2018–19 FA Cup

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2018–19 FA Cup
Football Association Challenge Cup
Teams736 (overall)
644 (qualifying competition)
124 (main competition)
Defending championsChelsea
Matches played109
Goals scored304 (2.79 per match)
Attendance820,630 (7,529 per match)
Top goal scorer(s)Connor Jennings
Paddy Madden
Alfie May
Ivan Toney
(4 goals each)

The 2018–19 FA Cup (also known as the FA Challenge Cup) is the 138th edition of the oldest recognised football tournament in the world. It is 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 will conclude with the final on 18 May 2019. The winner will qualify for the 2019–20 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Premier League side Chelsea are the defending champions.


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[edit]

The schedule follows[1]

Phase Round Draw date First match date
Qualifying rounds Extra Preliminary Round 6 July 2018 10 August 2018
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 18 March 2019 6 April 2019
Final 18 May 2019

Qualifying rounds[edit]

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.[1] The fourth and final qualifying round was played over the weekend of 20 October 2018.[1]

First Round Proper[edit]

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.[2]

Second Round Proper[edit]

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 in the first round of the 2006–07 tournament.

Third Round Proper[edit]

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.[3]

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. [4][5]

Fourth Round Proper[edit]

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.[6] All 16 Fourth Round ties will be played on the weekend of 25–28 January 2019. This round includes one team from Level 5, Barnet, the lowest ranking and only non-League side left in the competition.[7]

Fifth Round Proper[edit]

The draw for the Fifth Round will take place on 28 January 2019. As of this season, extra time and penalties will replace replays as the method for resolving a tie.

Top scorers[edit]

Bold text indicates players and teams who are still involved in the competition

Rank Player Club Goals[8]
1 Republic of Ireland Paddy Madden Fleetwood Town 4
England Ivan Toney Peterborough United
England Alfie May Doncaster Rovers
England Connor Jennings Tranmere Rovers
5 Northern Ireland Josh Magennis Bolton Wanderers 3
England Herbie Kane Doncaster Rovers
Spain Fernando Llorente Tottenham Hotspur
Montserrat Lyle Taylor Charlton Athletic
England Tom Denton Chesterfield
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kabongo Tshimanga Oxford City
England Cauley Woodrow Barnsley
Tanzania Adi Yussuf Solihull Moors
England Andy Cook Walsall
Jamaica Jamille Matt Newport County
Nigeria Fejiri Okenabirhie Shrewsbury Town
England John Marquis Doncaster Rovers
Republic of Ireland Padraig Amond Newport County

Television rights[edit]

The following matches were/will be 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
Arsenal v Manchester United
Millwall v Everton
Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday



  1. ^ a b c "Emirates FA cup round dates 2018-19". The Football Association. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Emirates FA Cup First Round Draw Made by Dennis Wise and Dion Dublin". thefa.com. The Football Association. 22 October 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  3. ^ "FA Cup third-round draw: Blackpool v Arsenal, Woking v Watford". BBC Sport. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  4. ^ "FA Cup: Lack of 3pm kick-offs 'diminishes magic of the day', says FSF". BBC Sport. 10 December 2018.
  5. ^ "FA Cup third round schedule met with anger from Football Supporters' Federation". The Telegraph. 10 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Emirates FA Cup fourth round draw details". The Football Association. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  7. ^ "FA Cup fourth-round draw: Arsenal host Man Utd". BBC Sport. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  8. ^ "The FA Cup Top Scorers – Goals". BBC Sport. Retrieved 7 January 2019.

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