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 semi-finals approaching

England‘s FA Cup is the oldest football competition in the world and this season it has returned 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’. 

With one-off knockout games there is always, however, 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 began on Friday November 9, 2018 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 began on the weekend of Saturday January 5, 2019.

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 semi-finals

Sergio Aguero Manchester City 2018-19

The draw for the FA Cup semi-finals took place on March 17.

Pep Guardiola’s quadruple chasing Manchester City will take on Brighton while Manchester United‘s conquerors Wolves face Watford.

Fixtures set to take place the weekend of April 6-7 and will be played at Wembley Stadium.

Semi-final winners will receive £1.8 million ($2.4m), while losers get £900,000 ($1.2m).

April 6Watford vs WolvesBBC One
April 7Manchester City vs BrightonBT Sport 2

*Dates subject to change.

FA Cup quarter-finals

The draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals took place on February 18.

Manchester City staged an incredible comeback to win 3-2 against Swansea after being 2-0 down, while Manchester United crashed out at the hands of Premier League rivals Wolves.

Fixtures set to take place the weekend of March 16-17.

March 16Watford 2-1 Crystal PalaceBT Sport 2
March 16Swansea 2-3 Manchester CityBT Sport 2
March 16Wolves 2-1 Manchester UnitedBBC One
March 17Millwall 2-2 Brighton (4-5 pens)BBC One

FA Cup fifth round

The FA Cup fifth round draw took place on January 28 following the likes of Everton getting knocked out by Championship side Millwall and West Ham also suffering an early exit at the hands of League One stragglers Wimbledon.

Chelsea hosted Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in a repeat of last season’s final.

Fixtures set to take place the weekend of February 15-18.

Feb 15QPR 0-1 WatfordBT Sport 2
Feb 16Brighton 2-1 Derby CountyBT Sport 2
Feb 16Wimbledon 0-1 MillwallNo
Feb 16Newport County 1-4 Man CityBT Sport 2
Feb 17Bristol City 0-1 WolvesBT Sport 2
Feb 17Doncaster Rovers 0-2 Crystal PalaceBBC One
Feb 17Swansea 4-1 BrentfordBBC Wales
Feb 18Chelsea 0-2 Man UnitedBBC One

*Dates subject to change.

FA Cup fourth round

FA Cup fourth round draw took place on January 7 following Liverpool‘s shock defeat at newly-promoted Premier League side Wolves.

Arsenal hosted Manchester United at the Emirates in the biggest match-up of the draw, with the Red Devils knocking out the North Londoners in an emphatic 3-1 away victory.

Fixtures set to take place the weekend of January 25-28 .

Jan 25Arsenal 1-3 Man UnitedBBC One
Jan 25Bristol City 2-1 BoltonNo
Jan 26Shrewsbury Town 2-2 WolvesNo
Jan 26Newcastle United 0-2 WatfordNo
Jan 26Brighton 0-0 West BromNo
Jan 26Man City 5-0 BurnleyNo
Jan 26Swansea 4-1 GillinghamNo
Jan 26Accrington Stanley 0-1 Derby CountyBT Sport 2
Jan 26Portsmouth 1-1 QPRNo
Jan 26Middlesbrough 1-1 NewportNo
Jan 26Doncaster 2-1 Oldham No
Jan 26Millwall 3-2 EvertonBBC One
Jan 26AFC Wimbledon 4-2 West HamBT Sport 2
Jan 27Crystal Palace 2-0 Tottenham HotspurBT Sport 2
Jan 27Chelsea 3-0 Sheffield WednesdayBBC One
Jan 28Barnet 3-3 BrentfordBT Sport 2

FA Cup fourth-round replays

Feb 5Newport County 2-0 MiddlesbroughBT Sport 2
Feb 5Wolves 3-2 ShrewsburyNo
Feb 5QPR 2-0 PortsmouthNo
Feb 5Brentford 3-1 BarnetNo
Feb 6West Brom 1-3 Brighton (AET)BBC One

FA Cup third round

The FA Cup third round draw was made on December 3, with Wolves vs Liverpool and Bournemouth vs Brighton the only two all-Premier League meetings.

