2018–19 FA Cup qualifying rounds

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2018–19 FA Cup qualifying rounds
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The 2018–19 FA Cup qualifying rounds open the 138th 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 736 teams were accepted for the competition, one fewer than the previous year's 737. [1]

The large number of clubs (644) 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 2018–19 FA Cup qualifying rounds, as announced by The Football Association. [2][3]

Round Main Date Number of Fixtures Clubs Remaining New Entries This Round Losing Club Winning Club
Extra Preliminary Round 11 August 2018 184 736 → 552 368: 369th–736th £ 750 £ 2,250
Preliminary Round 25 August 2018 160 552 → 392 136: 233rd–368th £ 960 £ 2,890
First Qualifying Round 8 September 2018 116 392 → 276 72: 161st–232nd £ 6,000
Second Qualifying Round 22 September 2018 80 276 → 196 44: 117th–160th £ 9,000
Third Qualifying Round 6 October 2018 40 196 → 156 0 £ 15,000
Fourth Qualifying Round 20 October 2018 32 156 → 124 24: 93rd–116th £ 25,000

Extra Preliminary Round[edit]

Extra Preliminary Round fixtures were played on Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2018; replays were to take place no later than Thursday 16 August 2018. The draw was held on Friday 6 July 2018. A total of 368 teams, from Level 8, Level 9 and Level 10 of English football, entered at this stage of the competition. The round included 80 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 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August 2018; replays were to take place no later than Thursday 6 September 2018. The draw was held on 6 July 2018. A total of 320 teams took part in this stage of the competition, including the 184 winners from the Extra Preliminary Round and 136 entering at this stage from Level 7 and Level 8 of English football. The round will included 32 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 are to be played on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September 2018; replays will take place no later than Thursday 13 September 2018. The draw was held on 28 August 2018. A total of 232 teams will take part in this stage of the competition, including the 160 winners from the Preliminary Round and 72 entering at this stage from the four leagues at Level 7 of English football. The round included 8 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 22 and Sunday 23 September 2018; the last replay played on Thursday 7 October 2018. The draw was held on 10 September 2018. 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 are to be played on Saturday 6 October 2018 and all replays were to be completed by Thursday 11 October 2018. The draw took place on 24 September 2018. The 80 winning teams from the Second Qualifying Round will take part in this stage of the competition and no additional teams entered at this stage. The round included one team, Dunston UTS, from Level 9 of the football pyramid as the lowest-ranked team still in the competition. The results were as follows:

Fourth Qualifying Round[edit]

Fourth Qualifying Round fixtures will be played on Saturday 20 October 2018 with all replays to be completed by Thursday 25 October 2018. The draw took place on 8 October 2018. A total of 64 teams will take 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 Dunston UTS from Level 9 of the football pyramid, the lowest-ranked team still in the competition. The draw was as follows.

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.

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

Round Tie Broadcaster
Extra Preliminary Round[4] Haverhill Rovers (9) vs Haverhill Borough (10) BBC Sport
Preliminary Round[5] Prestwich Heys (10) vs Radcliffe (8)
First Qualifying Round[6] Maltby Main (9) vs Frickley Athletic (8)
Second Qualifying Round[7] Lymington Town (9) vs Torquay United (6)
Third Qualifying Round[8] Peterborough Sports (8) vs Chorley (6)
Fourth Qualifying Round Dunston UTS (9) vs Gateshead (5)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The 2017-18 Emirates FA Cup will kick-off in August after the first two qualifying rounds were made". The Football Association. 6 July 2018. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  2. ^ "The Emirates FA Cup Round Dates, 2018-19". The Football Association. 6 July 2018.
  3. ^ "FA Cup early draws". The Football Association. 6 July 2018.
  4. ^ "The Emirates FA Cup tie between Haverhill Rovers and Haverhill Borough live on BBC Sport". Haverhill Echo. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  5. ^ "BBC to show Heys FA Cup tie live". Prestwich Heys FC official website. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Maltby FA Cup tie to be screened live". Rotherham Advertiser. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round Qualifying Match To Be Streamed Live By The BBC". Torquay United FC. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  8. ^ "BBC Sport select Peterborough Sports' FA Cup third round qualifying tie with Chorley for live broadcast". The Non-League Paper. 28 September 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2018.

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