2017–18 FA Cup

2017–18 FA Cup
Football Association Challenge Cup
Country England
Dates 5 August – 14 October 2017 (qualifying competition)
4 November 2017 – 19 May 2018 (main competition)
Teams 737 (overall)
645 (qualifying competition)
124 (main competition)
Defending champions Arsenal (Knocked out)
Matches played 109
Goals scored 320 (2.94 per match)
Attendance 772,046 (7,083 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Jack Marriott
Jayden Stockley
(5 goals each)

The 2017–18 FA Cup (also known as the FA Challenge Cup) is the 137th ion of the oldest recognised football tournament in the world. It is sponsored by Emirates, and known as the Emirates FA Cup for sponsorship purposes. 737 clubs were accepted into the tournament. It began with the Extra Preliminary Round on 5 August 2017, and will conclude with the final on 19 May 2018.[1] The winner will qualify for the 2018–19 UEFA Europa League group stage.

The third round match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace on 8 January 2018 was the first competitive game in England where video assistant referee (VAR) technology was available, although it was not used.[2]

Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City became the first player to score a goal awarded by a video assistant referee (VAR) in competitive English football as Leicester beat Fleetwood Town 2–0 in the FA Cup third-round replay on 16 January 2018. Referee Jon Moss initially disallowed the goal for offside but he consulted with video official Mike Jones, who told him Nathan Pond's trailing foot was keeping Iheanacho onside. The goal was awarded 67 seconds after it hit the back of the net.

Premier League side Arsenal were the defending champions, but they were eliminated by Nottingham Forest in the third round. It was the earliest exit by the title holders since 2011–12.[3]


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

Prize Money[]

Clubs will receive prize money dependent of the results in the competition. The teams reaching each of the following rounds will receive the prize fund per club.[4]

Round No. of Clubs
receive fund
Prize fund
per club
Extra Preliminary Round winners 185 £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
Quarter-final 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 £15,133,500

Round and draw dates[]

The schedule will be follows.[1]

Phase Round Draw date First match date
Qualifying rounds Extra Preliminary Round 7 July 2017 5 August 2017
Preliminary Round 19 August 2017
First Round Qualifying 21 August 2017 2 September 2017
Second Round Qualifying 4 September 2017 16 September 2017
Third Round Qualifying 18 September 2017 30 September 2017
Fourth Round Qualifying 2 October 2017 14 October 2017
Main tournament First Round Proper 16 October 2017 3 November 2017
Second Round Proper 6 November 2017 1 December 2017
Third Round Proper 4 December 2017 5 January 2018
Fourth Round Proper 8 January 2018 26 January 2018
Fifth Round Proper TBC 17 February 2018
Quarter-finals TBC 17 March 2018
Semi-finals TBC 21 April 2018
Final 19 May 2018

Qualifying rounds[]

All of the competing teams that are not members of either the Premier League or English Football League had to compete in the qualifying rounds to secure one of 32 available places in the First Round Proper. The qualifying competition began with the Extra Preliminary Round on 5 August 2017.[1] The final (fourth) qualifying round was played over the weekend of 14 October 2017.[1]

First Round Proper[]

The First Round draw took place on 16 October and was broadcast live on BBC Two and BT Sport.[5] All 40 First Round Proper ties were played on the weekend of 4 November. 32 teams from the qualifying competition joined the 48 teams from League One and League Two to compete in this round. The round included two teams from Level 8, Heybridge Swifts and Hyde United, who were the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition.[6]

Second Round Proper[]

The Second Round draw took place on 6 November and was broadcast live on BBC Two and BT Sport.[7] All 20 Second Round Proper ties were played on the weekend of 2 December. This round included three teams from Level 7 – Hereford, Slough Town, and Leatherhead – who were the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition.[8]

Third Round Proper[]

The Third Round draw took place on 4 December 2017 and was broadcast live on BBC Two and BT Sport[9] before the final second round tie between Slough Town and Rochdale. All 32 Third Round Proper ties took place on the weekend of 5–8 January 2018. A total of 64 clubs played in the third round; 20 winners of the second round, and 44 teams from Premier League and EFL Championship entering in this round.[10] For the first time in 67 years no non-league team (i.e. from Level 5 or below) made the Third Round Proper, with all 32 such teams that advanced through qualifying being knocked out in the first two rounds, the last 10 in the Second Round Proper.[11]

Fourth Round Proper[]

The draw for the Fourth Round Proper took place on 8 January 2018 at 19:10 GMT and was broadcast live on BBC Two and BT Sport.[12] The matches will be played from 26–28 January 2018.[13] The round will include four teams from Level 4 – Yeovil Town, Notts County, Coventry City, and Newport County – who are the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition.


The final will be played on Saturday 19 May 2018 at Wembley Stadium.

Television rights[]

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

Round BT Sport BBC S4C
First Round Proper Shaw Lane v Mansfield Town
Chorley v Fleetwood Town
Tranmere Rovers v Peterborough United (Replay)
Billericay Town v Leatherhead (Replay)
Hyde United v Milton Keynes Dons Newport County v Walsall
Second Round Proper Notts County v Oxford City
Slough Town v Rochdale
Hereford v Fleetwood Town (Replay)
A.F.C. Fylde v Wigan Athletic
Third Round Proper Norwich City v Chelsea
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Brighton and Hove Albion v Crystal Palace
Leicester City v Fleetwood Town (Replay)
Liverpool v Everton
Fleetwood Town v Leicester City
Newport County v Leeds United (BBC Wales)
Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United
Chelsea v Norwich City (Replay)
Fourth Round Proper Peterborough United v Leicester City
Newport County v Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion
Chelsea v Newcastle United
Yeovil Town v Manchester United
Cardiff City v Manchester City


  1. ^ a b c d "The Emirates FA Cup Round Dates, 2017-18". The Football Association. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Brighton 2 Crystal Palace 1: VAR available, but not used, as Glenn Murray seals FA Cup third round tie". The Telegraph. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Arsenal out of FA Cup after stunning Lichaj double for Nottingham Forest". Guardian. 7 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Emirates FA Cup prize fund". thefa.com. Retrieved January 8, 2018. 
  5. ^ "First Round Proper Draw". thefa.com. The Football Association. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Draw completed for first round of The Emirates FA Cup". thefa.com. The Football Association. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Emirates FA Cup Second Round Proper Draw takes place on Monday Evening". thefa.com. The Football Association. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
  8. ^ "Twenty ties pulled out in Emirates FA Cup Second Round Draw". thefa.com. The Football Association. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017. 
  9. ^ "Emirates FA Cup Third Round Proper Draw takes place on Monday Evening". thefa.com. The Football Association. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2017. 
  10. ^ "Liverpool and Everton handed derby tie in FA Cup third round draw". Guardian. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017. 
  11. ^ "FA Cup: Maximum number of EFL clubs in Third Round". efl.com. English Football League. 2 January 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2018. 
  12. ^ "Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Draw". thefa.com. The Football Association. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  13. ^ "FA Cup fourth round: Manchester United go to League Two Yeovil Town". BBC Sport. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2018. 

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