The English Football Association has released the 2022-23 FA Cup round and draw dates. We have the FA Cup schedule here.
We also sell FA Cup tickets; see below to request a quote.
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What is the FA Cup?
As explained in the video above, the FA Cup is a knockout competition for virtually all football clubs in England, as well as a few in Wales. It begins in August with fully amateur clubs, and with each ensuing round, larger clubs enter the competition, always via random draw to determine who plays at home and who plays away. The Final at Wembley Stadium is usually in May but this year is in June.
More than 700 clubs will participate in the 2022-23 FA Cup, which is the 142nd time the competition has been held.
Liverpool are defending champions, or “holders” of the FA Cup.
While we don’t know the actual FA Cup fixtures until each draw is made after each round, we do know the 2022-23 FA Cup schedule.
For much more background, read our blog post What is the FA Cup?
The 2022-23 FA Cup Schedule
For each round, the date listed is the “main date.” Fixtures will actually be held a day before and after that date, as well.
The draw for each round will be made a day or two after the completion of the previous round.
Extra Preliminary Round: August 6, 2022
This includes 300+ clubs from levels 8-10 of the pyramid of English football leagues. In the 2021-22 FA Cup, this was 174 games.
Preliminary Round: August 20, 2022
The rest of level 8 enter for a total of around 300 clubs and 150 games.
1st Round Qualifying: September 3, 2022
More than 80 clubs from level 7 enter for a total of around 230 clubs and 115 games.
2nd Round Qualifying: September 17, 2022
For this round, 48 clubs from the National League North and South, tier 6 of the pyramid, enter the competition. This will be approximately 160 clubs playing 80 games.
3rd Round Qualifying: October 1, 2022
There are no new entries for this round, just the approximately 80 winners from the previous round playing 40 games.
4th Round Qualifying: October 15, 2022
Here the 24 clubs from the National League at tier 5 enter with the 40 winners from before, for a total of 64 clubs playing 32 games.
1st Round Proper: November 5, 2022
The 48 fully professional clubs from League One and League Two — tiers 3 and 4 — come in. This is a fun weekend when some amateur clubs have survived long enough to take on a Football League club. Eighty clubs play 40 games.
2nd Round Proper: November 26, 2022
No new clubs for this round, just the 40 winners playing 20 games.
3rd Round Proper: January 7, 2023
This is the really fun one, when all the 44 clubs from the Premier League and Championship, the top two tiers, enter and often wind up facing some really small clubs. Sixty-four teams play 32 games.
Note that both the Championship and Premier League take this weekend off from league games.
4th Round Proper: January 28, 2023
With no more clubs to enter the rest of the way, this is the Round of 32, a total of 16 games. Again, the Premier League takes this weekend off — but not the Championship.
5th Round Proper: March 1, 2023
This is the Round of 16, held on a midweek to not interfere with league schedules. March 1 is a Wednesday. A total of eight games will be played.
Quarterfinals: March 18, 2023
This is a very important week to keep an eye on, because the Premier League and Championship will also play on this weekend. This means league games scheduled for this weekend will be moved to another week entirely, should either team qualify for this round — and that won’t be known until about March 2!
Semifinals: April 22 and 23, 2023
Both semifinals are played at Wembley Stadium in London this weekend. Again, this will interfere with league schedules, as both the Premier League and Championship will schedule games for this weekend.
2023 FA Cup Final: June 3, 2023
Looking for FA Cup Tickets?
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