FA Cup

The Emirates FA Cup

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.

Arsenal will join the Emirates FA Cup in the third round proper. The competition follows a knockout format.

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:


  • 2020
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2005
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 1998
  • 1993
  • 1979
  • 1971
  • 1950
  • 1936
  • 1930

The Emirates FA Cup: Third Round

Arsenal went out of the Emirates FA Cup in the fourth round against Southampton on 23 January 2021.

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FA Cup Round Dates

Extra preliminary round: Tuesday 1 September 2020
Preliminary round: Saturday 12 September 2020
First round qualifying: Tuesday 22 September 2020
Second round qualifying: Saturday 3 October 2020
Third round qualifying: Tuesday 13 October 2020
Fourth round qualifying: Saturday 24 October 2020
First round proper: Saturday 7 November 2020
Second round proper: Saturday 28 November 2020
Third round proper: Saturday 9 January 2021
Fourth round proper: Saturday 23 January 2021
Fifth round proper: Wednesday 10 February 2021
Quarter-finals: Saturday 20 March 2021
Semi-finals: Saturday 17 April 2021
The Final: Saturday 15 May 2021