2018–19 FA Cup qualifying rounds

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2018–19 FA Cup qualifying rounds
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The 2018–19 FA Cup qualifying rounds open the 138th season of competition in England for The Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup), the world's oldest association football single knockout competition. A total of 736 teams were accepted for the competition, a decrease of 1 from the previous year's 737. [1]

The large number of clubs (644) entering the tournament from lower down (Levels 5 to 10) in the English football pyramid required the competition to start with six rounds of preliminary (2) and qualifying (4) knockouts for these non-League teams. The 32 winning teams from the Fourth Qualifying Round progressed to the First Round Proper, where League teams tiered at Levels 3 and 4 entered the competition.

Calendar[edit]

The calendar for the 2018–19 FA Cup qualifying rounds, as announced by The Football Association. [2][3]

Round Main Date Number of Fixtures Clubs Remaining New Entries This Round Losing Club Winning Club
Extra Preliminary Round 11 August 2018 184 736 → 552 368: 369th–736th £ 750 £ 2,250
Preliminary Round 25 August 2018 160 552 → 392 136: 233rd–368th £ 960 £ 2,890
First Qualifying Round 8 September 2018 116 392 → 276 72: 161st–232nd £ 6,000
Second Qualifying Round 22 September 2018 80 276 → 196 44: 117th–160th £ 9,000
Third Qualifying Round 6 October 2018 40 196 → 156 0 £ 15,000
Fourth Qualifying Round 20 October 2018 32 156 → 124 24: 93rd–116th £ 25,000

Extra Preliminary Round[edit]

Extra Preliminary Round fixtures were played on Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 2018; replays were to take place no later than Thursday 16 August 2018. The draw was held on Friday 6 July 2018. A total of 368 teams, from Level 8, Level 9 and Level 10 of English football, entered at this stage of the competition. The round included 80 teams from Level 10 of English football, the lowest ranked clubs to compete in the tournament. The results were as follows:

Preliminary Round[edit]

Preliminary Round fixtures were played on Friday 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26 and Monday 27 August 2018; replays were to take place no later than Thursday 6 September 2018. The draw was held on 6 July 2018. A total of 320 teams took part in this stage of the competition, including the 184 winners from the Extra Preliminary Round and 136 entering at this stage from Level 7 and Level 8 of English football. The round will include 32 teams from Level 10, the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition. The draw was as follows:

First Qualifying Round[edit]

First Qualifying Round fixtures are to be played on Saturday 8 September 2018; replays will take place no later than Thursday 13 September 2018. The draw was held on 28 August 2018. A total of 232 teams will take part in this stage of the competition, including the 160 winners from the Preliminary Round and 72 entering at this stage from the four leagues at Level 7 of English football. The round includes as many as 11 teams from Level 10, the lowest-ranked teams still in the competition. The draw is as follows:

Competition proper[edit]

Winners from the Fourth Qualifying Round advance to the First Round Proper, where teams from League One (Level 3) and League Two (Level 4) of English football, operating in the English Football League, enter the competition.

Broadcasting rights[edit]

The Qualifying Rounds aren't covered by the FA Cup's broadcasting contracts held by BBC Sport and BT Sport, although one game per round will be broadcast by the BBC on its media platforms.

The following Qualifying Rounds matches were broadcast live in the UK:

Round Tie Broadcaster
Extra Preliminary Round[4] Haverhill Rovers (9) vs Haverhill Borough (10) BBC Sport
Preliminary Round[5] Prestwich Heys (10) vs Radcliffe (8)
First Qualifying Round Maltby Main (9) vs Frickley Athletic (8)
Second Qualifying Round
Third Qualifying Round
Fourth Qualifying Round

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