2019–20 FA Cup

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2019–20 FA Cup
Football Association Challenge Cup
Dates10 August 2019 – 23 May 2020
Teams735 (all)
644 (qualifying competition)
123 (main competition)
Defending championsManchester City
Matches played149
Goals scored413 (2.77 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)James Ball
Harry McKirdy
(5 goals each)
All statistics correct as of 5 March 2020.
(Note: All statistics do not include qualifying play-offs)

The 2019–20 FA Cup (also known as the Football Association Challenge Cup) is the 139th edition of the oldest football tournament in the world. It is sponsored by Emirates and known as The Emirates FA Cup for sponsorship purposes.

Premier League side Manchester City are the defending champions.

On 13 March 2020, it was agreed that the FA Cup, as well as the rest of professional football in England, would be suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, until at least 3 April 2020. [1] This was later extended to 30 April.


Round Clubs
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering
at this round
First Round Proper 123
initially 124
initially 80
32 47
initially 48[a]
23 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
  1. ^ Bury initially received direct entry into the first round, before their expulsion from the EFL. They were subsequently expelled from the FA Cup on 29 August 2019.[2] On 16 October 2019, the FA announced that one club - the last one remaining in the draw - would receive a bye to the Second Round.[3]

Round and draw dates

For the first time, the Fifth Round fixtures will be played midweek rather than on a weekend, to accommodate the "winter break".[4]

Phase Round Draw date Draw venue First match date Ref.
Qualifying rounds Extra Preliminary Round 12 July 2019 Wembley Stadium (The FA HQ) 10 August 2019 [5]
Preliminary Round 24 August 2019
First Round Qualifying 27 August 2019 7 September 2019
Second Round Qualifying 9 September 2019 21 September 2019
Third Round Qualifying 23 September 2019 5 October 2019
Fourth Round Qualifying 7 October 2019 19 October 2019
Main tournament First Round Proper 21 October 2019 Wallace Binder Ground (Maldon & Tiptree) 8 November 2019
Second Round Proper 11 November 2019 Oaklands Park (Chichester City) 29 November 2019
Third Round Proper 2 December 2019 Etihad Stadium (Manchester City) 3 January 2020
Fourth Round Proper 6 January 2020 Emirates Stadium (Arsenal) 24 January 2020
Fifth Round Proper 27 January 2020 Dean Court (Bournemouth) 2 March 2020
Quarter-finals 4 March 2020 Hillsborough Stadium (Sheffield Wednesday) TBA (originally scheduled for 21 March 2020)
Semi-finals TBA (originally scheduled for 22 March 2020) TBA (originally scheduled for 18 April 2020)
Final TBA (originally scheduled for 23 May 2020)

Qualifying rounds

All of the competing teams that are not members of either the Premier League or English Football League 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 10 August 2019. The fourth and final qualifying round was played over the weekend of 19 October 2019.

First Round Proper

The draw for the First Round Proper was held on 21 October 2019. The 32 winners from the qualifying competition joined the 47 clubs from League One and League Two in 39 ties played over the weekend of 9 November. Due to Bury's expulsion from the competition, Chichester City (the final team drawn) were given a bye to the Second Round Proper. Chichester are one of two Level 8 teams that reached the first round along with Maldon & Tiptree, the lowest ranked teams left in the competition.

Second Round Proper

The draw for the Second Round Proper was held on 11 November 2019. The 39 winners of the First Round Proper and bye recipients Chichester City played in 20 Second Round Proper ties on the weekend of 30 November.[8] This round included two teams from level 8, Chichester City and Maldon & Tiptree, who were the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition.

Third Round Proper

The draw for the Third Round Proper was held on 2 December 2019. The 20 Second Round winners joined the 20 Premier League and 24 EFL Championship clubs in 32 ties to be played across the weekend of 4–6 January 2020.[9] This round included two teams from level 5, AFC Fylde and Hartlepool United, who were the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition.

All thirty-two matches kicked off one minute late to encourage fans to take one minute to think about their mental health, and to broadcast a film narrated by FA president Prince William about this issue.[10]

Fourth Round Proper

The draw was held on 6 January 2020, ahead of the Arsenal v Leeds United match.[12] The ties were played between 24 and 27 January 2020. Northampton Town of League Two (level 4) were the lowest-ranked team to compete in this round.

Fifth Round Proper

The draw was held on 27 January 2020, ahead of the Bournemouth v Arsenal fourth round match.[13] The ties were played in midweek during the week commencing Monday 2 March 2020. From this round there would be no replays; all ties would head to extra time and, if necessary, penalties to decide the team to advance in the event of a draw.[14]

The lowest ranked side to play in the fifth round was Portsmouth of League One (level 3).


