Illawarra teams will have the chance to take on the A-League heavyweights after the inaugural FFA Cup was announced yesterday.
Football Federation Australia said its own version of the FA Cup would be given the green light in 2014, giving over 700 teams nationwide the opportunity to achieve Cup glory.
Starting in January, the competition will run for the calendar year culminating in a final in December.
Illawarra Premier League manager and FFA community coach education manager Norm Boardman thinks the Cup will succeed.
"You can imagine what would happen in the future if someone down here gets an opportunity to play a Western Sydney Wanderers or a Newcastle Jets," Boardman said.
"I think it will only add to the romance of the Cup. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that a local club team could knock off a Premier League side or a Premier League side could knock off an A-League side.
"It will strengthen leagues all over the place, not just here."
The region's Illawarra Premier League teams have had a rich recent history in Cup competitions, with both Wollongong United and Dapto Dandaloo Fury making it to the final stages of the statewide Waratah Cup. The launch of the FFA Cup isn't expected to affect competitions like the Waratah Cup.
"The idea of the FFA Cup has captured the imagination of the football community and there's a huge groundswell of support," FFA chief executive David Gallop said.