FA Cup means The Football Association Challenge Cup, which is an annual knockout cup competition in National Sports and is the oldest competition in the world. It is usually belongs to the English men’s tournament, even though a women’s tournament is also held. The women’s tournament is called as FA Women’s cup. In this tournament "The FA Cup with Budweiser" is the present sponsor and "Wigan Athletic F.C." team is current championship.
In 1871-72, the FA cup was held for the first time. Entry is accessible to all teams who participated in the Premier League, Football League and in steps one to five of the FA National League System, as well as selected teams in step 6. This means that teams of all standards challenge, from the major clubs in England and Wales down to the amateur village teams.
Generally this tournament is well-known for possibility for "minnows" from lower divisions to become as "gaint-killers".They also need to eliminate top clubs from tournament and even theoretically winning the cup.
Though these lower divisions will be rarely succeed beyond the early stages. The qualification rounds and a system of byes mean that the lowest and largest teams will never meet with each other. For the first time Wigan Athletic is the current championship after defeating Manchester City 1–0 to win the Cup.
In the offices of The Sportsman newspaper, C. W. Alcock was a main troublemaker in the development of football. He was suggested on 20 July 1871, to The Football Association committee that "it is desirable that a Challenge Cup should be recognized in connection with the Association for which all clubs belonging to the Association should be invited to compete".
The other committee members were:
In November 1871 the proposal was approved and the inaugural FA Cup tournament was came out.
The 2013–14 tournament is the 133rd season of the FA Cup and is sponsored by Budweiser for a third successive season. The FA Cup Final is planned at Wembley Stadium, London on 17th May 2014. From England and Wales, 737 clubs were come into the competition, starting with the Extra Preliminary Round on 16 August. Guernsey team was entered into the competition for the first time in FA Cup’s history and is ready to qualify for the Second Round.
FA Cup is a knockout tournament. Hosting non-league team of FA cup qualifies along with all teams of League 1, League 2, Football League Championship and Premiership playing clubs. Draw of every proper round live telecast in television.
In qualifying rounds clubs that are playing in Conference South and Conference North leagues join in the second qualifying round. Club from Conference Premier join in the fourth qualifying round. Total 5 qualifying rounds in this stage i.e., extra preliminary round, preliminary round, first round qualifying, second round qualifying, third round qualifying, fourth round qualifying.
First Round Proper
Winners of fourth qualifying round join with along clubs from League 1 and League 2. Each play with their opponent in a sing match and winner qualifies for next round. If a match draw then another match play between those teams. This round held normally in mid-November.
Second Round Proper
First round proper winners qualify for this stage and opponent choose through draw. Winner of second round qualify for next stage. This round held normally one of the first two Saturdays in December.
Third Round Proper
Second round proper winner join along with clubs from premier league and football league championship. This round normally held in first weekend in January.
Fourth Round Proper
Winners from third round proper team qualified this round. This round normally held in first weekend in January and February.
Fifth Round Proper
Winners from fourth round proper team qualified this fifth round. This round normally held in mid-February.
Sixth Round Proper
Fifth round winners join in this sixth round proper and it is a quarter-finals round. Total 8 teams join in this round and normally held in mid-March.
4 winners of sixth round teams play semi-finals with their opponent normally a month later.
Winners of semi-finals clubs play the FA Cup finals held the Saturday after the Premier League season finishes in May.
