2020 FA Cup Final

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2020 FA Cup Final
Heads Up FA Cup Final
2020 FA Cup Final programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event2019–20 FA Cup
Date1 August 2020 (2020-08-01)
VenueWembley Stadium, London
Man of the MatchPierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)
RefereeAnthony Taylor (Cheshire)[1]
Attendance0[note 1]
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The 2020 FA Cup Final, known officially as the Heads Up FA Cup Final,[2] was the final match of the 2019–20 FA Cup and the 139th final of the FA Cup. It was played at Wembley Stadium, London, England on 1 August 2020; it was originally scheduled for 23 May but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.[3][4] The match was contested between Arsenal and Chelsea.[5] As winners, Arsenal entered the group stage of the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League.[6] The match was officially named the Heads Up FA Cup Final by The Football Association as part of a campaign around mental health awareness promoted by The FA president, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.[2] The match was held behind closed doors.[7] The winners received the trophy on the pitch and not, as in previous seasons, by climbing steps to the Royal Box for the presentation.[8]

The match was broadcast live on both BT Sport and BBC. The latter's coverage received viewing figures of 8.2 million, making it the most watched football match of the season in the UK.[9]

Route to the final[edit]


Round Opposition Score
3rd Leeds United (H) 1–0
4th Bournemouth (A) 2–1
5th Portsmouth (A) 2–0
QF Sheffield United (A) 2–1
SF Manchester City (N) 2–0
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue

Arsenal, as a Premier League club, started in the third round at home against EFL Championship side Leeds United. At their Emirates Stadium, Arsenal won 1–0 due with a goal from Reiss Nelson.[10] In the fourth round, they drew fellow Premier League Bournemouth away at Dean Court. Arsenal won 2–1 with goals from Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah.[11] In the next round Arsenal were drawn away to League One side Portsmouth. At Fratton Park, Arsenal won 2–0 with goals from Sokratis and Nketiah.[12] In the quarter-finals, they drew fellow Premier League side Sheffield United. At Bramall Lane, Arsenal won 2–1 with a penalty from Nicolas Pépé and a stoppage time winner from Dani Ceballos.[13] In the semi-final at neutral Wembley Stadium, Arsenal played Premier League side and current FA Cup holders Manchester City. Arsenal reached the final after a 2–0 win with two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.[14]


Round Opposition Score
3rd Nottingham Forest (H) 2–0
4th Hull City (A) 2–1
5th Liverpool (H) 2–0
QF Leicester City (A) 1–0
SF Manchester United (N) 3–1
Key: (H) = Home venue; (A) = Away venue; (N) = Neutral venue

Chelsea, as a Premier League club, started in the third round at home against Championship side Nottingham Forest and won 2–0 with goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley at their Stamford Bridge.[15] In the fourth round, they drew another Championship side, Hull City. At the KCOM Stadium, Chelsea won 2–1 with goals from Michy Batshuayi and Fikayo Tomori.[16] In the next round they were drawn with fellow Premier League club Liverpool at home and won 2–0 with goals from Willian and Barkley.[17] In the quarter-finals, they drew Premier League side Leicester City. At the King Power Stadium, Chelsea won 1–0 with the sole goal coming from Barkley.[18] In the semi-final at Wembley, Chelsea played Premier League side Manchester United in the cup for the fourth consecutive season. Chelsea reached the final after a 3–1 win with goals from Olivier Giroud, Mason Mount and an own goal from Harry Maguire.[19]


The two finalists shared a London derby rivalry. The final was a repeat of the 2002 and 2017 FA Cup finals, both of which Arsenal won. It was also a repeat of the previous year's UEFA Europa League final which Chelsea won.[20] Arsenal, having won a record 13 FA Cups, entered into the final looking to extend their winners record.[21] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the match was held behind closed doors with no spectators despite initial plans for a limited reopening.[7][22] Anthony Taylor was appointed to referee his second FA Cup final. Having refereed the 2017 final, he became the first man to referee a second FA Cup final since Arthur Kingscott in 1901; the FA did not want a referee's family to miss attending the match.[23] Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea manager Frank Lampard had won two and four FA Cups as players, respectively, for the clubs they managed in the 2020 final.



GK 26 Argentina Emiliano Martínez
CB 16 England Rob Holding
CB 23 Brazil David Luiz Substituted off 88'
CB 3 Scotland Kieran Tierney Substituted off 90+13'
RM 2 Spain Héctor Bellerín
CM 8 Spain Dani Ceballos Yellow card 73'
CM 34 Switzerland Granit Xhaka
LM 15 England Ainsley Maitland-Niles
RW 19 Ivory Coast Nicolas Pépé
CF 9 France Alexandre Lacazette Substituted off 82'
LW 14 Gabon Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (c)
GK 33 England Matt Macey
DF 5 Greece Sokratis Papastathopoulos Substituted in 88'
DF 31 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sead Kolašinac Substituted in 90+13'
MF 11 Uruguay Lucas Torreira
MF 28 England Joe Willock
MF 57 England Matt Smith
MF 77 England Bukayo Saka
FW 24 England Reiss Nelson
FW 30 England Eddie Nketiah Substituted in 82'
Spain Mikel Arteta
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GK 13 Argentina Willy Caballero
CB 28 Spain César Azpilicueta (c) Yellow card 26' Substituted off 35'
CB 15 France Kurt Zouma
CB 2 Germany Antonio Rüdiger Yellow card 75' Substituted off 78'
RM 24 England Reece James
CM 5 Italy Jorginho
CM 17 Croatia Mateo Kovačić Yellow card 14' Yellow-red card 73'
LM 3 Spain Marcos Alonso
RW 19 England Mason Mount Yellow card 45+4' Substituted off 78'
CF 18 France Olivier Giroud Substituted off 78'
LW 22 United States Christian Pulisic Substituted off 49'
GK 1 Spain Kepa Arrizabalaga
DF 4 Denmark Andreas Christensen Substituted in 35'
DF 29 England Fikayo Tomori
DF 33 Italy Emerson Palmieri
MF 7 France N'Golo Kanté
MF 8 England Ross Barkley Yellow card 89' Substituted in 78'
MF 20 England Callum Hudson-Odoi Substituted in 78'
FW 9 England Tammy Abraham Substituted in 78'
FW 11 Spain Pedro Substituted in 49'
England Frank Lampard

Man of the Match:
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)

Assistant referees:[1]
Gary Beswick (Durham)
Adam Nunn (Wiltshire)
Fourth official:[1]
Chris Kavanagh (Manchester)
Reserve assistant referee:[1]
Lee Betts (Norfolk)
Video assistant referee:[1]
Stuart Attwell (Birmingham)
Assistant video assistant referee:[1]
Stephen Child (London)

Match rules[24][25]

  • 90 minutes
  • 30 minutes of extra time if necessary
  • Penalty shoot-out if scores still level
  • Nine named substitutes
  • Maximum of five substitutions, with a sixth allowed in extra time[note 2]


  1. ^ a b The final was played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom.[7]
  2. ^ Each team was given only three opportunities to make substitutions, with a fourth opportunity in extra time, excluding substitutions made at half-time, before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time.


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