The final of Victoria’s most historic and enduring football (soccer) competition, the Dockerty Cup, will be held in Ballarat in August, 2020.
Football Victoria (FV) and the City of Ballarat have agreed in principle to host the 2020 Dockerty Cup final at the Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility at Morshead Park - the first time the cup final would ever be held at a regional Victorian venue.
FV CEO Peter Filopoulos, who announced the decision at today’s Dockerty Cup final between Melbourne Knights FC and Hume City FC in Melbourne, said the decision reflected the vital role regional Victoria played in growing the world game in the state.
“It’s fantastic to have the final of Victoria’s most historic football competition held in one of Victoria’s most historic and significant towns, Ballarat,” Mr Filopoulos said.
“Ballarat and district has a proud and strong footballing heritage, led by Ballarat City FC currently in the National Premier League Victoria’s NPL2 West competition,” he said.
“We look forward to working very closely with the City of Ballarat over the next 12 months to ensure, in its 111th anniversary, that it will be a memorable occasion in August 2020 when next year’s Dockerty Cup final is decided at Morshead Park.”
City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh says the announcement cements yet another elite level sport for Ballarat.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for Ballarat soccer enthusiasts to experience this incredible historic competition right here in Ballarat."
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About the City of Ballarat
The City of Ballarat municipality covers an area of 740 square kilometres and includes the outlying townships of Buninyong, Miners Rest, Learmonth and Cardigan Village. It is part of an area of land under the traditional custodianship of the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung people and is bound by the surrounding municipalities of Hepburn Shire (to the north), Moorabool Shire (to the east), Pyrenees Shire (to the west and Golden Plains Shire (to the south).