|Prize Money||Draw||Fixtures||First Round||Second Round||Third Round||Fourth Round||Fifth Round||Sixth Round||Semi Finals||Final|
|Football Association Challenge Cup,|
|Dates||15 August 2015 – 21 May 2016|
|Round||No. of Clubs Receive Fund||Prize Fund Per Club|
|Extra Preliminary Round winners||184||£1,500|
|Preliminary Round winners||160||£1,925|
|First Round Qualifying winners||116||£3,000|
|Second Round Qualifying winners||80||£4,500|
|Third Round Qualifying winners||40||£7,500|
|Fourth Round Qualifying winners||32||£12,500|
|First Round winners||40||£18,000|
|Second Round winners||20||£27,000|
|Third Round winners||32||£67,500|
|Fourth Round winners||16||£90,000|
|Fifth Round winners||8||£180,000|
|Sixth Round winners||4||£360,000|
|Round||No. of Clubs Rreceive Fund||Prize Fund|
|Extra Preliminary Round||185||£1,500|
|First Round Qualifying||116||£3,000|
|Second Round Qualifying||80||£4,500|
|Third Round Qualifying||40||£7,500|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||32||£12,500|
|Champions||Arsenal (12th title)|
|Champions||Arsenal (11th title)|
Most consecutive wins: 3, joint record:
Most appearances in a final: 18, joint record:
Most appearances without winning: 4, Leicester City has won in the years of 1949, 1961, 1963, 1969
Most appearances without losing: 5, Wanderers has won in the years of 1872, 1873, 1876, 1877, 1878
Biggest win: 6 goals: Bury 6–0 Derby County, has won in the years of 1903
Most goals in a final: 7:
Most goals by a losing side: 3:
Most defeats: 8, Everton has won in the years of 1893, 1897, 1907, 1968, 1985, 1986, 1989, 2009
Most wins: 7, Ashley Cole (Arsenal) has won in the years of 2002, 2003, 2005 & (Chelsea) has won in the years of 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Most appearances: 9, Arthur Kinnaird (Wanderers) has won in the years of 1872–73, 1874–75, 1875–76, 1876–77, 1877–78 & (Old Etonians) has won in the years of 1878–79, 1880–81, 1881–82, 1882–83
Most goals (one final): 3, Billy Townley (Blackburn Rovers) has won in the year of 1890, James Logan (Notts County) has won in the year of 1894 & Stan Mortensen (Blackpool) has won in the year of 1953
Most goals (all finals): 5, Ian Rush (Liverpool)
Most finals scored in: 4, Didier Drogba (Chelsea) has won in the years of 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012
Fastest goal: 25 seconds, Louis Saha (for Everton v. Chelsea, has won in the year of 2009)
Youngest FA Cup finalist: Curtis Weston (Millwall), 17 years and 119 days
Youngest player to score in an FA Cup Final: Norman Whiteside (Manchester United), 18 years and 19 days
Oldest player: Billy Hampson, 41 years and 257 days (for Newcastle United v. Aston Villa, has won in the years of 1923–24)
Biggest win: Preston North End 26–0 Hyde United (First Round, 15 October 1887)
Biggest away win: Clapton 0–14 Nottingham Forest (First Round, 17 January 1891)
Highest attendance at Wembley: 126,047 (Bolton Wanderers v. West Ham United, Final, 28 April 1923)
Most clubs competing for trophy in a season: 763 (2011–12)
Longest tie: 660 minutes (6 matches in total), Oxford City v. Alvechurch (Fourth Qualifying Round, 1971–72; Alvechurch won the sixth match 1–0)
Longest penalty shootout: 20 penalties each, Tunbridge Wells v. Littlehampton Town (Preliminary Round Replay, 31 August 2005; Tunbridge Wells won 16–15)
Most rounds played in a season: 9, joint record:
Most games played in a season: 13, Bideford (1974–75: one First Qualifying, two Second Qualifying, five Third Qualifying, four Fourth Qualifying and one First Round)
Fastest goal: 4 seconds, Gareth Morris (for Ashton United v. Skelmersdale United, 17 September 2001)
Most consecutive games without defeat: 22, Blackburn Rovers (1884–1886)
Fastest hat-trick: 2 min 20 sec, Andy Locke (for Nantwich Town v. Droylsden, 1995)
Most Career Goals: 49, Henry "Harry" Cursham (Notts County between 1877 and 1888).
Most goals by a player in a single FA Cup season: 19, Jimmy Ross (for Preston North End, 1887-88)
Most goals by a player in a single FA Cup game: 9, Ted MacDougall (for Bournemouth in 1971)
Scoreline: Two examples of teams scoring 7 goals and not winning – Dulwich Hamlet 8–7 St Albans City (Fourth Qualifying Round Replay, 22 November 1922), and Dulwich Hamlet 7–7 Wealdstone (Fourth Qualifying Round, 16 November 1929).
Youngest player: Andy Awford, 15 years and 88 days (for Worcester City v. Boreham Wood, Third qualifying round, 1987–88),
Youngest goalscorer: Sean Cato, 16 years and 25 days (for Barrow Town v. Rothwell Town, 2011–12)
Youngest goalscorer (proper rounds): George Williams, 16 years, 2 months and 5 days (for MK Dons v. Nantwich Town, 2011–12)