2018–19 FA Cup

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2018–19 FA Cup
Football Association Challenge Cup
Dates11 August 2018 – 18 May 2019
Teams736 (overall)
644 (qualifying competition)
124 (main competition)
Defending championsChelsea
ChampionsManchester City (6th title)
Matches played126
Goals scored360 (2.86 per match)
Attendance1,200,703 (9,529 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Padraig Amond
Gabriel Jesus
(5 goals each)
(Note: All statistics do not include qualifying play-offs)

The 2018–19 FA Cup (also known as the Football Association Challenge Cup) was the 138th edition of the oldest football tournament in the world. It was sponsored by Emirates and known as The Emirates FA Cup for sponsorship purposes. It started with the Extra Preliminary Round on the weekend of 11 August 2018 and concluded with the final on 18 May 2019.

Premier League side Chelsea were the defending champions, but they were eliminated by Manchester United in the fifth round on 18 February 2019 in a rematch of the previous year's final. Manchester City won their sixth FA Cup title and their first since 2011, making them the first English club to complete a domestic treble, having earlier won the EFL Cup and the Premier League.[1]


Round Clubs
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering
at this round
First Round Proper 124 80 32 48 24 EFL League One teams
24 EFL League Two teams
Second Round Proper 84 40 40 none none
Third Round Proper 64 64 20 44 20 Premier League teams
24 EFL Championship teams
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

Round and draw dates

Phase Round Draw date First match date Ref.
Qualifying rounds Extra Preliminary Round 6 July 2018 10 August 2018 [2]
Preliminary Round 24 August 2018
First Round Qualifying 28 August 2018 8 September 2018
Second Round Qualifying 10 September 2018 22 September 2018
Third Round Qualifying 24 September 2018 6 October 2018
Fourth Round Qualifying 8 October 2018 20 October 2018
Main tournament First Round Proper 22 October 2018 10 November 2018
Second Round Proper 12 November 2018 1 December 2018
Third Round Proper 3 December 2018 4 January 2019
Fourth Round Proper 7 January 2019 26 January 2019
Fifth Round Proper 28 January 2019 16 February 2019
Quarter-finals 18 February 2019 16 March 2019
Semi-finals 17 March 2019 6 April 2019
Final 18 May 2019

Qualifying rounds

All of the competing teams that are not members of either the Premier League or English Football League competed 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 11 August 2018.[2] The fourth and final qualifying round was played over the weekend of 20 October 2018.[2]

First Round Proper

The First Round draw took place on 22 October and was made by Dennis Wise and Dion Dublin. All 40 First Round Proper ties were to be played on the weekend of 10 November with 13 replays to be played on 20 and 21 November. 32 teams from the qualifying competition joined 48 teams from League One and League Two to compete in this round. This round included three teams from Level 7, the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition at that point: Metropolitan Police, Haringey Borough and Hitchin Town.[3]

Second Round Proper

The Second Round draw took place on 12 November. The 40 winners of the First Round Proper played in 20 Second Round Proper ties on the weekend of 1 December. This round included five teams from Level 6 (Guiseley, Slough Town, Southport, Stockport County and Woking), who were the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition. This round included an all-Welsh tie, Wrexham at home against Newport County, the first such tie in the FA Cup since the latter took on Swansea City in the first round of the 2006–07 tournament.

Third Round Proper

The Third Round draw took place on 3 December 2018 and was broadcast live on BBC One and BT Sport before the final second round tie between Guiseley and Fleetwood Town. All 32 Third Round Proper ties took place on the weekend of 4–7 January 2019. A total of 64 clubs played in the third round; 20 winners of the second round, and 44 teams from the Premier League and EFL Championship entering in this round. This round included one team from Level 6, Woking, the lowest-ranked team still in the competition.[4]

The scheduling for the third round was controversial, due to the number of games scheduled outside the traditional kick-off slot of 15:00 GMT on Saturday. Only 10 of 32 Third Round Proper matches kicked off at that time. This was a result of the FA signing a new overseas television deal in October 2016, which came into force this season. The new contract caused a number of matches to be moved to other time-slots to accommodate viewers outside the UK.[5][6]

Fourth Round Proper

The draw for the Fourth Round took place on 7 January following the Wolverhampton–Liverpool game. It was shown on BBC and was conducted by Carl Ikeme and Robbie Keane.[7] All 16 Fourth Round ties were played on the weekend of 25–28 January 2019. This round included one team from Level 5, Barnet, the lowest ranking and only non-League side left in the competition.[8]

Fifth Round Proper

The draw for the Fifth Round took place on 28 January 2019. Matches were played on the weekend of 15–18 February 2019. This round included one team from Level 4, Newport County, the lowest ranking side left in the competition. As of this season, extra time and penalties replaced replays as the method for resolving a drawn tie.[9]


The draw for the quarter-finals took place on 18 February 2019. Matches were played on the weekend of 16–17 March 2019. This round included two teams from Level 2, Millwall and Swansea City, the lowest ranking sides left in the competition.


