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England‘s FA Cup is the oldest football competition in the world and this season it has returned for the 138th time.

The tournament involves teams from the 10th level of the English football pyramid to the top and will see a total of 736 teams take part.

With a rich history stretching back to the 19th century, there have been plenty of moments to savour through the years and clubs will be eager to dabble in the ‘Magic of the Cup’.

Chelsea are the reigning champions, while Arsenal are the most successful club in the history of the competition – though the Gunners were knocked out during the fourth round in a 3-1 defeat to Premier League rivals Manchester United.


With one-off knockout games there is always, however, a chance of a ‘giant killing’.


With the 2018-19 edition under way, Goal brings you everything you need to know about this season’s FA Cup.


The first round proper of this season’s FA Cup began on Friday November 9, 2018 with 48 clubs from League One and League Two entering at that stage.

Premier League and Championship clubs do not enter the competition until the third round proper, which began on the weekend of Saturday January 5, 2019.

during the FA Cup Second Round match between Hartlepool United and Blyth Spartans at Victoria Park on December 5, 2014 in Hartlepool, England.

Before the first round proper, there were a number of qualifying rounds involving teams from the lower rungs of English football, beginning with the extra preliminary qualifying round, which was played on August 10.

Including the extra preliminary round, there were a total of six qualifying rounds before teams from the Football League enter.

The 2019 FA Cup final is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 18 and it will be held at Wembley.


FA Cup fifth round

FA Cup fifth round draw took place on January 28 following the likes of Evertongetting knocked out by Championship side Millwall and West Ham also suffering an early exit at the hands of League One stragglers Wimbledon.

Chelsea will host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in a repeat of last season’s final.

Fixtures set to take place the weekend of February 15-18.

Date Match TV?
Feb 15-18 Chelsea vs Man United TBC
Feb 15-18 Middlesbrough or Newport County vs Man City TBC
Feb 15-18 Bristol City vs Wolves or Shrewsbury Town TBC
Feb 15-18 Doncaster Rovers vs Crystal Palace TBC
Feb 15-18 Brighton or West Brom vs Derby County TBC
Feb 15-18 QPR or Portsmouth vs Watford TBC
Feb 15-18 Wimbledon vs Millwall TBC
Feb 15-18 Swansea vs Barnet or Brentford TBC

*Dates subject to change.





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