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How our football teams drew in national competition

THREE regional football teams have been assigned opponents after the draw for the FFA Cup quarter-final preliminary rounds was conducted.

Ipswich City will tackle another Capital League 1 team New Farm United at Sutton Park on April 3 after the Bulls beat Bayside United 3-1 in their second round clash this week.

National Premier Leagues defending champions Western Pride have been drawn to play Brisbane Premier League opponent Mt Gravatt away on the same night.

It will be Pride's first game in the annual knockout series and first time the Ipswich based club's top team will contest an FFA Cup match outside the city boundaries.

Football Queensland Premier League side, the Ipswich Knights, also make their competition debut, hosting Souths United on April 3.

Souths United recently beat the Knights 6-0 in a FQPL premiership match.

Western Spirit were bundled out of the competition on Tuesday night, losing 6-3 to Annerley.

As teams progress through the preliminary rounds, they move closer to earning a shot at A-League teams later in the national competition.

No regional team has advanced that far in previous seasons although Western Pride are capable of playing higher level opponents on their form this season.

Game day this weekend

NPL: Saturday (7pm) - Western Pride v Moreton Bay United at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.

NPL women: Saturday (5pm) - Western Pride v Capalaba at the Briggs Road Sporting Complex.

FQPL: Saturday (6pm) - Ipswich Knights v Logan Lightning at Cornubia Park.

CL1: Saturday (6pm) - Western Spirit v Park Ridge at Kippen Park. Sunday (5pm) - Ipswich City v North Star at O'Callaghan Park.

Women's Premier League: Saturday (6.15pm) - Ipswich City v Annerley at Elder Oval.