2016–17 FA Cup

2016–17 FA Cup
Football Association Challenge Cup
Country  England
Dates 5 August 2016 – 27 May 2017
Teams 736

The 2016–17 FA Cup (also known as the FA Challenge Cup) is the 136th and current edition of the oldest recognised football tournament in the world. It is sponsored by Emirates, and known as the Emirates FA Cup for sponsorship purposes. 736 clubs were accepted into the tournament,[1] and it began with the Extra Preliminary Round on 6 August 2016, and will conclude with the final on 27 May 2017.[2] The winner will qualify for the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Premier League side Manchester United are the defending champions.

This edition of the FA Cup will be the first in which quarter-final matches will be played to a result on the day, instead of being subject to replay in case of a draw.[3]


Round Clubs
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering at this round
First Round Proper 124 80 32 48 Football League One
Football League Two
Second Round Proper 84 40 40 none none
Third Round Proper 64 64 20 44 Premier League
Football League Championship
Fourth Round Proper 32 32 32 none none
Fifth Round Proper 16 16 16 none none
Sixth Round Proper 8 8 8 none none
Semi-finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none

Prize fund

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 Proper winners 40 £18,000
Second Round Proper winners 20 £27,000
Third Round Proper winners 32 £67,500
Fourth Round Proper winners 16 £90,000
Fifth Round Proper winners 8 £180,000
Sixth Round Proper 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

Round and draw dates

The schedule is as follows.[1][2]

Phase Round Draw date Match date
Qualifying rounds Extra Preliminary Round 8 July 2016 6 August 2016
Preliminary Round 20 August 2016
First Round Qualifying 15 August 2016 3 September 2016
Second Round Qualifying 5 September 2016 17 September 2016
Third Round Qualifying 19 September 2016 1 October 2016
Fourth Round Qualifying 3 October 2016 15 October 2016
Main tournament First Round Proper 17 October 2016 5 November 2016
Second Round Proper 7 November 2016 3 December 2016
Third Round Proper 5 December 2016 7 January 2017
Fourth Round Proper TBD 28 January 2017
Fifth Round Proper TBD 18 February 2017
Sixth Round Proper TBD 11 March 2017
Semi-finals TBD 22 and 23 April 2017
Final 27 May 2017

Qualifying rounds

The qualifying competition began with the Extra Preliminary Round on 6 August 2016.[2] All of the competing teams that are not members of either the Premier League or English Football League have to compete in the qualifying rounds to secure a place in the First Round Proper. The final (fourth) qualifying round was played over the weekend of 15 October.[2]

First Round Proper

The First Round draw took place on 17 October and was broadcast live on BBC Two and BT Sport.[4] All 40 First Round Proper ties are due to be played on the weekend of 5 November.[2] 32 teams from the qualifying competition join the 48 teams from League One and League Two to compete in this round. The round includes one team from Level 9 still in the competition, Westfields, who are the lowest-ranked team in this round.[5]

Second Round Proper

The second round draw took place on 7 November at Haig Avenue, home of Southport F.C., immediately prior to the Southport-Fleetwood tie, and was broadcast live on BT Sport. The round includes one team from Level 7 still in the competition, Stourbridge, who are the lowest-ranked team in this round.[6]

Broadcasting rights

The following matches were/will be broadcast live on UK television:

Round BT Sport BBC
First Round Proper[7] Merstham v Oxford United
Southport v Fleetwood Town
Brackley Town v Gillingham (Replay)
Dover Athletic v Cambridge United (Replay)
Eastleigh v Swindon Town
Second Round Proper Lincoln City v Oldham Athletic
Curzon Ashton v AFC Wimbledon
Macclesfield Town v Oxford United

External links


  1. 1 2 "FA Competitions clubs accepted and early round draws". thefa.com. 8 July 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "The Emirates FA Cup Round Dates, 2016-17". The Football Association. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  3. "No replays in the 2017 Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals" (Press release). The Football Association. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  4. "The Emirates FA Cup First Round draw numbers confirmed". thefa.com. The Football Association. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  5. "Draw completed for first round of The Emirates FA Cup". thefa.com. The Football Association. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  6. "Twenty ties set in Emirates FA Cup second round draw from Southport". thefa.com. The Football Association. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  7. "FA Cup first round: BBC Two to show Eastleigh v Swindon Town clash". BBC Sport. Retrieved Oct 20, 2016.
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