The draw for the quarter-finals took place on 4 March 2020.[5] The ties were due to be played on 21 and 22 March 2020, before being postponed on 13 March 2020 due to the suspension of the football season.[1] Only Premier League teams will play in this round, the first all-Premier League quarter-finals since 2005–06.

Top scorers

As of 5 March 2020.[15]

Note: Players and teams in bold are still active in the competition.

Rank Player Club Goals
1 England James Ball Solihull Moors 5
England Harry McKirdy Carlisle United
3 Paraguay Miguel Almirón Newcastle United 4
France Maxime Biamou Coventry City
England Nathan Delfouneso Blackpool
England Morgan Ferrier Tranmere Rovers
England Tom Pope Port Vale
8 Republic of Ireland Pádraig Amond Newport County 3
England Tom Eaves Hull City
Republic of Ireland Adam Idah Norwich City
England Kieron Morris Tranmere Rovers
England Josh Murphy Cardiff City
England Vadaine Oliver Northampton Town
England Michael Smith Rotherham United
England Nathan Thomas Carlisle United
England Jordan Williams AFC Fylde

Television rights

The following matches were/will be broadcast live on UK television or Facebook:

Round BT Sport BBC Facebook
First Round Proper Dover Athletic v Southend United
Hayes & Yeading United v Oxford United
Harrogate Town v Portsmouth
Bromley v Bristol Rovers (replay)
Darlington v Walsall (replay)
Dulwich Hamlet v Carlisle United
Newport County v Grimsby Town (replay) (BBC Wales)
Second Round Proper Eastleigh v Crewe Alexandra
Tranmere Rovers v Chichester City
Solihull Moors v Rotherham United
Boston United v Rochdale (replay)
Plymouth Argyle v Bristol Rovers (replay)
Maldon & Tiptree v Newport County N/A
Third Round Proper Rochdale v Newcastle United
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United
Middlesbrough v Tottenham Hotspur
Gillingham v West Ham United
Manchester United v Wolverhampton Wanderers (replay)
Liverpool v Everton
Arsenal v Leeds United
Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough (replay)
Fourth Round Proper Queens Park Rangers v Sheffield Wednesday (BT Sport Extra)
Northampton Town v Derby County
Hull City v Chelsea
Tranmere Rovers v Manchester United
AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur (replay)
Brentford v Leicester City
Manchester City v Fulham
Shrewsbury Town v Liverpool
Oxford United v Newcastle United (replay)
Fifth Round Proper Portsmouth v Arsenal
Derby County v Manchester United
Chelsea v Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United (BBC Sport/BBC iPlayer)
Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City (BBC Sport/BBC iPlayer)
Reading v Sheffield United
Leicester City v Birmingham City
Quarter-Finals Leicester City v Chelsea
Sheffield United v Arsenal
Newcastle United v Manchester City
Norwich City v Manchester United


  1. ^ The match between Harrogate Town and Portsmouth was scheduled to kick off at 19:45 GMT but was delayed by 55 minutes due to multiple power failures.[6]
  2. ^ The match on 9 November 2019 between Yeovil Town and Hartlepool United was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.[7] The match was later rearranged for 12 November 2019.
  3. ^ The match on 14 January 2020 between Tranmere Rovers and Watford was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.[11] The match was later rearranged for 23 January 2020.


  1. ^ a b "Premier League, FA, EFL and WSL unite to postpone fixtures". Premier League. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  2. ^ Clarke, Paul. "How Bury FC's expulsion affects the Emirates FA Cup". Newcastle Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  3. ^ "FA Cup first round: Bury expulsion means bye to second round for one team". BBC Sport. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Premier League winter break explained: What you need to know". Sky Sports. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b "The Emirates FA Cup Round Dates Season 2019-20" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Harrogate Town 1-2 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Yeovil Town P-P Hartlepool United". BBC Sport. 9 November 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  8. ^ "FA Cup second round draw: Chichester City get away league club draw". BBC Sport. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  9. ^ "FA Cup third round: Liverpool draw Everton in third round". BBC Sport. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Prince William narrates mental health film for FA Cup games". BBC News. 3 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Watford face four games in nine days after replay postponement". BBC Sport. 14 January 2020. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  12. ^ "FA Cup draw: Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester get away ties in fourth round". BBC Sport. 6 January 2020. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  13. ^ Lucas, Jim (23 January 2020). "Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Draw Details & Ball Numbers". The Football Association. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  14. ^ "FA Cup fifth-round draw: Wayne Rooney to face former side Man Utd". BBC Sport. 5 February 2020. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  15. ^ "The FA Cup Top Scorers – Goals". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
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