2016–17 FA Cup

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2016–17 FA Cup
Football Association Challenge Cup
Country  England
Dates 5 August 2016 – 27 May 2017
Teams 736
Matches played 120
Goals scored 378 (3.15 per match)
Top goal scorer(s) Adam Morgan
(6 goals)
All statistics correct as of 17 January 2017.

The 2016–17 FA Cup (also known as the FA Challenge Cup) is the 136th and current 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. 736 clubs were accepted into the tournament,[1] and it began with the Extra Preliminary Round on 6 August 2016, and will conclude with the final on 27 May 2017.[2] The winner will qualify for the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League group stage.

Premier League side Manchester United are the defending champions after beating Crystle Palace in the final.

This edition of the FA Cup will be the first in which quarter-final matches will be played to a result on the day, instead of being subject to replay in case of a draw.[3]


Round Clubs
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering at this round
First Round Proper 124 80 32 48 Football League One
Football League Two
Second Round Proper 84 40 40 none none
Third Round Proper 64 64 20 44 Premier League
Football League Championship
Fourth Round Proper 32 32 32 none none
Fifth Round Proper 16 16 16 none none
Sixth Round Proper 8 8 8 none none
Semi-finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none

Prize fund

Round No. of Clubs
receive fund
Prize fund
per club
Extra Preliminary Round winners 184 £1,500
Preliminary Round winners 160 £1,925
First Round Qualifying winners 116 £3,000
Second Round Qualifying winners 80 £4,500
Third Round Qualifying winners 40 £7,500
Fourth Round Qualifying winners 32 £12,500
First Round Proper winners 40 £18,000
Second Round Proper winners 20 £27,000
Third Round Proper winners 32 £67,500
Fourth Round Proper winners 16 £90,000
Fifth Round Proper winners 8 £180,000
Sixth Round Proper winners 4 £360,000
Semi-final losers 2 £450,000
Semi-final winners 2 £900,000
Final runners-up 1 £900,000
Final winner 1 £1,800,000
Total £15,132,000

Round and draw dates

The schedule is as follows.[1][2]

Phase Round Draw date Match date
Qualifying rounds Extra Preliminary Round 8 July 2016 6 August 2016
Preliminary Round 20 August 2016
First Round Qualifying 15 August 2016 3 September 2016
Second Round Qualifying 5 September 2016 17 September 2016
Third Round Qualifying 19 September 2016 1 October 2016
Fourth Round Qualifying 3 October 2016 15 October 2016
Main tournament First Round Proper 17 October 2016 5 November 2016
Second Round Proper 7 November 2016 3 December 2016
Third Round Proper 5 December 2016 7 January 2017
Fourth Round Proper 9 January 2017 28 January 2017
Fifth Round Proper TBD 18 February 2017
Sixth Round Proper TBD 11 March 2017
Semi-finals TBD 22 and 23 April 2017
Final 27 May 2017

Qualifying rounds

The qualifying competition began with the Extra Preliminary Round on 6 August 2016.[2] All of the competing teams that are not members of either the Premier League or English Football League had to compete in the qualifying rounds to secure a place in the First Round Proper. The final (fourth) qualifying round was played over the weekend of 15 October.[2]

First Round Proper

The First Round draw took place on 17 October and was broadcast live on BBC Two and BT Sport.[4] All 40 First Round Proper ties were played on the weekend of 5 November.[2] 32 teams from the qualifying competition joined the 48 teams from League One and League Two to compete in this round. The round included one team from Level 9 still in the competition, Westfields, who were the lowest-ranked team in this round.[5]

Second Round Proper

The second round draw took place on 7 November at Haig Avenue, home of Southport F.C., immediately prior to the Southport-Fleetwood tie, and was broadcast live on BT Sport. The round included one team from Level 7 still in the competition, Stourbridge, who were the lowest-ranked team in this round.[6]

Third Round Proper

A total of 64 clubs played in the third round; 20 winners of the second round, and 44 teams from Premier League and EFL Championship entering in this round. The draw was held on 5 December 2016 at the BT Tower and was broadcast live on BT Sport and BBC Two.[8] The matches were played across the weekend of 6–9 January 2017.[9][10] The round included one team from Level 7 still in the competition, Stourbridge, who were the lowest-ranked team in this round.