The matches took place between January 4 and 7, with Wolves pulling off the upset of the tie after seeing Premier League leaders Liverpool off at Molineux.

Jan 4Tranmere Rovers 0-7 TottenhamBT Sport 2
Jan 5Manchester United 2-0 ReadingBT Sport 2
Jan 5Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Stoke CityNo
Jan 5Bournemouth 1-3 BrightonNo
Jan 5West Ham 2-0 Birmingham CityNo
Jan 5Burnley 1-0 BarnsleyNo
Jan 5West Brom 1-0 WiganNo
Jan 5Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Luton TownNo
Jan 5Bolton Wanderers 5-2 WalsallNo
Jan 5Gillingham 1-0 Cardiff CityNo
Jan 5Brentford 1-0 Oxford UnitedNo
Jan 5Everton 2-1 Lincoln CityNo
Jan 5Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham ForestNo
Jan 5Derby County 2-2 SouthamptonNo
Jan 5Accrington Stanley 1-0 Ipswich TownNo
Jan 5Fleetwood Town 2-3 AFC WimbledonNo
Jan 5Middlesbrough 5-0 PeterboroughNo
Jan 5Aston Villa 0-3 SwanseaNo
Jan 5Bristol City 1-0 Huddersfield TownNo
Jan 5Newcastle United 1-1 Blackburn RoversNo
Jan 5Norwich City 0-1 PortsmouthNo
Jan 5Crystal Palace 1-0 Grimsby TownNo
Jan 5Blackpool 0-3 ArsenalBT Sport 2
Jan 6Manchester City 7-0 RotherhamNo
Jan 6Fulham 1-2 Oldham AthleticNo
Jan 6Sheffield United 0-1 BarnetNo
Jan 6Millwall 2-1 Hull CityNo
Jan 6Preston North End 1-3 Doncaster RoversNo
Jan 6QPR 2-1 Leeds UnitedNo
Jan 6Woking 0-2 WatfordBT Sport 2
Jan 6Newport 2-1 Leicester CityBBC One
Jan 7Wolves 2-1 LiverpoolBBC One

FA Cup third-round replays

Jan 15Luton Town 0-1 Sheffield WednesdayNo
Jan 15Blackburn Rovers 2-4 Newcastle United (AET)BT Sport 2
Jan 15Stoke City 2-3 Shrewsbury TownNo
Jan 16Southampton 2-2 Derby County (3-5 pens.)BBC One

FA Cup second round

The second-round draw of the FA Cup took place on November 12 following the conclusion of the first round.

At that point, forty teams remained in the competition as sides fought it out for a place in round three, which is when sides from the Premier League and the Championship enter the fray.

The round required five games to go to a replay.

Nov 30Solihull Moors 0-0 BlackpoolBBC Two
Dec 1Halifax 1-3 AFC WimbledonBT Sport 1
Dec 1Southend United 2-4 BarnsleyNo
Dec 1Peterborough United 2-2 Bradford CityNo
Dec 1Maidstone United 0-2 Oldham AthleticNo
Dec 1Lincoln City 2-0 Carlisle UnitedNo
Dec 1Plymouth Argyle 1-2 Oxford UnitedNo
Dec 1Walsall 1-1 SunderlandNo
Dec 1Accrington Stanley 3-1 Cheltenham TownNo
Dec 1Charlton Athletic 0-2 Doncaster RoversNo
Dec 1Wrexham 0-0 Newport CountyBT Sport 1
Dec 2Bury 0-1 Luton TownNo
Dec 2Tranmere Rovers 1-1 SouthportNo
Dec 2Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Scunthorpe UnitedNo
Dec 2Chesterfield 0-2 Grimsby TownNo
Dec 2Swindon Town 0-1 WokingNo
Dec 2Barnet 1-0 Stockport CountyNo
Dec 2Rochdale 0-1 PortsmouthNo
Dec 2Slough Town 0-1 GillinghamNo
Dec 3Guiseley 1-2 Fleetwood TownBT Sport 1

FA Cup second-round replays

Dec 11Newport County 4-0 WrexhamNo
Dec 11Bradford City 4-4  Peterborough United (2-3 pens.)No
Dec 11Sunderland 0-1 WalsallNo
Dec 17Southport 0-2 Tranmere RoversBT Sport 1
Dec 18Blackpool 3-2 Solihull MoorsBT Sport 1

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.

