2017–18 FA Cup

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2017–18 FA Cup
Football Association Challenge Cup
Dates5 August – 14 October 2017 (qualifying competition)
3 November 2017 – 19 May 2018 (main competition)
Teams737 (overall)
645 (qualifying competition)
124 (main competition)
Defending championsArsenal
ChampionsChelsea (8th title)
Runners-upManchester United
Matches played149
Goals scored432 (2.9 per match)
Attendance1,875,938 (12,590 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Will Grigg
(7 goals)
(Note: All statistics do not include qualifying play-offs)

The 2017–18 FA Cup (also known as the FA Challenge Cup) was the 137th 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. 737 clubs were accepted into the tournament. It began with the Extra Preliminary Round on 5 August 2017, and concluded with the final on 19 May 2018.[1] The winners qualified 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.

Craig Pawson became the first referee in English football to watch a video recording at the sideline in the fourth round tie between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion on 27 January 2018. He awarded a penalty to Liverpool.

Premier League side Arsenal were the defending champions, but they were eliminated by Nottingham Forest in the third round on 7 January 2018.[3]

Calendar and prizes

Round Main date Leagues entering at this round New entries this round Winners from previous round Number of fixtures Prize money[4]
For the previous rounds look 2017–18 FA Cup qualifying rounds
First Round Proper 4 November 2017 EFL League One
EFL League Two
48 32 40 £18,000
Second Round Proper 3 December 2017 none none 40 20 £27,000
Third Round Proper 6 January 2018 Premier League
EFL Championship
44 20 32 £67,500
Fourth Round Proper 27 January 2018 none none 32 16 £90,000
Fifth Round Proper 17 February 2018 none none 16 8 £180,000
17–18 March 2018 none none 8 4 £360,000
Semi-finals 21–22 April 2018 none none 4 2 £900,000
£450,000 (losers)
Final 19 May 2018 none none 2 1 £1,800,000
£900,000 (losers)

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[12] took place on 8 January 2018 at 19:10 GMT and was broadcast live on BBC Two and BT Sport.[13] This round included four teams from Level 4 – Yeovil Town, Notts County, Coventry City, and Newport County – who were the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition.

Fifth Round Proper

Chelsea hosting Hull City in an FA Cup fifth round match at Stamford Bridge.

The draw for the Fifth Round Proper took place on 29 January 2018 at 19:20 GMT and was broadcast live on BBC One.[14] This round included one team from Level 4 still in the competition, Coventry City, who were the lowest-ranked team in this round.


The draw for the quarter-finals took place on 17 February 2018 at 20:00 GMT and was broadcast live on BT Sport, the BBC Sport website and app, and BBC Radio 5 Live. This round included one team from Level 3 still in the competition, Wigan Athletic, who were the lowest-ranked team in this round.[15]

There are no replays in the FA Cup quarter-finals, following a rule change introduced for the previous tournament. If a match was level after 90 minutes, 30 minutes of extra time were played. If the score had still been level, the tie would have been decided by a penalty shoot-out.


The first of the 2017-18 FA Cup semi-finals, Manchester United vs Tottenham, at Wembley Stadium.

The draw for the semi-finals took place on 18 March 2018, after the conclusion of the quarter-final match between Leicester City and Chelsea. The draw was conducted by Gianfranco Zola and Petr Čech.[16] The semi-finals were played on Saturday 21 April and Sunday 22 April 2018 at Wembley Stadium.[17]


Chelsea1–0Manchester United
Hazard Goal 22' (pen.) Report
The 2018 FA Cup final.


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
5–8 January 2018
16–17 January 2018 (replays)
Fourth Round Proper
26–28 January 2018
6–7 February 2018 (replays)
Fifth Round Proper
16–19 February 2018
27–28 February 2018 (replays)
17–18 March 2018
21–22 April 2018
19 May 2018
Aston Villa1
Peterborough United3
Peterborough United1
Leicester City5
Fleetwood Town0 (0)
Leicester City0 (2)
Leicester City1
Sheffield United0
Ipswich Town0
Sheffield United1
Sheffield United1
Preston North End0
Wycombe Wanderers1
Preston North End5
Leicester City1
Chelsea (a.e.t.)2
Norwich City0 (1) (3)
Chelsea (p)0 (1) (5)
Newcastle United0
Newcastle United3
Luton Town1
Hull City0
Blackburn Rovers0
Hull City1
Hull City2
Nottingham Forest1
Nottingham Forest4
Bournemouth2 (0)
Wigan Athletic2 (3)
Wigan Athletic2
West Ham United0
Shrewsbury Town0 (0)
West Ham United (a.e.t.)0 (1)
Wigan Athletic1
Manchester City0
Cardiff City0 (4)
Mansfield Town0 (1)
Cardiff City0
Manchester City2
Manchester City4
Wigan Athletic0
West Bromwich Albion3
Exeter City0
West Bromwich Albion2
West Bromwich Albion1
Bristol City0
Manchester United0
Bolton Wanderers1
Huddersfield Town2
Huddersfield Town (a.e.t.)1 (4)
Birmingham City1 (1)
Birmingham City1
Burton Albion0
Huddersfield Town0
Manchester United2
Yeovil Town2
Bradford City0
Yeovil Town0
Manchester United4
Manchester United2
Derby County0
Manchester United2
Brighton & Hove Albion0
Brighton & Hove Albion1
Brighton & Hove Albion2
Crystal Palace1
Brighton & Hove Albion3
Coventry City1
Queens Park Rangers0
Milton Keynes Dons1
Milton Keynes Dons0
Coventry City1
Coventry City2
Stoke City1
Manchester United2
Tottenham Hotspur1
Carlisle United0 (0)
Sheffield Wednesday0 (2)
Sheffield Wednesday3
Stevenage0 (0)
Reading0 (3)
Sheffield Wednesday0 (0)
Swansea City0 (2)
Notts County1
Notts County1 (1)
Swansea City1 (8)
Wolverhampton Wanderers0 (1)
Swansea City0 (2)
Swansea City0
Tottenham Hotspur3
Millwall2 (0)
Rochdale2 (1)
Doncaster Rovers0
Rochdale2 (1)
Tottenham Hotspur2 (6)
Newport County2
Leeds United1
Newport County1 (0)
Tottenham Hotspur1 (2)
Tottenham Hotspur3
AFC Wimbledon0

Top goalscorers


Rank Player Club Goals
1 Northern Ireland Will Grigg Wigan Athletic 7
2 England Ian Henderson Rochdale 6
3 Belgium Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 5
England Jack Marriott Peterborough United
England Jayden Stockley Exeter City

Television rights

The following matches were 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 & 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
Tottenham Hotspur v Newport County (Replay)
Yeovil Town v Manchester United
Cardiff City v Manchester City
Swansea City v Notts County (Replay)
Fifth Round Proper Chelsea v Hull City
Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City
Huddersfield Town v Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur v Rochdale (Replay)
Rochdale v Tottenham Hotspur
Wigan Athletic v Manchester City
Swansea City v Sheffield Wednesday (Replay)
Quarter-finals Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion
Wigan Athletic v Southampton
Leicester City v Chelsea
Semi-finals Chelsea v Southampton Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
Final Chelsea v Manchester United


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