Fourth Round Proper

A total of the 32 winners of the third round play in this round. The draw for the Fourth Round Proper took place at the BT Tower on 9 January 2017. The matches are scheduled to be played across the weekend of 27–29 January 2017.[11][12][13] The round includes two teams from Level 5 who are still in the competition. Lincoln City, who were leading the National League on the night of their third round replay and Sutton United, who were fifteenth on the same night and are therefore the lowest-ranked team in this round.

Top goalscorers

As of 18 January 2017

Rank Player[14] Club Goals
1 England Adam Morgan Curzon Ashton 6
2 France Mikael Mandron Eastleigh 5
3 England James Armson Brackley Town 4
England Luke Berry Cambridge United
England Roarie Deacon Sutton United
England Tom Elliott AFC Wimbledon
England Kane Hemmings Oxford United
Jamaica Theo Robinson Lincoln City

Note: Players and teams marked in bold are still active in the competition.

Broadcasting rights

The following matches were/will be broadcast live on UK television:

Round BT Sport BBC
First Round Proper[15] Merstham v Oxford United
Southport v Fleetwood Town
Brackley Town v Gillingham (Replay)
Dover Athletic v Cambridge United (Replay)
Eastleigh v Swindon Town
Second Round Proper[16] Lincoln City v Oldham Athletic
Curzon Ashton v AFC Wimbledon
Peterborough United v Notts County (Replay)
Newport County v Plymouth Argyle (Replay)
Macclesfield Town v Oxford United
Third Round Proper[17] Manchester United v Reading
Preston North End v Arsenal
Liverpool v Plymouth Argyle
Cambridge United v Leeds United
Plymouth Argyle v Liverpool (Replay)
West Ham United v Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Cardiff City v Fulham (BBC Wales)
Lincoln City v Ipswich Town (Replay)
Fourth Round Proper[18] Liverpool v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Southampton v Arsenal
Sutton United v Leeds United
Derby County v Leicester City
Millwall v Watford
Manchester United v Wigan Athletic


  1. ^ The match on 4 December 2016 between Stourbridge and Northampton Town was postponed due to a frozen pitch.[7] The match was later rearranged for 13 December 2016.


  1. ^ a b "FA Competitions clubs accepted and early round draws". thefa.com. 8 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "The Emirates FA Cup Round Dates, 2016-17". The Football Association. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "No replays in the 2017 Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals" (Press release). The Football Association. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Emirates FA Cup First Round draw numbers confirmed". thefa.com. The Football Association. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Draw completed for first round of The Emirates FA Cup". thefa.com. The Football Association. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Twenty ties set in Emirates FA Cup second round draw from Southport". thefa.com. The Football Association. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Stourbridge P-P Northampton Town". BBC Sport. 4 December 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Emirates FA Cup third round draw numbers". thefa.com. The Football Association. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Emirates FA Cup third round draw has been made". thefa.com. The Football Association. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "FA Cup third round: League Two Newport or Plymouth to visit Liverpool". BBC Sport. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "The Emirates FA Cup Results". thefa.com. The Football Association. 9 Jan 2017. Retrieved 9 Jan 2017. 
  12. ^ "Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Draw Takes Place on Monday Evening". The FA. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Fixtures: Fourth Round Proper". The FA. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  14. ^ "FA Cup 2016/2017: Top Scorers". World Football. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "FA Cup first round: BBC Two to show Eastleigh v Swindon Town clash". BBC Sport. Retrieved Oct 20, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Emirates FA Cup Second Round replay schedule confirmed". thefa.com. The Football Association. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  17. ^ "BBC and BT Sport will show six FA Cup third round ties". thefa.com. The Football Association. 8 December 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  18. ^ "Six Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round Ties Selected For Live Broadcast". thefa.com. The Football Association. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 

External links

  • The official FA Cup website
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