFA Cup on multiple occasions, and in doing so, they’ve delivered manager Marco Kurz his first trophy with the team.
Soccer’s popularity is rapidly on the rise in Australia, with a 22.5 per cent increase in participation nation-wide since 2016. 84 per cent of FFA members in South Australia support an A-League club, and the number of female members nation-wide has increased by 9.5 per cent from two years ago.
“With such a popular sport growing at a fast rate in South Australia and around the country, it’s fantastic to have the FFA Cup in Adelaide’s trophy cabinet again. Their performance in the Final will inspire more young South Australians to take up soccer, to get outside and to be active,” Premier Marshall said.
“It was fantastic to see two of the A-League’s best teams going head to head in such a tight contest that would’ve had the attention of soccer fans across the country fixed firmly on the city of Adelaide.”
Winger Craig Goodwin stole the show in the final, scoring two sensational goals to deny Sydney back-to-back Cup titles, to the delight of the crowd of just under 15,000.