FA Cup

One of the oldest knockout football competition in the world is the Football Association Challenge Cup or FA Cup for short. Which is a domestic championship that plays annually in the UK. Where it takes its name from the organisation itself, The Football Association. However, due to shown interest and a sponsorship agreement, the Cup officially changed its name in 2015 to the Emirates FA Cup. The Cup is a men’s only competition. Although there is a similar cup that caters for the female side of UK football, that goes by the name FA Women’s Cup. Though, to keep it clear and structures, this article will only cover the FA Cup, and whatever the official name may be, any reference as we continue to explore will be the FA Cup. So, let’s get the ball rolling with some quick history of the contest and its clubs partake in the event.

Quick history

First of all, in 1863, the Football Association (FA) established in the UK, setting the fundamentals of how the game plays today. However, Skipping forward to 1871. The now known football pioneer Charles William Alcock proposed that the UK should offer a cup inviting all clubs associated with the organisation to compete. As such the FA Cup was born and live on to this very day. The first match kicking things off for the Cup was in November 11th 1871 and won by the Wanderers after the final played in March 16th, 1872. By which the legend C.M Alcock captained. Though, it was first in the 1888/89 season that the qualifying rounds were introduced to the structure. Although the continuation of the Cup has not been undisturbed. As there were wartime breaks between 1914 to 1919 and 1939 to 1946.

How many teams include in FA Cup?

The beauty of the FA Cup is that the whole vertical of UK football gets to compete. Basically meaning that there are around 700 teams ready to take home the trophy at the final that goes down in Wembley Stadium. Which have been the place for most of the years. However, one exception where when a remodelling happened. As such the finals took place in Cardiff at the Millennium stadium between 2001 to 2006. Anyhow, the teams that play in the top 10 divisions in the English football league (EFL) system are welcome. Including clubs from the Premier League (1), but also the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One, and Sky Bet League Two (2 to 4). Plus, the semi-professional clubs in the National League (NL) System (5 to 10). Where roughly 600 teams go through the qualifier, while around 120 teams go straight to the main competition.

A season of FA Cup

The FA Cup season pivots on two main nominators, “qualifier” and the “proper.” To get an overview of a season of the Cup. We’ve compiled a quick and easy to understand the structure in the timeline from August to May. Let us start with the qualifier. August extra-preliminary round level 9 and 10 clubs and a preliminary round with level 8 clubs. September, first round with level 7 clubs and a second-round contains the level 6 clubs. October, host the fourth round with the level 5 clubs. After the qualifier is out of the way, the “proper” kicks off. November, first-round and level 3 and 4 clubs. January, third round where Level 1 and 2 clubs first make their entry. February, fifth round. March, the quarter-finals plays, followed by April and its semi-finals. And yes you guessed it, May the big event comes to completion when the final plays.FA cup

Who owns the League?

As the name FA Cup hints, there needs to be no guesswork involved to understand who is the body that controlling the Cup. In short, the Football Association is the decision-makers when it comes to all football that includes in the vertical. Although, it runs much deeper than just a name on the boss title. And especially when we are talking about this particular event, as its more of a national affair. And in the end, it makes no to little difference to who can take credit. This event is a UK population run and beloved competition.

FA Cup competition champions

At this time there is one team that has lifted the trophy more time than the rest. And coming in on first place is Arsenal and where they won season the season 13 times (1929/30, 1935/36, 1949/50, 1970/71, 1978/79, 1992/93, 1997/98, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2004/05, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2016/17). Almost matched by Manchester United’s 12 wins (1908/09, 1947/48, 1962/63, 1976/77, 1982/83, 1984/85, 1989/90, 1993/94, 1995/96, 1998/99, 2003/04, 2015/16) Closely followed by Tottenham Hotspur’s 8 (1900/01, 1920/21, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1966/67, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1990/91).

Extraordinary moments in FA Cup

One record that will most definitely never get beaten is Portsmouth FC’s seven-year rain and trophy holder, which they had safely secured in between 1939 to 1946. Although, two finals that go down in history with most goals scored is. Blackburn Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday 1890 finale that ended in 6 to 1. And Blackpool versus Bolton Wanderers 4 to 3 in 1953. By which persist as the only two finales with 7 goals.

Top goal scorers and record keepers in the FA Cup

In the event of any cup competition, you are expecting there to be many goals and other related records to goals scored. As such we are going to present you with some special team and individual performances. First, we have Gareth Morris that made the fastest goal in the Cup’s history. Where he made quick work of kicking the ball in the goal 4 seconds after the referee blew the whistle. Another incredible feat has to be the fastest hattrick, that only took Andy Locke 2 minutes and 20 seconds to complete, all with the help from his team.

Live viewership and the home audience

To portray an exact number of people that either show-up or tune in from their home is a tricky number to produce. And to dissect it down to an individual basis is virtually impossible. It all comes down to the league the team is playing in. And what teams that are playing against each other. But, to give you some number, we are talking about 100’s of millions during the course of a complete season. Indeed, just take the 1969/70 finale between Chelsea and Leeds United as an example that viewed by 28,5 million people. So, as you can see, it’s one of the more anticipated and watched football event in the UK.

Can you place bets on FA Cup?

If you like to place bets on football, then the FA Cup will definitely be a market you should look in to. As you will literally find all possible combinations available. And you will find even the most precise bet combinations and all type of bet building at your disposal. Plus, when the FA Cup is about to start most bookmaker will offer some type of sports betting bonus connected to it.