The FA Cup in England is the oldest football competition in the world and this season, despite coronavirus pandemic-related issues, it returns for the 140th season.
Teams from the lowest level of the English football pyramid right up to the Premier League compete in the tournament and this year it will see a total of 736 teams take part.
Winner-takes-all knockout games mean there is always a chance of a ‘giant killing’ and there have been plenty of those moments over the years, contributing to the magic of the cup.
This season there will be no replays in order to ease the burden of fixture congestion. That decision was confirmed by the Football Association in August prior to the tournament kick-off.
Goal brings you everything you need to know about the 2020-21 edition of the FA Cup.
FA Cup 2020-21 fourth round
FA Cup fourth-round matches will be played over the weekend of January 23, 2021.
The draw for the fourth round took place on Monday January 11. Thirty-two teams will feature in the draw, with 16 ties to be played.
The standout draw of the tie is Manchester United hosting rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.
Date Match TV? Jan 22 – 25 Manchester United vs Liverpool TBC Jan 22 – 25 Southampton/Shrewsbury vs Arsenal TBC Jan 22 – 25 Brighton vs Blackpool TBC Jan 22 – 25 Chorley vs Wolves TBC Jan 22 – 25 Millwall vs Bristol City TBC Jan 22 – 25 Wycombe vs Tottenham TBC Jan 22 – 25 Fulham vs Burnley TBC Jan 22 – 25 Sheffield United vs Plymouth TBC Jan 22 – 25 Brentford vs Leicester TBC Jan 22 – 25 Everton vs Sheffield Wednesday TBC Jan 22 – 25 Stockport/West Ham vs Doncaster TBC Jan 22 – 25 Bournemouth vs Crawley TBC Jan 22 – 25 Swansea vs Nottingham Forest TBC Jan 22 – 25 Cheltenham vs Manchester City TBC Jan 22 – 25 Chelsea vs Luton TBC Jan 22 – 25 Brighton vs Blackpool TBC
FA Cup 2020-21 third round
The FA Cup 2020-21 third round will be held across the weekend of January 9-11, 2021.
Twenty Premier League teams and 24 Championship teams enter the competition at this point, joining the 20 winners from the second round.
A total of 32 fixtures will be played in the third round, including eighth-tier Merseyside club Marine taking on Premier League high-fliers Tottenham.
Southampton’s clash with Shrewsbury Town was postponed after a number of positive Covid-19 tests among the League One outfit’s players and staff.
Date Match TV? Jan 8 Aston Villa 1-4 Liverpool BT Sport Jan 8 Wolves 1-0 Crystal Palace BT Sport Jan 9 Everton 2-1 Rotherham United BT Sport Jan 9 Nottingham Forest 1-0 Cardiff City BT Sport Jan 9 Boreham Wood 0-2 Millwall BT Sport Jan 9 Luton Town 1-0 Reading BT Sport Jan 9 Norwich City 2-0 Coventry City BT Sport Jan 9 Chorley 2-0 Derby County BT Sport Jan 9 Oldham Athletic 1-4 Bournemouth BT Sport Jan 9 Stevenage 0-2 Swansea City BBC Jan 9 Bristol Rovers 2-3 Sheffield United BT Sport Jan 9 Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Doncaster Rovers FA Player Jan 9 Stoke City 0-4 Leicester City BBC Jan 9 Wycombe Wanderers 4-1 Preston North End FA Player Jan 9 Burnley 1-1 MK Dons (AET Burnley won 4-3 on penalties) FA Player Jan 9 QPR 0-2 Fulham BBC Jan 9 Exeter City 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday BT Sport Jan 9 Blackpool 2-2 West Brom (AET – Blackpool won 3-2 on penalties) BT Sport Jan 9 Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle BBC One Jan 9 Huddersfield Town 2-3 Plymouth Argyle FA Player Jan 9 Brentford 2-1 Middlesbrough FA Player Jan 9 Manchester United 1-0 Watford BT Sport Jan 10 Barnsley 2-0 Tranmere Rovers FA Player Jan 10 Crawley Town 3-0 Leeds United BBC One Jan 10 Bristol City 2-1 Portsmouth FA Player Jan 10 Manchester City 3-0 Birmingham City BBC Jan 10 Chelsea 4-0 Morecambe BBC Jan 10 Cheltenham Town 2-1 Mansfield Town (AET) FA Player Jan 10 Marine 0-5 Tottenham BBC One Jan 10 Newport County 1-1 Brighton (AET – Brighton won 4-3 on penalties) BT Sport Jan 11 Stockport County vs West Ham BT Sport TBC Southampton vs Shrewsbury Town TBC
FA Cup 2020-21 second round
The FA Cup 2020-21 second-round proper was held across the weekend of November 27-30.
Date Match TV? Nov 27 Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Brackley Town BBC Two Nov 28 Morecambe 4-2 Solihull Moors (AET) BBC & BT Sport digital Nov 28 Newport County 3-0 Salford City No Nov 28 Gillingham 2-3 Exeter City No Nov 28 Harrogate Town 0-4 Blackpool No Nov 28 Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Lincoln City No Nov 28 Portsmouth 6-1 King’s Lynn Town BBC & BT Sport digital Nov 28 Cheltenham Town 2-1 Crewe Alexandra (AET) BBC digital Nov 28 Bradford City 1-2 Oldham Athletic BBC digital Nov 28 Peterborough United 1-2 Chorley BT Sport 2 Nov 29 Stevenage 1-1 Hull City (AET – Stevenage won 6-5 on penalties) BBC digital Nov 29 Wimbledon 1-2 Crawley Town BBC digital Nov 29 Stockport County 3-2 Yeovil Town (AET) BBC digital Nov 29 Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Oxford City (AET) BBC & BT Sport digital Nov 29 Mansfield Town 2-1 Dagenham & Redbridge BBC digital Nov 29 Carlisle United 1-2 Doncaster Rovers BBC digital Nov 29 Barnet 0-1 MK Dons BBC digital Nov 29 Bristol Rovers 6-0 Darlington BBC & BT Sport digital Nov 29 Marine 1-0 Havant & Waterlooville BT Sport 1 Nov 30 Canvey Island 0-3 Boreham Wood BT Sport 1
FA Cup 2020-21 first round
The first round proper of FA Cup 2020-21 kicked off on November 6, with games also being played on November 7, 8 and 9.
