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FA Cup

The Football Association Challenge Cup, more commonly known as the FA 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). Since 2015, it has been known as The Emirates FA Cup after its headline sponsor. A concurrent women's tournament is also held, the Women's FA Cup.

The competition is open to any eligible club down to Level 10 of the English football league system – 20 professional clubs in the Premier League (level 1), 72 professional clubs in 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 the 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.

FA Cup

FA Cup News

2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Preview: Millwall vs. Sunderland - prediction, team news, lineups
Two teams striving for an unlikely playoff place meet at The Den on Saturday afternoon as Millwall host newly-promoted Sunderland in the Championship.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Liverpool
Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino have reportedly returned to training as the pair step up their recovery from their respective injuries.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Preview: Rotherham United vs. Sheffield United - prediction, team news, lineups
Sheffield United will make the short trip across South Yorkshire to the New York Stadium on Saturday, as they take on Rotherham United.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Diogo Dalot returns to Manchester United training
Diogo Dalot has returned to training ahead of Saturday's Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Leeds United striker Rodrigo ruled out for up to two months after undergoing ankle surgery
Leeds United have confirmed that forward Rodrigo is ruled out for up to two months with an ankle injury.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Preview: Reading vs. Watford - prediction, team news, lineups
Reading will be looking to bounce back after an FA Cup exit when they host playoff-chasing Watford at the Select Car Leasing Stadium in the Championship on Saturday afternoon.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Bruno Fernandes determined to win silverware this season
Manchester United attacker Bruno Fernandes has said that the Red Devils need to become a team used to winning trophies again.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Preview: Huddersfield Town vs. Queens Park Rangers - prediction, team news, lineups
Huddersfield Town will be looking to move themselves out of the bottom three in the Championship when they face Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon at the John Smith's Stadium.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Rating Manchester United's January arrivals: Could Marcel Sabitzer play a key role?
Manchester United's business over last summer's transfer window meant that they were not planning to be active during the January market.
2 February 2023
talksport.com
Christian Eriksen injury: Dane set to miss crucial period of Man United games
As we enter February, Manchester United are still competing on four fronts with their fixture list looking packed but they'll be without a key man for several weeks.
2 February 2023
talksport.com
Man United set up Newcastle showdown, Ten Hag hails Sancho return, Premier League build-up
talkSPORT.com has you covered with all the latest Premier League news and transfer fallout in our dedicated football live blog.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
How Manchester United could line up against Crystal Palace
Manchester United will be without at least three players for Saturday's Premier League encounter against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
How Manchester United could line up against Crystal Palace
Manchester United will be without at least three players for Saturday's Premier League encounter against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Manchester City team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester City make the trip to North London to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Preview: Preston North End vs. Bristol City - prediction, team news, lineups
Preston North End and Bristol City square off at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon looking for a victory which will keep them as outsiders for a playoff spot.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Preview: Middlesbrough vs. Blackpool - prediction, team news, lineups
Middlesbrough will strengthen their hold of third position in the Championship standings if they can defeat Blackpool on Saturday afternoon.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Preview: Luton Town vs. Stoke City - prediction, team news, lineups
Luton Town play host to Stoke City on Saturday afternoon looking to further strengthen their position in the Championship playoff spots.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Preview: Accrington Stanley vs. Lincoln City - prediction, team news, lineups
Accrington Stanley are aiming to make it back-to-back league wins at the Wham Stadium when they host Lincoln City on Saturday.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Preview: Norwich City vs. Burnley - prediction, team news, lineups
Burnley square off against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon looking to move a step closer to securing promotion from the Championship.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Preview: Aston Villa vs. Leicester City - prediction, team news, lineups
A short trip across the Midlands awaits Leicester City on Saturday afternoon, as the Foxes travel to face Aston Villa in the Premier League.
2 February 2023
talksport.com
Man United set up Newcastle showdown, Ten Hag hails Sancho return, Premier League build-up
Manchester United joined Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final to set up a mouth-watering clash at Wembley.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Preview: Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Bournemouth - prediction, team news, lineups
Fresh from their second memorable victory over Liverpool in the space of a couple of weeks, Brighton & Hove Albion return to Premier League action with the visit of Bournemouth to the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Chelsea 'have no plans to sack Graham Potter this season'
The Chelsea hierarchy reportedly intend to keep Graham Potter in the long term, regardless of their results for the remainder of the season.
2 February 2023
talksport.com
Keane tries to blag free cup final tickets from Ten Hag and says feel-good factor is back
Manchester United are officially back and even Roy Keane is trying to get his hands on free tickets to watch them.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
How Liverpool could line up against Wolverhampton Wanderers
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp must work around the absence of Ibrahima Konate for Saturday's Premier League contest with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Liverpool - prediction, team news, lineups
Only a couple of weeks on from defeating their West Midlands counterparts in the FA Cup, Liverpool travel to Molineux once again to tackle Wolverhampton Wanderers in Saturday's Premier League match.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
How Arsenal could line up against Everton
Arsenal new boy Jorginho could make his debut for the club when the Premier League leaders travel to Everton for Saturday lunchtime's battle.
2 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Tottenham Hotspur team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Manchester City
Seeking a slice of revenge over the Premier League champions, Tottenham Hotspur host Manchester City in the top flight on Sunday afternoon.
1 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Manchester United team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Crystal Palace
Manchester United will be bidding to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
1 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Jadon Sancho returns to Manchester United squad after lengthy absence
Jadon Sancho has returned to the Manchester United squad for Wednesday's EFL Cup semi-final second leg with Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford.
1 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Preview: West Bromwich Albion vs. Coventry City - prediction, team news, lineups
West Bromwich Albion will be looking to get their playoff push back on the track when they host Coventry City at The Hawthorns on Friday night in the Championship.
1 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Chelsea 'complete signing of Southampton starlet Jimmy-Jay Morgan'
Chelsea have reportedly completed the signing of Southampton starlet Jimmy-Jay Morgan on a permanent deal.
1 February 2023
talksport.com
Murphy tells Ten Hag to stop 'whining and winging' about Eriksen injury and Carroll tackle
Danny Murphy has told Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag to quit 'whining and winging' after losing Christian Eriksen to injury.
1 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Games Ibrahima Konate could miss through injury
When it rains it pours for Liverpool, who have reportedly now lost another key centre-back to injury in the form of Ibrahima Konate.
1 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Liverpool team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Liverpool will be looking to return to winning ways when they make the trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
1 February 2023
sportsmole.co.uk
Arsenal team news: Injury, suspension list vs. Everton
Arsenal will be bidding to return to winning ways on Saturday afternoon when they head to struggling Everton in the Premier League.