Soccer – FA Cup 2018-19: Draw, fixtures, results & guide to each round

Soccer – FA Cup 2018-19: Draw, fixtures, results & guide to each round

Goal brings you all you need to know about the oldest competition in football, with the first round now underway

England’s FA Cup is the oldest football competition in the world and this season it returns for the 138th time.

The tournament involves teams from the 10th level of the English football pyramid to the top and will see a total of 736 teams take part.

With a rich history stretching back to the 19th century, there have been plenty of moments to savour through the years and clubs will be eager to dabble in the ‘Magic of the Cup’. 

Chelsea are the reigning champions, while Arsenal are the most successful club in the history of the competition and both will no doubt be vying for glory.

However, with one-off knockout games there is always a chance of a ‘giant killing’.

With the 2018-19 edition under way, Goal brings you everything you need to know about this season’s FA Cup.

When did the FA Cup start & when is the final?

The first round proper of this season’s FA Cup is scheduled to begin on Saturday November 10, with 48 clubs from League One and League Two entering at that stage.

Premier League and Championship clubs do not enter the competition until the third round proper, which is scheduled to begin on the weekend of Saturday January 5.

FA Cup Trophy

Before the first round proper, there were a number of qualifying rounds involving teams from the lower rungs of English football, beginning with the extra preliminary qualifying round, which was played on August 10.

Including the extra preliminary round, there were a total of six qualifying rounds before teams from the Football League enter.

The 2019 FA Cup final is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 18 and it will be held at Wembley.

FA Cup first round

The first-round draw of the FA Cup took place on Monday following the conclusion of the fourth qualifying round, which wrapped up on the weekend of October 20.

Forty-eight teams from League One and League Two enter the competition at this stage, where they will join the 32 winners from the previous round.

Among those in the pot are two teams from the seventh tier of English football, Southern League Premier Division side Metropolitan Police and Isthmian Premier’s Haringey Borough, and Weston Super-Mare of the sixth-tier National League South.

First round games themselves are scheduled to be played on the weekend of Saturday, November 10.

Date Match TV?
Nov 9 Haringey Borough 0-1 Wimbledon BBC Two
Nov 10 Maidenhead United vs Portsmouth BT Sport 1
Nov 10 Maidstone United vs Macclesfield Town No
Nov 10 Ebbsfleet United vs Cheltenham Town No
Nov 10 Swindon Town vs York City No
Nov 10 Torquay United vs Woking No
Nov 10 Scunthorpe United vs Burton Albion No
Nov 10 Aldershot Town vs Bradford City No
Nov 10 Grimsby Town vs MK Dons No
Nov 10 Bromley vs Peterborough United No
Nov 10 Southport vs Boreham Wood No
Nov 10 Plymouth Argyle vs Stevenage No
Nov 10 Chesterfield vs Billericay Town No
Nov 10 Lincoln City vs Northampton Town No
Nov 10 Yeovil Town vs Stockport County No
Nov 10 Bury vs Dover Athletic No
Nov 10 Gillingham vs Hartlepool United No
Nov 10 Oxford United vs Forest Green Rovers No
Nov 10 Tranmere Rovers vs Oxford City No
Nov 10 Accrington Stanley vs Colchester United No
Nov 10 Barnsley vs Notts County No
Nov 10 Metropolitan Police vs Newport County No
Nov 10 Walsall vs Coventry City No
Nov 10 Rochdale vs Gateshead No
Nov 10 Sutton United vs Slough Town No
Nov 10 Exeter City vs Blackpool No
Nov 10 Luton Town vs Wycombe Wanderers No
Nov 10 Morecambe vs Halifax Town No
Nov 10 Crewe Alexandra vs Carlisle United No
Nov 10 Southend United vs Crawley Town No
Nov 11 Mansfield Town vs Charlton Athletic No
Nov 11 Chorley vs Doncaster Rovers No
Nov 11 Alfreton Town vs Fleetwood Town No
Nov 11 Barnet vs Bristol Rovers No
Nov 11 Shrewsbury Town vs Salford City No
Nov 11 Hitchin Town vs Solihull Motors No
Nov 11 Guiseley vs Cambridge United No
Nov 11 Weston Super Mare vs Wrexham No
Nov 11 Port Vale vs Sunderland BT Sport 1
Nov 12 Hampton & Richmond Borough vs Oldham Athletic BT Sport 1

Fixture dates subject to change pending television scheduling.

FA Cup TV channel & stream

FA Cup 2018

UK TV channel Online stream
BBC / BT Sport BBC iPlayer / BT Sport app

The FA Cup will be broadcast on the BBC and BT Sport in the United Kingdom.

Both networks will air the final and will share the rest of the competition, taking turns to select the games they wish to broadcast.

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All matches shown by the BBC and BT Sport will be available to stream on their respective websites and apps.

US TV channel Online stream

In the United States, the rights to the FA Cup are owned by ESPN, but the games will exclusively be streamed online via ESPN+. 

That means the games will not be shown live on television in the US.

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