2016–17 FA Cup

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2016–17 FA Cup
Football Association Challenge Cup
Dates5 August – 19 October 2016 (qualifying competition)
4 November 2016 – 27 May 2017 (main competition)
Teams736 (overall)
644 (qualifying competition)
124 (main competition)
Defending championsManchester United
ChampionsArsenal (13th title)
Matches played156
Goals scored490 (3.14 per match)
Attendance1,977,797 (12,678 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Adam Morgan
Son Heung-min
(6 goals each)
(Note: All statistics do not include qualifying play-offs)

The 2016–17 FA Cup (also known as the FA Challenge Cup) was the 136th edition of the oldest recognised football tournament in the world. It was sponsored by Emirates, and known as The Emirates FA Cup for sponsorship purposes. 736 clubs were accepted into the tournament,[1] and it began with the Extra Preliminary Round on 6 August 2016, and concluded with the final on 27 May 2017.[2] The winner qualified for the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Premier League side Manchester United were the defending champions, but were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Chelsea.

Arsenal won a record 13th title following a 2–1 win over Chelsea in the final, winning their 3rd FA Cup in 4 seasons.

This edition of the FA Cup was the first in which quarter-final matches were played to a result on the day, instead of being subject to replay in case of a draw. However, all four matches were settled without the need for extra time.[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 fund

Round No. of Clubs
receive fund
Prize fund
per club
Extra Preliminary Round winners 184 £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 £15,132,000

Round and draw dates

The schedule was as follows.[1][2]

Phase Round Draw date Match date
Qualifying rounds Extra Preliminary Round 8 July 2016 6 August 2016
Preliminary Round 20 August 2016
First Round Qualifying 15 August 2016 3 September 2016
Second Round Qualifying 5 September 2016 17 September 2016
Third Round Qualifying 19 September 2016 1 October 2016
Fourth Round Qualifying 3 October 2016 15 October 2016
Main tournament First Round Proper 17 October 2016 5 November 2016
Second Round Proper 7 November 2016 3 December 2016
Third Round Proper 5 December 2016 7 January 2017
Fourth Round Proper 9 January 2017 28 January 2017
Fifth Round Proper 30 January 2017 18 February 2017
Quarter-finals 19 February 2017 11 March 2017
Semi-finals 13 March 2017 22 and 23 April 2017
Final 27 May 2017

Qualifying rounds

The qualifying competition began with the Extra Preliminary Round on 6 August 2016.[2] 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 a place in the First Round Proper. The final (fourth) qualifying round was played over the weekend of 15 October.[2]

First Round Proper

The First Round draw took place on 17 October and was broadcast live on BBC Two and BT Sport.[4] All 40 First Round Proper ties were played on the weekend of 5 November.[2] 32 teams from the qualifying competition joined the 48 teams from League One and League Two to compete in this round. The round included one team from Level 9 still in the competition, Westfields, who were the lowest-ranked team in this round.[5]

Second Round Proper

The second round draw took place on 7 November at Haig Avenue, home of Southport F.C., immediately prior to the Southport-Fleetwood tie, and was broadcast live on BT Sport. The round included one team from Level 7 still in the competition, Stourbridge, who were the lowest-ranked team in this round.[6]

Third Round Proper

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. The draw was held on 5 December 2016 at the BT Tower and was broadcast live on BT Sport and BBC Two.[8] The matches were played across the weekend of 6–9 January 2017.[9][10] The round included one team from Level 7 still in the competition, Stourbridge, who were the lowest-ranked team in this round.

Fourth Round Proper

A total of 32 teams played in the fourth round, all winners of the third round. The draw took place at the BT Tower on 9 January 2017.[11][12][13] The round included two teams from Level 5 who were still in the competition: Lincoln City, leading the National League on the night of their third round replay and Sutton United, fifteenth on the same night and therefore the lowest-ranked team to play in this round.

Fifth Round Proper

A total of 16 clubs played in the fifth round, all winners of the fourth round. The draw was held on 30 January 2017,[14] and the matches were played across the weekend of 18–20 February 2017.[15][16] The round included the two teams from Level 5 that were still in the competition: Lincoln City and Sutton United, whose fourth round victories ensured the first ever fifth round with two non-league sides remaining. Lincoln City were in this round for the first time in 115 years and Sutton United for the first time in their history.[17]


A total of eight clubs played in the quarter-finals, all winners of the fifth round. The draw was held on 19 February 2017 at Ewood Park, home of Blackburn Rovers F.C., immediately following the Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United match.[18] Matches were played between 11 and 13 March 2017.

In a break from tradition, the FA officially renamed the stage the 'Quarter-finals', the name that had long[failed verification] been used colloquially to describe what was previously called the Sixth Round Proper.[19] Changes to previous rules meant that tied matches would have gone to extra-time and potentially a penalty shootout at this stage rather than to a replay, and that a fourth substitute would have been permitted in extra time.[19] The round included Lincoln City from Level 5, who became the first non-league club to reach the quarter-finals since 1914.[20]


The four winners of the quarter-finals progressed to the semi-finals. The semi-final draw took place at Stamford Bridge on 13 March following the quarter-final tie between Chelsea and Manchester United.[21] The semi-finals were played at Wembley Stadium on 22 and 23 April 2017.[22][23]

Chelsea (1)4–2Tottenham Hotspur (1)
Willian Goal 5'43' (pen.)
Hazard Goal 75'
Matić Goal 80'
Report Kane Goal 18'
Alli Goal 52'
Attendance: 86,355

Arsenal (1)2–1 (a.e.t.)Manchester City (1)
Monreal Goal 71'
Sánchez Goal 101'
Report Agüero Goal 62'
Attendance: 85,725
Referee: Craig Pawson


Sánchez Goal 4'
Ramsey Goal 79'
Report Costa Goal 76'
Attendance: 89,472


The following is the bracket which the FA Cup resembled. Numbers in parentheses next to the match score represent the results of a replay, except for the quarter-finals stage onwards. Numbers in parentheses next to the replay score represents the results of a penalty shoot-out except for the quarter-finals stage onwards.

