A total of 729 clubs will enter the Emirates FA Cup for the 2021-22 season, the 150th campaign of the competition’s history. The total prize fund will remain at circa £16m which is the same level as it was for the 2020-21 competition.
There will be payments made to the winners and losers in all rounds of the qualifying rounds, but payments will only be made to the winners from the first round proper through to the quarter-final. The winners and losers will each receive a payment in the semi-final and Final.
Replays will be mandatory in all rounds of the qualifying competition and the competition proper from the first round proper up to and including the fourth round proper. Howeverthere will be no replays in the 2021/22 FA Trophy or FA Vase.
In addition, the FA revealed can reveal that there will be 610 clubs involved in the 2021-22 FA Youth Cup campaign, with exemptions and round dates for that competition also revealed.
The draws for the first two rounds of both competitions will be released on Friday 9 July, while the rules for each competition will be released as early as possible prior to the start of the season.
Will be released on Friday 9th July
F.A. Cup – Extra Preliminary & Preliminary Rounds
F.A. Trophy – First & Second Round Qualifying
F.A. Vase – First & Second Round Qualifying
F.A. Youth Cup – Preliminary Round & First Round Qualifying
FA Cup Dates
Saturday 7th August – Extra Preliminary Round
Saturday 21st August – Preliminary Round
Saturday 4th September – First Round Qualifying
Saturday 18th September – Second Round Qualifying
Saturday 2nd October – Third Round Qualifying
Saturday 16th October – Fourth Round Qualifying
Saturday 6th November – First Round
FA Trophy Dates
Saturday 25 September 2021 – First Round Qualifying
Saturday 9 October 2021 – Second Round Qualifying
Saturday 30 October 2021 – Third Round Qualifying
Saturday 13 November 2021 – First Round Proper