FA Cup 2020-21: Draw, fixtures, results and guide to each round

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The FA Cup in England is the oldest football competition in the world and this season, despite coronavirus pandemic-related issues, it returned for the 140th season.

Teams from the lowest level of the English football pyramid right up to the Premier League competed in the tournament and this year it will see a total of 736 teams take part.

Winner-takes-all knockout games mean there is always a chance of a 'giant killing' and there have been plenty of those moments over the years, contributing to the magic of the cup .

This season there will be no replays in order to ease the burden of fixture congestion. That decision was confirmed by the Football Association in August prior to the tournament kick-off.

Goal brings you everything you need to know about the 2020-21 edition of the FA Cup, where Leicester defeated Chelsea to lift their first FA Cup trophy in their club history.

FA Cup 2020-21 final

The FA Cup final was played on Saturday May 15, 2021, with Chelsea facing Leicester City in the decider.

Youri Tielemans scored the winning goal in the second half, with Chelsea's potential equaliser scored by Ben Chilwell ruled out after VAR deemed it offside.

Date Match TV
May 15 Chelsea 0-1 Leicester BBC One

FA Cup 2020-21 semi-finals

The FA Cup semi-final draw was held on March 21, 2021 during the half-time interval of the quarter-final of Manchester United versus Leicester City.

Chelsea claimed victory over Manchester City with a Hakim Ziyech winner, while Leicester City defeated Southampton.

Date Match TV
Apr 17 Leicester 1-0 Southampton BBC One
Apr 18 Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City BT Sport 1

FA Cup 2020-21 quarter-finals

The FA Cup quarter-finals took place over the weekend of March 20-21.  The draw for the quarter-finals was made on February 11.

Southampton defeated south-coast rivals Bournemouth to book their place in the last four, while Manchester City overcame Everton at Goodison Park.

Chelsea defeated Sheffield United, inflicting further misery on the embattled Yorkshire club.

Date Match TV?
Mar 20 Bournemouth 0-3 Southampton BT Sport 1
Mar 20 Everton 0-2 Manchester City BT Sport 1
Mar 21 Chelsea  2-0 Sheffield United BBC One
Mar 21 Leicester City vs Manchester United BBC One

FA Cup 2020-21 fifth round

FA Cup fifth-round matches were played midweek, in the week beginning February 8.

The draw for the fifth round took place on Monday January 11 at the same time as the fourth-round draw.

Date Match TV?
Feb 9 Burnley 0-2 Bournemouth BT Sport 1
Feb 9 Manchester United 1-0 West Ham (AET) BBC One
Feb 10 Swansea City 1-3 Manchester City BT Sport 1
Feb 10 Leicester City 1-0 Brighton BT Sport 2
Feb 10 Sheffield United 1-0 Bristol City BBC iPlayer
Feb 10 Everton 5-4 Tottenham (AET) BT Sport 1
Feb 11 Wolves 0-2 Southampton BT Sport 1
Feb 11 Barnsley 0-1 Chelsea BBC One

FA Cup 2020-21 fourth round

The FA Cup fourth round was played over the weekend of January 22-24, 2021.

The draw for the fourth round took place on Monday January 11. Thirty-two teams featured in the draw, with 16 ties to be played.

The standout tie saw Manchester United take on rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Date Match TV?
Jan 22 Chorley 0-1 Wolves BT Sport 1
Jan 23 Southampton 1-0 Arsenal BT Sport 1
Jan 23 Brighton 2-1 Blackpool BT Sport
Jan 23 Swansea City 5-1 Nottingham Forest BT Sport
Jan 23 Millwall 0-3 Bristol City BT Sport
Jan 23 West Ham 4-0 Doncaster Rovers BBC Sport
Jan 23 Barnsley 1-0 Norwich City BT Sport
Jan 23 Sheffield United 2-1 Plymouth Argyle BBC Sport
Jan 23 Cheltenham Town 1-3 Manchester City BBC One
Jan 24 Chelsea 3-1 Luton Town BBC One
Jan 24 Brentford 1-3 Leicester City BT Sport 1
Jan 24 Fulham 0-3  Burnley BT Sport
Jan 24 Manchester United 3-2 Liverpool BBC One
Jan 24 Everton 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday BT Sport 1
Jan 25 Wycombe Wanderers 1-4 Tottenham BT Sport 1
Jan 26 Bournemouth 2-1 Crawley Town BT Sport

FA Cup 2020-21 third round

The FA Cup 2020-21 third round was held across the weekend of January 9-11, 2021.