Nov 9Haringey Borough 0-1 WimbledonBBC Two
Nov 10Maidenhead United 0-4 PortsmouthBT Sport 1
Nov 10Maidstone United 2-1 Macclesfield TownNo
Nov 10Ebbsfleet United 0-0 Cheltenham TownNo
Nov 10Swindon Town 2-1 York CityNo
Nov 10Torquay United 0-1 WokingNo
Nov 10Scunthorpe United 2-1 Burton AlbionNo
Nov 10Aldershot Town 1-1 Bradford CityNo
Nov 10Grimsby Town 3-1 MK DonsNo
Nov 10Bromley 1-3 Peterborough UnitedNo
Nov 10Southport 2-0 Boreham WoodNo
Nov 10Plymouth Argyle 1-0 StevenageNo
Nov 10Chesterfield 1-1 Billericay TownNo
Nov 10Lincoln City 3-2 Northampton TownNo
Nov 10Yeovil Town 1-3 Stockport CountyNo
Nov 10Bury 5-0 Dover AthleticNo
Nov 10Gillingham 0-0 Hartlepool UnitedNo
Nov 10Oxford United 0-0 Forest Green RoversNo
Nov 10Tranmere Rovers 3-3 Oxford CityNo
Nov 10Accrington Stanley 1-0 Colchester UnitedNo
Nov 10Barnsley 4-0 Notts CountyNo
Nov 10Metropolitan Police 0-2 Newport CountyNo
Nov 10Walsall 3-2 Coventry CityNo
Nov 10Rochdale 2-1 GatesheadNo
Nov 10Sutton United 0-0 Slough TownNo
Nov 10Exeter City 2-3 BlackpoolNo
Nov 10Luton Town 2-0 Wycombe WanderersNo
Nov 10Morecambe 0-0 Halifax TownNo
Nov 10Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Carlisle UnitedNo
Nov 10Southend United 1-1 Crawley TownNo
Nov 11Mansfield Town 1-1 Charlton AthleticNo
Nov 11Chorley 2-2 Doncaster RoversNo
Nov 11Alfreton Town 1-4 Fleetwood TownNo
Nov 11Barnet 1-1 Bristol RoversNo
Nov 11Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Salford CityNo
Nov 11Hitchin Town 0-2 Solihull MotorsNo
Nov 11Guiseley 4-3 Cambridge UnitedNo
Nov 11Weston Super Mare 0-2 WrexhamNo
Nov 11Port Vale 1-2 SunderlandBT Sport 1
Nov 12Hampton & Richmond Borough 1-2 Oldham AthleticBT Sport 1

FA Cup first-round replays

Nov 20Cheltenham Town 2-0 Ebbsfleet UnitedNo
Nov 20Charlton Athletic 5-0 Mansfield TownNo
Nov 20Bradford City 1-1 Aldershot Town (4-1 pens.)No
Nov 20Doncaster Rovers 7-0 ChorleyNo
Nov 20Billericay Town 1-3 ChesterfieldNo
Nov 20Forest Green Rovers 0-3 Oxford UnitedNo
Nov 20Oxford City 0-2 Tranmere RoversBT Sport 1
Nov 20Slough Town vs Sutton United (8-7 pens.)No
Nov 20Halifax Town 1-0 MorecambeNo
Nov 20Crawley Town 2-6 Southend UnitedNo
Nov 21Salford City 1-3 Shrewsbury TownBT Sport 1
Nov 21Bristol Rovers 1-2 BarnetNo
Nov 21Hartlepool United 3-4 GillinghamNo

FA Cup TV channel & stream

FA Cup 2018
UK TV channelOnline stream
BBC / BT SportBBC 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.

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

US TV channelOnline 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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