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FA Cup

The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is an annual knockout cup competition in English football. It is the oldest association football competition in the world. The FA Cup is organised by and named after the Football Association.

The FA Cup was first held in 1871–72. Entry is open to clubs in The FA Premier League, The Football League and in Steps 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 of the English Pyramid as well as some clubs in Step 6 of the English Pyramid.

The beauty of the FA Cup is that lower teams dream of reaching Round 1 to be drawn against a football league side, or even Round 3 to meet a Premier League team

The reverse is also true, although higher placed teams would rather avoid the non-league teams as there is often the chance that they would get knocked out and are therefore under pressure against the underdogs.

Manchester United are the current holders, having beaten Crystal Palace 2-1 in the 2016 final. With their 12th FA Cup title, Manchester United tied with Arsenal as the most successful club with the greatest number of title victories in the history of the competition.

Click on a year below to see all the results and fixtures from that season in the FA Cup

2015/16 Rounds | 2016/17 Rounds

This page - FA Cup | England was updated 5th August 2015

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