Twenty Premier League teams and 24 Championship teams entered the competition at this point, joining the 20 winners from the second round.

A total of 32 fixtures were played in the third round, including eighth-tier Merseyside club Marine taking on Premier League high-fliers Tottenham.

Southampton's clash with Shrewsbury Town was postponed after a number of positive Covid-19 tests among the League One outfit's players and staff.

Date Match TV?
Jan 8 Aston Villa 1-4 Liverpool BT Sport
Jan 8 Wolves 1-0 Crystal Palace BT Sport
Jan 9 Everton 2-1 Rotherham United BT Sport
Jan 9 Nottingham Forest 1-0 Cardiff City BT Sport
Jan 9 Boreham Wood 0-2 Millwall BT Sport
Jan 9 Luton Town 1-0 Reading BT Sport
Jan 9 Norwich City 2-0 Coventry City BT Sport
Jan 9 Chorley 2-0 Derby County BT Sport
Jan 9 Oldham Athletic 1-4 Bournemouth BT Sport
Jan 9 Stevenage 0-2 Swansea City BBC
Jan 9 Bristol Rovers 2-3 Sheffield United BT Sport
Jan 9 Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Doncaster Rovers FA Player
Jan 9 Stoke City 0-4 Leicester City BBC
Jan 9 Wycombe Wanderers 4-1 Preston North End FA Player
Jan 9 Burnley 1-1 MK Dons (AET Burnley won 4-3 on penalties) FA Player
Jan 9 QPR 0-2 Fulham BBC
Jan 9 Exeter City 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday BT Sport
Jan 9 Blackpool 2-2 West Brom (AET - Blackpool won 3-2 on penalties) BT Sport
Jan 9 Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle BBC One
Jan 9 Huddersfield Town 2-3 Plymouth Argyle FA Player
Jan 9 Brentford 2-1 Middlesbrough FA Player
Jan 9 Manchester United 1-0 Watford BT Sport
Jan 10 Barnsley 2-0 Tranmere Rovers FA Player
Jan 10 Crawley Town 3-0 Leeds United BBC One
Jan 10 Bristol City 2-1 Portsmouth FA Player
Jan 10 Manchester City 3-0 Birmingham City BBC
Jan 10 Chelsea 4-0 Morecambe BBC
Jan 10 Cheltenham Town 2-1 Mansfield Town (AET) FA Player
Jan 10 Marine 0-5 Tottenham BBC One
Jan 10 Newport County 1-1 Brighton (AET - Brighton won 4-3 on penalties) BT Sport
Jan 11 Stockport County 0-1 West Ham BT Sport
Jan 19 Southampton 2-0 Shrewsbury Town BT Sport

FA Cup 2020-21 second round

The FA Cup 2020-21 second-round proper was held across the weekend of November 27-30. 

Date Match TV?
Nov 27 Tranmere Rovers 1-0 Brackley Town BBC Two
Nov 28 Morecambe 4-2 Solihull Moors (AET) BBC & BT Sport digital
Nov 28 Newport County 3-0 Salford City No
Nov 28 Gillingham 2-3 Exeter City No
Nov 28 Harrogate Town 0-4 Blackpool No
Nov 28 Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Lincoln City No
Nov 28 Portsmouth 6-1 King's Lynn Town BBC & BT Sport digital
Nov 28 Cheltenham Town 2-1 Crewe Alexandra (AET) BBC digital
Nov 28 Bradford City 1-2 Oldham Athletic BBC digital
Nov 28 Peterborough United 1-2 Chorley BT Sport 2
Nov 29 Stevenage 1-1 Hull City (AET - Stevenage won 6-5 on penalties) BBC digital
Nov 29 Wimbledon 1-2 Crawley Town BBC digital
Nov 29 Stockport County 3-2 Yeovil Town (AET) BBC digital
Nov 29 Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Oxford City (AET) BBC & BT Sport digital
Nov 29 Mansfield Town 2-1 Dagenham & Redbridge BBC digital
Nov 29 Carlisle United 1-2 Doncaster Rovers BBC digital
Nov 29 Barnet 0-1 MK Dons BBC digital
Nov 29 Bristol Rovers 6-0 Darlington BBC & BT Sport digital
Nov 29 Marine 1-0 Havant & Waterlooville BT Sport 1
Nov 30 Canvey Island 0-3  Boreham Wood BT Sport 1

FA Cup 2020-21 first round

The first round proper of FA Cup 2020-21 kicked off on November 6, with games also being played on November 7, 8 and 9.

A total of 48 clubs from League One and League Two enter at this phase of the competition as they join the 31 winners of the previous round (along with the bye recipients - on this occasion, Chorley Town).

