The FA Cup (known as The Emirates FA Cup for sponsorship reasons) is a national football competition. It is played between teams in the English league system. It is organized by the Football Association. The winner of the FA Cup qualifies for the next season's UEFA Europa League. If the winner of the FA Cup has already qualified for a European competition, then the Europa League place goes to the runner-up. If the runner-up has also qualified for a European competition, then the Europa League place goes to 6th or 7th place, depending on who won the Football League Cup. The FA Cup semi-finals and final is held at Wembley Stadium. The FA Cup is the oldest football competition in the world and first took place in 1871.
|Number of teams||736 (2018–19)|
|Qualifier for||UEFA Europa League|
|Domestic cup(s)||FA Community Shield|
|Current champions||Leicester (1st title)|
|Most successful club(s)||Arsenal (14 titles)|
List of international broadcasters
|2020–21 FA Cup|
The current holders are Leicester, who have won the FA Cup once.
Winners and finalists change
Results by team change
Since its establishment, the FA Cup has been won by 43 different teams. Teams shown in italics are no longer in existence. Additionally, Queen's Park ceased to be eligible to enter the FA Cup after a Scottish Football Association ruling in 1887.
- The original Wanderers FC folded in 1887, however, a new incarnation claiming the club's history reformed in 2009.
- Sheffield Wednesday's total includes two wins and one defeat under the earlier name of The Wednesday.
- Wimbledon had their league place transferred to a new franchise located in Milton Keynes in 2002 who re-branded in 2004 to Milton Keynes Dons, but they do not lay claim to the history or honours (including the FA Cup win) of Wimbledon. Instead the history of Wimbledon F.C. belongs to a club (AFC Wimbledon) set up by the original supporters in 2002 in response to the franchising.
Other Websites change
- The FA Cup Archive – England's official Football Association site, all results with dates, including all qualifying rounds
- The official FA Cup website
- Thomas Fattorini Ltd. makers of the 1911 FA Cup – manufacturers of the 1911 FA Cup and other sporting trophies
- FA Cup going under the hammer – BBC News story on the sale of the second trophy
- FA Supporters – Independent FA Cup Supporters Club