2017–18 FA Cup qualifying rounds

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2017–18 FA Cup qualifying rounds
Country  England
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The 2017–18 FA Cup qualifying rounds open the 137th 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 737 teams were accepted for the competition, an increase of 1 from the previous season's 736.[1]

The large number of clubs (645) entering the tournament from lower down (Levels 5 to 10) in the English football pyramid required the competition to start with six rounds of preliminary (2) and qualifying (4) knockouts for these non-League teams. The 32 winning teams from the Fourth Qualifying Round progressed to the First Round Proper, where League teams tiered at Levels 3 and 4 entered the competition.

Calendar[edit]

The calendar for the 2017–18 FA Cup qualifying rounds, as announced by The Football Association.[2]

Round Main Date Number of Fixtures Clubs Remaining New Entries This Round Prize Money
Extra Preliminary Round 5 August 2017 185 737 → 552 370: 368th–737th £1,500
Preliminary Round 19 August 2017 160 552 → 392 135: 233rd–367th £1,925
First Qualifying Round 2 September 2017 116 392 → 276 72: 161st–232nd £3,000
Second Qualifying Round 16 September 2017 80 276 → 196 44: 117th–160th £4,500
Third Qualifying Round 30 September 2017 40 196 → 156 none £7,500
Fourth Qualifying Round 14 October 2017 32 156 → 124 24: 93rd–116th £12,500

Extra Preliminary Round[edit]

Extra Preliminary Round fixtures were played on Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August 2017; replays were to take place no later than Thursday 10 August 2017 but ultimately concluded Wednesday 16 August 2017. The draw was held on 7 July 2017. A total of 370 teams, from Level 9 and Level 10 of English football, entered at this stage of the competition. The round included 76 teams from Level 10 of English football, the lowest ranked clubs to compete in the tournament. The results were as follows:

Preliminary Round[edit]

Preliminary Round fixtures were played on Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August 2017; replays were to take place no later than Thursday 24 August 2017 but ultimately concluded Monday 28 August 2017. The draw was held on 7 July 2017. A total of 320 teams took part in this stage of the competition, including the 185 winners from the Extra Preliminary Round and 135 entering at this stage from the six leagues at Level 8 of English football. The round included 28 teams from Level 10, the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition. The results were as follows:

First Qualifying Round[edit]

First Qualifying Round fixtures were played on Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September 2017 and all replays were completed by Wednesday 6 September 2017. The draw was held on 21 August 2017. A total of 232 teams took part in this stage of the competition, including the 160 winners from the Preliminary Round and 72 entering at this stage from the three leagues at Level 7 of English football. The round included 9 teams from Level 10, the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition. The results were as follows:

Second Qualifying Round[edit]

Second Qualifying Round fixtures were played on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 2017; replays were to take place no later Thursday 21 September 2017 but ultimately concluded Tuesday 26 September 2017. The draw was held on 4 September 2017. A total of 160 teams took part in this stage of the competition, including the 116 winners from the First Qualifying Round and 44 entering at this stage from the two leagues at Level 6 of English football. The round included 3 teams from Level 10, the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition. The results were as follows:

Third Qualifying Round[edit]

Third Qualifying Round fixtures were played on Saturday 30 September 2017 and all replays were completed by Tuesday 4 October 2017. The draw took place on 18 September 2017. The 80 winning teams from the Second Qualifying Round took part in this stage of the competition and no additional teams entered at this stage. The round included 7 teams from Level 9 of the football pyramid, which were the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition. The results were as follows:

Fourth Qualifying Round[edit]

Fourth Qualifying Round fixtures were played on Saturday 14 October 2017 and Sunday 15 October 2017 and all replays were completed by Tuesday 17 October 2017. The draw took place on 2 October 2017. A total of 64 teams took part in this stage of the competition: the 40 winners from the Third Qualifying Round and the 24 members of the National League who entered at this stage, representing Level 5 of English football. The round included Shildon from Level 9 of the football pyramid, the lowest-ranked team still in the competition.

Competition proper[edit]

Winners from the Fourth Qualifying Round advance to the First Round Proper, where teams from League One (Level 3) and League Two (Level 4) of English football, operating in the English Football League, enter the competition.

Broadcasting rights[edit]

The Qualifying Rounds aren't covered by the FA Cup's broadcasting contracts held by BBC Sport and BT Sport, although one game per round will be broadcast by the BBC on its media platforms.[3]

The following Qualifying Rounds matches were broadcast live in the UK:

Round Tie Broadcaster
Extra Preliminary Round[4] Litherland REMYCA (10) vs A.F.C. Liverpool (9) BBC Sport
Preliminary Round[5] South Shields (8) vs Bridlington Town (9)
First Qualifying Round[6] Billericay Town (7) vs Didcot Town (8)
Second Qualifying Round[7] Deeping Rangers (9) vs Kidderminster Harriers (6)
Third Qualifying Round[8] Ashton Athletic (9) vs Chorley (6)
Fourth Qualifying Round[9] St Albans City (6) vs Boreham Wood (5)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE 2017-18 EMIRATES FA CUP WILL KICK-OFF ON IN AUGUST AFTER FIRST DRAWS MADE". The Football Association. 2017-07-07. Retrieved 2018-01-07. 
  2. ^ "The Emirates FA Cup Round Dates, 2017-18". The Football Association. 7 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "FA Cup: BBC to broadcast one game from every qualifying round". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Emirates FA Cup tie between Litherland REMYCA and AFC Liverpool live on BBC Sport". The Football Association. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "FA Cup: BBC to stream South Shields v Bridlington Town FA Cup preliminary tie". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017. 
  6. ^ "FA Cup: BBC to stream Billericay Town v Didcot Town in first qualifier". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 25 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017. 
  7. ^ "FA Cup: BBC to stream Deeping Rangers v Kidderminster in second qualifying round". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 7 September 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "FA Cup third qualifying round: BBC to broadcast Ashton Athletic v Chorley". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017. 
  9. ^ "FA Cup: BBC to broadcast St Albans v Boreham Wood derby". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 

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