Third Round Proper
6–9 January 2017
17–18 January 2017 (replays)
Fourth Round Proper
27–29 January 2017
8 February 2017 (replays)
Fifth Round Proper
18–20 February 2017
1 March 2017 (replays)
11–13 March 2017
22–23 April 2017
27 May 2017
Sutton United0 (3)
AFC Wimbledon0 (1)
Sutton United1
Leeds United0
Cambridge United1
Leeds United2
Sutton United0
Norwich City2 (0)
Southampton2 (1)
Preston North End1
Lincoln City0
Sunderland0 (0)
Burnley0 (2)
Bristol City0
Bristol City0 (1)
Fleetwood Town0 (0)
Lincoln City1
Ipswich Town2 (0)
Lincoln City2 (1)
Lincoln City3
Brighton & Hove Albion1
Brighton & Hove Albion2
Milton Keynes Dons0
Arsenal (a.e.t.)2
Manchester City1
Sheffield Wednesday0
Accrington Stanley0
Accrington Stanley2
Luton Town1
Oxford United2
Rotherham United2
Oxford United3
Oxford United3
Newcastle United0
Birmingham City1 (1)
Newcastle United1 (3)
Manchester City2
Huddersfield Town4
Huddersfield Town4
Port Vale0
Huddersfield Town0 (1)
Manchester City0 (5)
Bolton Wanderers0 (1)
Crystal Palace0 (2)
Crystal Palace0
Manchester City3
West Ham United0
Manchester City5
Liverpool0 (1)
Plymouth Argyle0 (0)
Wolverhampton Wanderers2
Stoke City0
Wolverhampton Wanderers2
Wolverhampton Wanderers0
Peterborough United1
Manchester United0
Queens Park Rangers1
Blackburn Rovers2
Blackburn Rovers2
Blackpool (a.e.t.)0 (2)
Barnsley0 (1)
Blackburn Rovers1
Manchester United2
Manchester United4
Manchester United4
Wigan Athletic0
Wigan Athletic2
Nottingham Forest0
Tottenham Hotspur2
Cardiff City1
Hull City1
Hull City2
Swansea City0
Tottenham Hotspur3
Tottenham Hotspur2
Aston Villa0
Tottenham Hotspur4
Wycombe Wanderers3
Wycombe Wanderers2
Tottenham Hotspur6
Burton Albion0
Leicester City0
West Bromwich Albion F.C.1
Derby County2
Derby County2 (1)
Leicester City (a.e.t.)2 (3)
Leicester City2

Top goalscorers


Rank Player Club Goals
1 England Adam Morgan Curzon Ashton 6
South Korea Son Heung-min Tottenham Hotspur
3 Argentina Sergio Agüero Manchester City 5
England Kane Hemmings Oxford United
France Mikael Mandron Eastleigh
Jamaica Theo Robinsona Lincoln City
England Theo Walcott Arsenal

a Theo Robinson moved to Southend United during the January transfer window with Lincoln still in the cup.

Broadcasting rights

The following matches were broadcast live on UK television:

Round BT Sport BBC
First Round Proper[25] Merstham v Oxford United
Southport v Fleetwood Town
Brackley Town v Gillingham (Replay)
Dover Athletic v Cambridge United (Replay)
Eastleigh v Swindon Town
Second Round Proper[26] Lincoln City v Oldham Athletic
Curzon Ashton v AFC Wimbledon
Peterborough United v Notts County (Replay)
Newport County v Plymouth Argyle (Replay)
Macclesfield Town v Oxford United
Third Round Proper[27] Manchester United v Reading
Preston North End v Arsenal
Liverpool v Plymouth Argyle
Cambridge United v Leeds United
Plymouth Argyle v Liverpool (Replay)
West Ham United v Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Cardiff City v Fulham (BBC Wales)
Lincoln City v Ipswich Town (Replay)
Fourth Round Proper[28][29] Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Southampton v Arsenal
Sutton United v Leeds United
Derby County v Leicester City
Millwall v Watford
Manchester United v Wigan Athletic
Leicester City v Derby County (Replay)
Fifth Round Proper[30] Burnley v Lincoln City
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea
Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United
Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur
Sutton United v Arsenal
Manchester City v Huddersfield Town (Replay)
Quarter-finals[31] Middlesbrough v Manchester City
Arsenal v Lincoln City
Tottenham Hotspur v Millwall
Chelsea v Manchester United
Semi-finals[32] Arsenal v Manchester City Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
Final[33] Arsenal v Chelsea


  1. ^ The match on 4 December 2016 between Stourbridge and Northampton Town was postponed due to a frozen pitch.[7] The match was later rearranged for 13 December 2016.


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