Date Match TV?
Nov 6 Harrogate Town 4-0 Skelmersdale United BT Sport 1
Nov 7 Tonbridge Angels 0-7 Bradford City BBC & BT Sport digital
Nov 7 Exeter City 2-1 Fylde No
Nov 7 Leyton Orient 1-2 Newport County No
Nov 7 Sunderland 0-1 Mansfield Town No
Nov 7 Bolton Wanderers 2-3 Crewe Alexandra No
Nov 7 Oxford United 1-2 Peterborough United No
Nov 7 Walsall 1-2 Bristol Rovers No
Nov 7 Rochdale 1-2 Stockport County No
Nov 7 Swindon Town 1-2 Darlington No
Nov 7 Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Accrington Stanley No
Nov 7 Bromley 0-1 Yeovil Town (AET) No
Nov 7 Cheltenham Town 3-1 South Shields No
Nov 7 Stevenage 2-2 Concord Rangers (AET - Stevenage win 5-4 on penalties) No
Nov 7 Gillingham 3-2 Woking No
Nov 7 Charlton Athletic 0-1 Plymouth Argyle No
Nov 7 Salford City 2-0 Hartlepool United (AET) No
Nov 7 Hull City 2-0 Fleetwood Town No
Nov 7 Colchester United 1-1 Marine (AET - Marine win 5-3 on penalties) BBC iPlayer / BBC digital
Nov 7 Dagenham & Redbridge 3-1 Grimsby Town No
Nov 7 Cambridge United 0-2 Shrewsbury Town No
Nov 7 Brackley Town 3-3 Bishop's Stortford (AET - Brackley win 3-2 on penalties) No
Nov 7 Boreham Wood 3-3 Southend United (AET - Boreham Wood win 4-3 on penalties) No
Nov 7 Ipswich Town 2-3 Portsmouth (AET) BBC & BT Sport digital
Nov 7 Port Vale 0-1 King's Lynn Town No
Nov 7 Lincoln City 6-2 Forest Green Rovers No
Nov 7 Banbury United 1-2 Canvey Island BBC iPlayer / BBC digital
Nov 7 FC United of Manchester 1-5 Doncaster Rovers BBC Two
Nov 8 Scunthorpe United 2-3 Solihull Moors No
Nov 8 Havant & Waterlooville 1-0 Cray Valley BBC iPlayer / BBC digital
Nov 8 Barnet 1-0 Burton Albion BBC iPlayer / BBC digital
Nov 8 Wigan Athletic 2-3 Chorley BBC iPlayer / BBC digital
Nov 8 Maldon & Tiptree 0-1 Morecambe BBC / BT Sport digital
Nov 8 Torquay United 5-6 Crawley Town BBC iPlayer / BBC digital
Nov 8 Hayes & Yeading United 2-2 Carlisle United  (AET - Carlisle win 4-3 on penalties) BBC iPlayer / BBC digital
Nov 8 Eastleigh 0-0 MK Dons  (AET - MK Dons win 4-3 on penalties) BBC iPlayer / BBC digital
Nov 8 Hampton & Richmond Borough 2-3 Oldham Athletic BBC / BT Sport digital
Nov 8 Eastbourne Borough 0-3 Blackpool BT Sport 1
Nov 9 Oxford City 2-1 Northampton Town BT Sport 1
Nov 26 Barrow 0-0 Wimbledon (AET - Wimbledon win 4-2 on penalties) No

When did the FA Cup 2020-21 start & when is the final?

Date Round
August 31 - November 4, 2020 Qualifying rounds
November 6, 2020 First round
November 27, 2020 Second round
January 9, 2021 Third round
January 23, 2021 Fourth round
February 10, 2021 Fifth round
March 20, 2021 Quarter-finals
April 17, 2021 Semi-finals
May 15, 2021 Final

The first round proper of the 2020-21 FA Cup kicked off on November 6, 2020, with 47 clubs from League One and League Two entering at that stage.

Those clubs joined the 32 winners from the qualifying stages of the competition, which got underway at the end of August and concluded on November 4.

Premier League and Championship clubs enter the competition at the third round.

The FA Cup 2020-21 final is scheduled for Saturday May 15, 2021. It will be held at the traditional venue of Wembley in London.

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FA Cup 2020-21 TV channel & online stream

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

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

Both networks air the final and 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, while a number will be exclusively online.

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US TV channel Online stream

In the United States, the rights to the FA Cup are owned by ESPN and the games are exclusively streamed online via ESPN+

That means the games are not strictly being shown live on television in the US.