2019–20 FA Cup

The 2019–20 FA Cup (also known as the Football Association Challenge Cup) will be the 139th edition of the oldest football tournament in the world. It will be sponsored by Emirates and known as The Emirates FA Cup for sponsorship purposes.

Premier League side Manchester City are the defending champions.

2019–20 FA Cup
Football Association Challenge Cup
CountryEngland
Guernsey
Wales
Dates10 August 2019 – 23 May 2020
Teams736
Defending championsManchester City
2020–21

Teams

Round Clubs
remaining
Clubs
involved
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering
at this round
First Round Proper 124 80 32 TBA 24 EFL League One teams
24 EFL League Two teams
Second Round Proper 84 40 40 none none
Third Round Proper 64 64 20 TBA 20 Premier League teams
24 EFL Championship teams
Fourth Round Proper 32 32 32 none none
Fifth Round Proper 16 16 16 none none
Quarter-finals 8 8 8 none none
Semi-finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none

Round and draw dates

Phase Round Draw date First match date Ref.
Qualifying rounds Extra Preliminary Round 12 July 2019 10 August 2019 [1]
Preliminary Round 24 August 2019
First Round Qualifying TBA 7 September 2019
Second Round Qualifying 21 September 2019
Third Round Qualifying 5 October 2019
Fourth Round Qualifying 19 October 2019
Main tournament First Round Proper 9 November 2019
Second Round Proper 30 November 2019
Third Round Proper 4 January 2020
Fourth Round Proper 25 January 2020
Fifth Round Proper 4 March 2020
Quarter-finals 21 March 2020
Semi-finals 18 April 2020
Final 23 May 2020

Qualifying rounds

All of the competing teams that are not members of either the Premier League or English Football League will compete in the qualifying rounds to secure one of 32 available places in the First Round Proper. The qualifying competition will begin with the Extra Preliminary Round on 10 August 2019. The fourth and final qualifying round will be played over the weekend of 19 October 2019.

References

  1. ^ "The Emirates FA Cup Round Dates Season 2019-20" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
2019–20 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The 2019–20 FA Cup qualifying rounds opens the 139th season of competition in England for The Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup), the world's oldest association football single knockout competition.

The FA made 736 places available in the FA Cup for the 19-20 season, the same number as had been accepted the previous year. The 92 teams from the EFL and Premier League received direct entry to the competition proper. The remaining 644 teams, from the National League System (levels 4-10 of the English football league system), enter into the qualifying competition consisting of six rounds of preliminary (2) and qualifying (4) knockout matches. With more eligible entrants than places available, teams from level 10 of the English football league system were accepted up to the point at which the 736 places were full, based on their points per game from the 2018-19 season, with 1.84 points per game being the cut off. The 32 winning teams from the Fourth Round Qualifying will progress to the First Round Proper.

2019–20 Manchester United F.C. season

The 2019–20 season will be Manchester United's 28th season in the Premier League and their 45th consecutive season in the top flight of English football. The club will participate in the Premier League, the UEFA Europa League, the EFL Cup and the FA Cup.

This will be the first season since 2008–09 without club captain Antonio Valencia who left United at the end of the 2018–19 season.

FA Cup

The FA Cup, also known officially as The Football Association Challenge Cup, is an annual knockout football competition in men's domestic English football. First played during the 1871–72 season, it is the oldest national football competition in the world. It is organised by and named after The Football Association (The FA). For sponsorship reasons, from 2015 through to 2019 it is also known as The Emirates FA Cup. A concurrent women's tournament is also held, the FA Women's Cup.

The competition is open to any eligible club down to Level 10 of the English football league system – all 92 professional clubs in the Premier League (Level 1) and the English Football League (Levels 2 to 4), and several hundred "non-league" teams in Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System (Levels 5 to 10). A record 763 clubs competed in 2011–12. The tournament consists of 12 randomly drawn rounds followed by the semi-finals and the final. Entrants are not seeded, although a system of byes based on league level ensures higher ranked teams enter in later rounds – the minimum number of games needed to win, depending on which round a team enters the competition, ranges from six to fourteen.

The first six rounds are the Qualifying Competition, from which 32 teams progress to the first round of the Competition Proper, meeting the first of the 48 professional teams from Leagues One and Two. The last entrants are the Premier League and Championship clubs, into the draw for the Third Round Proper. In the modern era, only one non-league team has ever reached the quarter-finals, and teams below Level 2 have never reached the final. As a result, significant focus is given to those "minnows" (smaller teams) who progress furthest, especially if they achieve an unlikely "giant-killing" victory.

Winners receive the FA Cup trophy, of which there have been two designs and five actual cups; the latest is a 2014 replica of the second design, introduced in 1911. Winners also qualify for the Europa League and a place in the FA Community Shield match. Manchester City are the current holders, having beaten Watford 6–0 in the 2019 final. Arsenal are the most successful club with 13 titles. Arsène Wenger is the most successful manager in the history of the competition, having won seven finals as manager of Arsenal.

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