The 2012–13 FA Cup Qualifying Rounds opened the 132nd season of competition in England for 'The Football Association Challenge Cup' (FA Cup), the world's oldest association football single knockout competition. A total of 758 clubs were accepted for the competition, down five from the previous season's 763.
The large number of clubs entering the tournament from lower down (Levels 5 through 10) in the English football pyramid meant that the competition started with six rounds of preliminary (2) and qualifying (4) knockouts for these non-League teams. The 32 winning teams from Fourth Round Qualifying progressed to the First Round Proper, where League teams tiered at Levels 3 and 4 entered the competition.
Extra preliminary round ties were played on Friday the 10th, Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of August. Replays were played on Monday the 13th, Tuesday the 14th and Wednesday the 15th of August. The relative immediacy of the replays was due to there only being two weeks between consecutive rounds of the competition. Of the 200 teams who progressed to the preliminary round, 50 were from the lowest tier represented in the competition.