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FA Cup (The Emirates FA Cup)

The FA Cup, or The Emirates FA Cup, is the oldest football competition in the world and have been played since 1871. It is named after the English Football Association (Football Association Challenge Cup) and is open for any team in the English football league system.

 
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The winner of the tournament will be qualified for the Uefa Europa League. If the winner is already qualified for Uefa Europa League, the best non-qualified team from Premier League will get the Europa ticket.

Arsenal has won the FA cup 13 times and holds the current record for most cup wins.

The FA Cup structure

The FA Cup is a knockout competition and the fixtures in each round are determined by a random draw. The qualification rounds are divided in different geographical regions to reduce travel costs. High ranked teams enters the competition much later than the lower ranked teams.

Qualifying competition

The qualifying competition is played in 6 rounds. The qualification rounds are usually played from August to October every year. Level 1-4 clubs do not have to play the qualification rounds and enters the competition in the Competition Proper.

Competition proper

The Competition Proper part of the tournament is played from November to May. It is divided into 6 rounds followed by semi-finals and final. The first 6 rounds are played at the home ground of one of the two teams while the semi-finals and final are played at Wembley Stadium.

Tiebreaks

From the Fifth Round ties are settled by extra time and penalty shootout. In earlier rounds of the tournament, up to the Fourth Round Proper, tied matches will go to a replay. The replay match is played at the venue of the away team at a later date. If the replay match is still tied, the winner is settled by extra time and penalty shootout (if necessary).

The FA Cup schedule

August
Extra-Preliminary Round
Qualifying competition
Preliminary Round
September First Round
Second Round
October Third Round
Fourth Round
November First Round Competition proper
December Second Round
January Third Round
Fourth Round
February Fifth Round
March Quarter-finals
April Semi-Finals
May Final