|Number of teams||223 (in 2020)|
|Qualifier for||FFA Cup,|
|Current champions||2019: Hume City |
|Most successful club(s)||Melbourne Knights |
|Television broadcasters||Facebook Live|
|2020 FFA Cup preliminary rounds|
2020 Dockerty Cup
The Dockerty Cup is an annual association football knock-out competition open to all Victorian clubs across the Victorian football league system. The tournament is named after the former president of Football Federation Victoria Harry Dockerty, and since 2014 is also a qualifying competition for the FFA Cup.
The competition was established in 1909 and held every season with the exception of 3 years during World War I (1916, 1917, 1918). Following the 1996 season the Dockerty Cup was in recess before returning in 2004 as the "Crazy John's Cup", it would be run for three seasons before re-entering recess following the 2006 season. 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 "FFV State Knockout Cup" in 2012 and 2013. However, in both years, the winner was awarded with the Dockerty Cup trophy. From the 2014 season onwards, it is once again known as the Dockerty Cup.
Participation in the Dockerty Cup is mandatory for the senior men's team from every Victorian club within the National Premier Leagues and the State Leagues, and optional for teams from the Regional Leagues. Because the competition serves as the Preliminary Rounds for the FFA Cup competition, only one team per Club is eligible. This means that the National Premier League Victoria 2 sides of Melbourne Victory Youth and Melbourne City Youth are excluded from the competition, as their parent A-League sides automatically qualify for the FFA Cup at the Round of 32.
Additionally if a Victorian club wins the NPL Championship - as occurred with Heidelberg United in the 2018 Dockerty Cup - they are excluded from the preliminary rounds as they have also qualified for the FFA Cup at the Round of 32. Instead they join the Dockerty Cup competition in a special playoff round match held the week prior to the semi-finals.
The competition acts a classic single-elimination knock-out tournament, with one team progressing from each tie to the next round. Fixtures for each round are determined by a random draw, with teams entering the tournament on a staggered basis, depending on their respective positions in the league hierarchy. The team drawn first hosts the match, with the final being held at a neutral venue. No replays are currently utilised in the Dockerty Cup, with a drawn match going to 30 minutes of extra time and eventually a penalty shoot-out if necessary.
Since 2014, the Dockerty Cup has also served as preliminary competition for the FFA Cup, from the First Qualifying Round to the Seventh Round. The four semi-finalists of the Dockerty Cup qualify as Victoria's representatives, at the Round of 32. In 2020, the FFA Cup competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.
|Federation||Competition||Total FFA Cup Victorian Entrants|
|Football Victoria||Dockerty Cup||190 -> 4||191 -> 4||202 -> 4||217 -> 4||217 -> 4||214 -> 4||-|
Round of 32 Qualifiers
Since 2014 the Dockerty Cup winners also qualify for the following season's single-match FV Community Shield, a new season opener played against the previous season's NPL Victoria champions. From 2014, the tournament has also served as a qualifier for the FFA Cup round of 32, with the four semi-finalists serving as Victoria's representatives in the national competition.
The prize fund for the 2018 Dockerty Cup is detailed below.
|Round||No. of Clubs
Additionally each draw of the Dockerty Cup round's are broadcast live on Football Victoria's Facebook page, while a number of clubs will provide live score updates during each match either via the clubs official website, Facebook, or Twitter.
|FFA Cup Qualifiers|
|2014||Melbourne Knights (9)||1-0 (aet)||South Springvale||190||Bentleigh Greens||Melbourne Knights||South Springvale||St Albans Saints||N/A|
|2015||South Melbourne (8)||3-0||Oakleigh Cannons||191||Heidelberg United||Hume City||Oakleigh Cannons||South Melbourne||N/A|
|2016||Bentleigh Greens (1)||1-0 (aet)||Green Gully||202||Bentleigh Greens||Green Gully||Hume City||Melbourne Knights||N/A|
|2017||Heidelberg United (1)||1-1 (aet)
|Bentleigh Greens||217||Bentleigh Greens||Heidelberg United||Hume City||South Melbourne||N/A|
|2018||Bentleigh Greens (2)||2-0||Heidelberg United||217||Avondale||Bentleigh Greens||Northcote City||Port Melbourne||Heidelberg United|
|2019||Hume City (1)||1-0||Melbourne Knights||214||Bulleen Lions||Hume City||Melbourne Knights||Moreland Zebras||N/A|
|2020||Dockerty Cup and 2020 FFA Cup cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia.|
(Croatia, Essendon Croatia, Melbourne Croatia)
|9||7||1968, 1969, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1996, 2014|
(Moreland-Hakoah, Melbourne St. Kilda)
|8||7||1935, 1945, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1966, 1973|
(South Melbourne Hellas)
|8||4||1974, 1975, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2015|
(Juventus, Brunswick United Juventus)
|6||7||1960, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1977, 1987|
|Footscray Thistle||5||2||1919, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1932|
|Brighton||5||3||1933, 1937, 1943, 1944, 1952|
|Green Gully Cavaliers
(Green Gully Ajax)
|5||1||1981, 1982, 1986, 2004, 2013|