FA Cup 2015-16

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:

  • Stair (F.A. Treasurer) (Upton Park)
  • C.W. Stephenson (Westminster School)
  • J.H. Gifford (Civil Service)
  • D. Allport (Crystal Palace)
  • M.P. Betts (Harrow School)
  • Capt. Francis Marindin (Royal Engineers)

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  2015-2016


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.

Qualifying Rounds

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,
Country England,
Dates 15 August 2015 – 21 May 2016
Teams 736

2015-16 Prize Money

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
Semi-Final losers 2 £450,000
Semi-Final winners 2 £900,000
Final runners-up 1 £900,000
Final winner 1 £1,800,000
Total   £15,132,000

2014 -15

Round No. of Clubs Rreceive Fund Prize Fund
Extra Preliminary Round 185 £1,500
Preliminary Round 160 £1,925
First Round Qualifying 116 £3,000
Second Round Qualifying 80 £4,500
Third Round Qualifying 40 £7,500
Fourth Round Qualifying 32 £12,500
First Round 40 £18,000
Second Round 20 £27,000
Third Round 32 £67,500
Fourth Round 16 £90,000
Fifth Round 8 £180,000
Sixth Round 4 £360,000
Semi-Final losers 2 £450,000
Semi-Final winners 2 £900,000
Final runners-up 1 £900,000
Final winner 1 £1,800,000
Total   £15,133,500

FA Cup  Past Champions


Champions Arsenal (12th title)
Runners-up Aston Villa


Country England
Teams 737
Champions Arsenal (11th title)
Runners-up Hull City



  • Most wins: 11, Manchester United in the years of 1909, 1948, 1963, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2004

Most consecutive wins: 3, joint record:

  • Wanderers has won in the years of 1876, 1877, 1878
  • Blackburn Rovers, has won in the years of 1884, 1885, 1886

Most appearances in a final: 18, joint record:

  • Manchester United has won in the years of 1909, 1948, 1957, 1958, 1963, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
  • Arsenal has won in the years of 1927, 1930, 1932, 1936, 1950, 1952, 1971, 1972, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1993, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2014

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:

  • Blackburn Rovers 6–1 Sheffield Wednesday has won in the years of 1890
  • Blackpool 4–3 Bolton Wanderers has won in the years of 1953

Most goals by a losing side: 3:

  • Bolton Wanderers: Lost 3–4 against Blackpool has won in the years of 1953
  • West Ham United: Drew 3–3 but lost in a penalty shootout against Liverpool has won in the years of 2006

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)

All rounds

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:

  • Brighton &  Hove Albion (1932–33: 1st–4th Qualifying Rounds, 1st–5th Rounds)
  • New Brighton (1956–57: Preliminary, 1st–4th Qualifying Rounds, 1st–4th Rounds)
  • Blyth Spartans (1977–78: 1st–4th Qualifying Rounds, 1st–5th Rounds)
  • Harlow Town (1978–79:Prelimina ry, 1st–4th Qualifying Rounds, 1st–4th Rounds)

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)