FA Cup Format
The Emirates FA Cup competition is open to any eligible club in the English football league system - a total of 92 professional clubs in the Premier League, English Football League and several hundred "non-league" teams.
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.
The competition follows a knockout format.
FA Cup Round Dates
- Extra Preliminary Round - Saturday 5 August 2023
- Preliminary Round - Saturday 19 August 2023
- First Round Qualifying - Saturday 2 September 2023
- Second Round Qualifying - Saturday 16 September 2023
- Third Round Qualifying - Saturday 30 September 2023
- Fourth Round Qualifying - Saturday 14 October 2023
- First Round Proper - Saturday 4 November 2023
- Second Round Proper - Saturday 2 December 2023
- Third Round Proper - Saturday 6 January 2024
- Fourth Round Proper - Saturday 27 January 2024
- Fifth Round Proper - Wednesday 28 February 2024
- Quarter-final - Saturday 16 March 2024
- Semi-final - Saturday 20 April 2024
- The Final - Saturday 25 May 2024
Most Successful Club in FA Cup History
Arsenal are the most successful club in the history of the FA Cup, winning a total of 14 FA Cup competitions, in the following years: