The 2012–13 FA Cup qualifying rounds opened the 132nd season of competition in England for 'The Football Association Challenge Cup' (FA Cup), the world's oldest association football single knockout competition. A total of 758 clubs were accepted for the competition, down five from the previous season's 763.
The large number of clubs entering the tournament from lower down (Levels 5 through 10) in the English football pyramid meant that the competition started with six rounds of preliminary (2) and qualifying (4) knockouts for these non-League teams. The 32 winning clubs from Fourth Round Qualifying progressed to the First Round Proper, where League clubs tiered at Levels 3 and 4 entered the competition.
Extra preliminary round ties were played on Friday the 10th, Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of August. Replays were played on Monday the 13th, Tuesday the 14th and Wednesday the 15th of August. The relative immediacy of the replays was due to there only being two weeks between consecutive rounds of the competition. 400 teams, from Level 9 and Level 10 of English football, entered at this stage of the competition.
Preliminary Round fixtures were played on the weekend of 25 August 2012. A total of 332 teams took part in this stage of the competition, including the 200 winners from the Extra Preliminary Round and 132 entering at this stage from the six leagues at Level 8 of English football. The round featured 49 teams from Level 10 still in the competition, being the lowest ranked teams in this round. The draw was as follows: The draw is as follows:
The First Round Qualifying fixtures were played on the weekend of 8 September 2012, with replays being played the following mid-week. A total of 232 clubs took part in this stage of the competition, including the 166 winners from the Preliminary Round and 66 entering at this stage from the top division of the three leagues at Level 7 of English football. The round featured twenty clubs from Level 10 still in the competition, being the lowest ranked clubs in this round. The draw is as follows:
Clevedon Town's Scott Murray won the Budweiser Player of the Round with 75% of the votes.
The Third Round Qualifying took place on the weekend of 6 October 2012. A total of 80 clubs took part, all having progressed from the Second Round Qualifying. Five clubs from Level 9 of English football, was the lowest-ranked team to qualify for this round of the competition.
The draw is as follows:
South Park's Kieran Lavery won the Budweiser Player of the Round with 33% of the votes.
The Fourth Round Qualifying took place on the weekend of 20 October 2012. A total of 64 clubs took part, 40 having progressed from the Third Round Qualifying and 24 clubs from Conference Premier, forming Level 5 of English football, entering at this stage. The lowest-ranked sides to qualify for this round were Level 9 clubs South Park, and Blackfield & Langley. The draw is as follows:
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