A total of 48 clubs from League One and League Two enter at this phase of the competition as they join the 31 winners of the previous round (along with the bye recipients – on this occasion, Chorley Town).
Date Match TV? Nov 6 Harrogate Town 4-0 Skelmersdale United BT Sport 1 Nov 7 Tonbridge Angels 0-7 Bradford City BBC & BT Sport digital Nov 7 Exeter City 2-1 Fylde No Nov 7 Leyton Orient 1-2 Newport County No Nov 7 Sunderland 0-1 Mansfield Town No Nov 7 Bolton Wanderers 2-3 Crewe Alexandra No Nov 7 Oxford United 1-2 Peterborough United No Nov 7 Walsall 1-2 Bristol Rovers No Nov 7 Rochdale 1-2 Stockport County No Nov 7 Swindon Town 1-2 Darlington No Nov 7 Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Accrington Stanley No Nov 7 Bromley 0-1 Yeovil Town (AET) No Nov 7 Cheltenham Town 3-1 South Shields No Nov 7 Stevenage 2-2 Concord Rangers (AET – Stevenage win 5-4 on penalties) No Nov 7 Gillingham 3-2 Woking No Nov 7 Charlton Athletic 0-1 Plymouth Argyle No Nov 7 Salford City 2-0 Hartlepool United (AET) No Nov 7 Hull City 2-0 Fleetwood Town No Nov 7 Colchester United 1-1 Marine (AET – Marine win 5-3 on penalties) BBC iPlayer / BBC digital Nov 7 Dagenham & Redbridge 3-1 Grimsby Town No Nov 7 Cambridge United 0-2 Shrewsbury Town No Nov 7 Brackley Town 3-3 Bishop’s Stortford (AET – Brackley win 3-2 on penalties) No Nov 7 Boreham Wood 3-3 Southend United (AET – Boreham Wood win 4-3 on penalties) No Nov 7 Ipswich Town 2-3 Portsmouth (AET) BBC & BT Sport digital Nov 7 Port Vale 0-1 King’s Lynn Town No Nov 7 Lincoln City 6-2 Forest Green Rovers No Nov 7 Banbury United 1-2 Canvey Island BBC iPlayer / BBC digital Nov 7 FC United of Manchester 1-5 Doncaster Rovers BBC Two Nov 8 Scunthorpe United 2-3 Solihull Moors No Nov 8 Havant & Waterlooville 1-0 Cray Valley BBC iPlayer / BBC digital Nov 8 Barnet 1-0 Burton Albion BBC iPlayer / BBC digital Nov 8 Wigan Athletic 2-3 Chorley BBC iPlayer / BBC digital Nov 8 Maldon & Tiptree 0-1 Morecambe BBC / BT Sport digital Nov 8 Torquay United 5-6 Crawley Town BBC iPlayer / BBC digital Nov 8 Hayes & Yeading United 2-2 Carlisle United (AET – Carlisle win 4-3 on penalties) BBC iPlayer / BBC digital Nov 8 Eastleigh 0-0 MK Dons (AET – MK Dons win 4-3 on penalties) BBC iPlayer / BBC digital Nov 8 Hampton & Richmond Borough 2-3 Oldham Athletic BBC / BT Sport digital Nov 8 Eastbourne Borough 0-3 Blackpool BT Sport 1 Nov 9 Oxford City 2-1 Northampton Town BT Sport 1 Nov 26 Barrow 0-0 Wimbledon (AET – Wimbledon win 4-2 on penalties) No
When did the FA Cup 2020-21 start & when is the final?
Date Round August 31 – November 4, 2020 Qualifying rounds November 6, 2020 First round November 27, 2020 Second round January 9, 2021 Third round January 23, 2021 Fourth round February 10, 2021 Fifth round March 20, 2021 Quarter-finals April 17, 2021 Semi-finals May 15, 2021 Final
The first round proper of the 2020-21 FA Cup kicked off on November 6, 2020, with 47 clubs from League One and League Two entering at that stage.
Those clubs joined the 32 winners from the qualifying stages of the competition, which got underway at the end of August and concluded on November 4.
Premier League and Championship clubs enter the competition at the third round.
The FA Cup 2020-21 final is scheduled for Saturday May 15, 2021. It will be held at the traditional venue of Wembley in London.
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FA Cup 2020-21 TV channel & online stream
UK TV channel Online stream BBC / BT Sport BBC iPlayer / BT Sport digital app
The FA Cup is broadcast on the BBC and BT Sport in the United Kingdom.
Both networks air the final and share the rest of the competition, taking turns to select the games they wish to broadcast.
All matches shown by the BBC and BT Sport will be available to stream on their respective websites and apps, while a number will be exclusively online.
US TV channel Online stream N/A ESPN+
In the United States, the rights to the FA Cup are owned by ESPN and the games are exclusively streamed online via ESPN+ .
That means the games are not strictly being shown live on television in the US.
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