The draw for the semi-finals took place on 17 March 2019.


The final was played on 18 May 2019 at Wembley Stadium, London.

Manchester City6–0Watford
Attendance: 85,854


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
4–7 January 2019
15–16 January 2019 (replays)
Fourth Round Proper
25–28 January 2019
5–6 February 2019 (replays)
Fifth Round Proper
15–18 February 2019
16–17 March 2019
6–7 April 2019
18 May 2019
Aston Villa0
Swansea City3
Swansea City4
Cardiff City0
Swansea City4
Sheffield United0
Barnet3 (1)
Brentford3 (3)
Oxford United0
Swansea City2
Manchester City3
Peterborough United0
Middlesbrough1 (0)
Newport County1 (2)
Newport County2
Leicester City1
Newport County1
Manchester City4
Manchester City7
Rotherham United0
Manchester City5
Manchester City1
Brighton & Hove Albion0
Fleetwood Town2
AFC Wimbledon3
AFC Wimbledon4
West Ham United2
West Ham United2
Birmingham City0
AFC Wimbledon0
Hull City1
Lincoln City1
Millwall2 (4)
Brighton & Hove Albion (p)2 (5)
Brighton & Hove Albion3
Brighton & Hove Albion (a.e.t.)0 (3)
West Bromwich Albion0 (1)
West Bromwich Albion1
Wigan Athletic0
Brighton & Hove Albion2
Derby County1
Accrington Stanley1
Ipswich Town0
Accrington Stanley0
Derby County1
Derby County (p)2 (2) (5)
Southampton2 (2) (3)
Manchester City6
Norwich City0
Portsmouth1 (0)
Queens Park Rangers1 (2)
Queens Park Rangers2
Leeds United1
Queens Park Rangers0
Newcastle United (a.e.t.)1 (4)
Blackburn Rovers1 (2)
Newcastle United0
Crystal Palace1
Preston North End1
Doncaster Rovers3
Doncaster Rovers2
Oldham Athletic1
Oldham Athletic2
Doncaster Rovers0
Crystal Palace2
Crystal Palace1
Grimsby Town0
Crystal Palace2
Tottenham Hotspur0
Tranmere Rovers0
Tottenham Hotspur7
Watford (a.e.t.)3
Wolverhampton Wanderers2
Bristol City1
Huddersfield Town0
Bristol City2
Bolton Wanderers1
Bolton Wanderers5
Bristol City0
Wolverhampton Wanderers1
Shrewsbury Town2 (3)
Stoke City2 (2)
Shrewsbury Town2 (2)
Wolverhampton Wanderers2 (3)
Wolverhampton Wanderers2
Wolverhampton Wanderers2
Manchester United1
Nottingham Forest0
Sheffield Wednesday0
Sheffield Wednesday0 (1)
Luton Town0 (0)
Manchester United2
Manchester United3
Manchester United2

Top scorers

Rank Player Club Goals[10]
1 Republic of Ireland Padraig Amond Newport County 5
Brazil Gabriel Jesus Manchester City
3 Republic of Ireland Matt Doherty Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
England Connor Jennings Tranmere Rovers
Mexico Raúl Jiménez Wolverhampton Wanderers
Republic of Ireland Paddy Madden Fleetwood Town
England Alfie May Doncaster Rovers
England Ivan Toney Peterborough United
9 18 players 3

Television rights

The following matches were broadcast live on UK television:

Round BT Sport BBC
First Round Proper Maidenhead United v Portsmouth
Port Vale v Sunderland
Hampton & Richmond Borough v Oldham Athletic
Oxford City v Tranmere Rovers (replay)
Salford City v Shrewsbury Town (replay)
Haringey Borough v AFC Wimbledon
Second Round Proper F.C. Halifax Town v AFC Wimbledon
Wrexham v Newport County
Guiseley v Fleetwood Town
Southport v Tranmere Rovers (replay)
Blackpool v Solihull Moors (replay)
Solihull Moors v Blackpool
Third Round Proper Tranmere Rovers v Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United v Reading
Blackpool v Arsenal
Woking v Watford
Blackburn Rovers v Newcastle United (replay)
Newport County v Leicester City
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool
Southampton v Derby County (replay)
Fourth Round Proper Accrington Stanley v Derby County
AFC Wimbledon v West Ham United
Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur
Barnet v Brentford
Newport County v Middlesbrough (replay)
Arsenal v Manchester United
Millwall v Everton
Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday
West Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion (replay)
Fifth Round Proper Queens Park Rangers v Watford
Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County
Newport County v Manchester City
Bristol City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Doncaster Rovers v Crystal Palace
Swansea City v Brentford (BBC Wales)
Chelsea v Manchester United
Quarter-finals Watford v Crystal Palace
Swansea City v Manchester City
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United
Millwall v Brighton & Hove Albion
Semi finals Watford v Wolverhampton Wanderers Manchester City v Brighton
Final Manchester City v Watford



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