footbal at Charlton Athletic's The Valley stadium Charlton of League One will host Norwich City of the Premier League in the FA Cup Third Round.

The FA Cup Third Round is one of our favorite weekends of the English football season. That’s when the big clubs from the Premier League and Football League Championship join the oldest knockout competition in world soccer. So let’s take a look at some of the more interesting Third Round FA Cup fixtures of 2021-22 — and the games where Groundhopper Guides can sell FA Cup tickets.

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If you’re new here, the FA Cup is a tournament for virtually all football clubs in England — 729 entered for this season — and it has no brackets or seedings. With each round, new clubs are entered to meet the winners of previous rounds, and it’s completely random as to who plays whom and where.

And every year, in early January, the Premier League and Championship clubs enter for the Third Round — potentially to play, home or away, against some semipro or amateur “minnow” club who advanced from earlier rounds.

All of this with up to three times as many away fans in attendance as a league game can make for some amazing atmosphere.

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Swindon Town’s County Ground.

2021-22 FA Cup Third Round Fixtures of Note

You can see all the fixtures over at TheFA.com, and it all starts on Friday, January 7, with Manchester City visiting Swindon Town of League Two. Swindon is a town in the South West of England, and their ground holds just under 16,000 people — if they use the uncovered bleachers at one end, which I assume they will.

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Saturday the 8th sees most of the action, and for me the highlight is Crystal Palace visiting Millwall. These South London rivals, separated by just seven miles, have not played in eight years, so I can only imagine the excitement that must be building down that way. It will probably be even more intense than the time I had a rather harrowing night in their ground, The Den.

The lowest-ranked team left is Kidderminster Harriers, of the National League North at tier 6 of the English football pyramid. They will play host to Reading of the Championship at tier 2. Kidderminster, if you were wondering, is a town of about 55,000 in Worcestershire, southwest of Birmingham, and they have played at the (now) 6,600-seat Aggborough since 1890!

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The Brian Clough Stand at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground.

Similar gaps in club pyramid placement will occur when Brentford of the Premier League visit Port Vale of League Two and Chesterfield, of the fifth-tier National League, travel to Stamford Bridge to play mighty Chelsea. Seeing a team like the Spireites (named for a locally famous crooked church spire), who have never been above the third tier since the early 1950s, go up against the reigning European champions is what the FA Cup is all about.

Sunday the 9th brings a couple more Premier League clubs hosting smaller clubs, Shrewsbury Town at Liverpool and Morecambe at Tottenham, as well as Premier League Norwich City traveling to face League One Charlton in South East London. Also of note on Sunday is Arsenal visiting Nottingham Forest of the Championship, a club which famously knocked them out at this stage in 2018 by a score of 4-2.

And Monday the 10th brings an all-Premier-League clash of Aston Villa at Manchester United.

Kickoff of a soccer at Millwall FC's The Den.

Kickoff at The Den, Millwall FC.

The Rest of the 2021-22 FA Cup Schedule

The Fourth Round of the 2021-22 FA Cup is the first weekend in February, the Fifth Round is March 2, the Quarterfinals are March 19, the semis April 16-17, and the Final is on May 14.

We Sell FA Cup Tickets

Groundhopper Guides is an authorized reseller of tickets and hospitality at many Premier League and Champonship clubs, several of whom are playing at home during the FA Cup Third Round. Here’s a quick look at what we generally have to offer as well as price ranges as of mid-December.

All of these prices are in US $ per person, and there are no additional fees or taxes.

For a full, official quote to any of these FA Cup fixtures, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

  • Shrewsbury Town at Liverpool, 9 January 2022: Some of these options for around $200.
  • Chesterfield at Chelsea, 9 January 2022: A couple of these options for around $150.
  • Morecambe at Tottenham Hotspur, 9 January 2022: All of these options for under $200.
  • Leeds United at West Ham United, 9 January 2022: Some of these options for under $150.
  • Aston Villa at Manchester United, 10 January 2022: Some of these options from $150 to $400.
FA Cup semifinal pregame at Wembley Stadium in London.

An FA Cup Semifinal at Wembley, Chelsea vs Southampton.

We Also Have FA Cup Semifinal and Final Tickets

Groundhopper Guides also sells tickets to the FA Cup Semifinals (April 16-17, 2022) and Final (May 14, 2022) at Wembley Stadium. Here is a look at what we generally offer at Wembley; prices for the semifinal are currently from $300 to $650, and for the Final it’s $650 to $900. Those prices generally go up once the teams are set.

Stream or Watch the FA Cup in the USA

ESPN+ is the home of the FA Cup in the US, so check their listings for which games will be broadcast during the 2021-22 Third Round.

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