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The FA Cup, also known as the Football Association Challenge Cup, is an annual knockout football competition in men's domestic English football. It is the world's oldest national football league, having begun in the 1871–72 season. It is organized by The Football Association and is named after them (The FA). It has been recognized as The Emirates FA Cup since 2015, after its title sponsor. A women's competition, the Women's FA Cup, is also contested concurrently. There is more interesting information about the FA Cup Predictions and Results that will be all mentioned on our website!
1. The FA cups’ format
The cup’s format has stayed the same since 1871. Qualifying rounds were made for those teams who weren't in the Football league. The tournament isn’t played out in a bracket, instead, the 128 teams that qualified will play in a straight knockout rule. The 68 winners will move into the hat for the next round and this roundabout will go on up until there are only 2 contenders left.
If the result is tied within 90 minutes of official play and injury time, the two teams will replay the match, however, this only applies until the fourth round. All the matches further will be played with extra time in the case of a draw and will ultimately result in a penalty shootout if both teams failed to triumph.
The Semi-final is always played at a neutral field whilst the final is played at the traditional Wembley Stadium in May, attracting millions of brits watching at home and on the field. The FA Cup trophy, of which there have been two designs and five individual cups, is awarded to the winners; the most recent is a 2014 replica of the second edition, which was launched in 1911.
The winners will also be qualified for the UEFA Europa League and the FA Community Shield. The Extra-Preliminary, Preliminary, and First Qualifying Rounds were all drawn at the same time in the past. Following that, the draw for each succeeding round is made after the planned dates for the previous round, which means that, in the case of replays, clubs will always know their opponents ahead of time.
One of the proper rounds' draws is shown live on television, normally after the completion of live coverage of one of the previous round's games. The draw for the third round, in which the top-ranked teams are added to the draw, generates a lot of public attention.
The venue: Since its reopening in 2007, the final has been held at the renovated Wembley Stadium. Between 2001 and 2006, they were held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, due to the reconstruction period. The original Wembley Stadium, which opened in 1923, hosted the final until it was rebuilt (being originally named the Empire Stadium). The 1970 rematch between Leeds and Chelsea, held at Old Trafford in Manchester, was the only exception to this 78-year series of Empire Stadium finals (which included five replays).
2. The lion’s share
With the accumulated prize of over 15.9 million pounds and the winner takes 1.800.000 pounds. But that’s not the main attraction since participating in the EPL alone outweighs the financial amount of winning the FA cup. This does not speak for every team that participates in the FA cup, getting a high enough placing can help a small team from a lower league to sustain for a long time.
3. Qualification for the European League
The FA Cup champions progress to the UEFA Europa League the next season (formerly known as the UEFA Cup; from 1960 to 1998, they competed in the now-defunct UEFA Cup Winners' Cup). And if the team is promoted or not in the English top-flight, it retains its European position. If the FA Cup-winning team had qualified for the Champions League or Europa League the following season via their league or European results, the losing FA Cup finalist was given the League Cup winners' European berth, and the League Cup winners were given the league berth instead (during the Cup Winners' Cup period, teams qualifying for the UEFA Cup through other competitions were given the league berth).
The champions of the FA Cup advance to the Europa League group stage. If they had not qualified for Europe via the league, the losing finalists started at the play-off or third qualifying round stage. However, as of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League season, UEFA no longer allows the competition's runners-up to qualify for the Europa League. If the champion — and, until 2015, the runner-up — has already qualified for Europe by their league status (with the exception of the UEFA Cup until 1998), the FA Cup berth is awarded to the league's highest-placed team that has not yet qualified.
4. History and records
Arsenal is the undisputed victor of the FA cup with 12 titles accumulated with Man Utd following suit with 11 titles. Arsene ”The Professor” Wenger is one of two managers who has what it takes to claim and lifted the trophy 7 times.
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5. The enthralling story of underdogs
Here is the thing, we all love ourselves a good underdog story. What’s better than seeing a rather unknown 2.EFL team beat ManUtd neck to neck? The epic and heroism of the players as well as the spark of a fairy tale or a magical journey is addictive for both adults and children alike. The audience is excited about the prospect of unexpected wins in the early rounds of the tournament, where lower-ranked teams defeat higher-ranked opponents in what is known as a "giant slaying" or "upset." Such upsets are recognized as an important part of the competition's history and popularity, and the interest paid to giant-killing teams can be as high as that paid to cup winners. About every League Pyramid club has a fondly recalled giant-killing act in its memory. When a top Premier League team experiences an upset loss, or whether the giant-killer is a non-league club from outside The Football League, it is deemed extremely newsworthy. According to a study of four years of FA Cup performances, at least one team from the lower division will defeat one from the higher division in any given year. A two-division gap reduces the chance to 48.8%, while a three-division gap reduces it to 39.28%.
6. List of champions
- Who is the first winner of the FA cup? Wanderers
- Who first non-league side to beat a First Div club? Warwick County against Stoke in 6th Oct 1888
- Who is the only non-league team to win the final? Tottenham Hotspurs 1901
- When were substitutes first allowed? 1967
- The Complete Record of The FA Cup
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