Few sporting competitions can match the levels of grandeur and prestige of the FA Cup, the oldest association football competition in the world. First played in 1872 the competition sees non-league teams taking part alongside the very best teams in the country. Anything can happen in the FA Cup and more often it does.
For non-league teams the competition begins with the Extra Preliminary Round. For teams way down the pyramid there are a total of six rounds that have to be negotiated just to reach the First Round. That's when teams from League One and League Two enter the FA Cup. Two more rounds are played before the FA Cup Third Round draw takes place. That's one of the most special occasions of the season when the Premier League and Championship sides come into the tournament. It's then that a non-league team can find themselves drawn against the very best in the land, such as when Crawley were drawn against Manchester United and Havant & Waterlooville played Liverpool at Anfield.
Dreams really can come true in the FA Cup as teams dream of reaching the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.
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2021/22 FA Cup
FA Cup semi-final draw
- Manchester City v Liverpool
- Crystal Palace v Chelsea
Ties to be played at Wembley on April 16 and 17.
- Middlesbrough 1 Chelsea 2
- Crystal Palace 4 Everton 0
- Southampton 1 Manchester City 4
- Nottingham Forest 0 Liverpool 1
2020/21 FA Cup
The trophy was won by Leicester City who beat Chelsea 1-0 in the final to win the cup for the first time in their history.
Chelsea 0 Leicester City 1
Chelsea 1 Manchester City 0
Leicester City 1 Southampton 0
FA Cup: The Vital Information
The winners of the FA Cup qualify for the Europa League. In the past the runners-up would qualify if the team winning the trophy had already qualified for Europe. Recent changes have ended this, meaning Aston Villa didn't qualify after losing to Arsenal in the 2014/15 Cup final. The winners can also go into the Community Shield match, unless they also win the Premier League.
As you can imagine, 'The magic of the cup' brings about huge betting interest and you can use your free bets to bet on the FA Cup winner pretty much as soon as the season starts. Betting is available on matches from the early qualifiers all the way through to the final at Wembley.
With the FA Cup renowned for its upsets, this means there are some high odds available throughout the tournament. In the 2014/15 season League One Bradford City played Chelsea away and were available at 25/1 to win the match. Heaven knows what the odds were on them when they went 2-0 down but they went on to win 4-2. The same day Manchester City were knocked out by Middlesbrough from the Championship and the odds on both Premier League sides being knocked out were 285/1.
As of the 2015/16 season the competition has been known as The Emirates FA Cup.