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

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 .

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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.

May 15Chelsea 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.

Apr 17Leicester 1-0 SouthamptonBBC One
Apr 18Chelsea 1-0 Manchester CityBT 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.

Mar 20Bournemouth 0-3 Southampton BT Sport 1
Mar 20Everton 0-2 Manchester City BT Sport 1
Mar 21Chelsea  2-0 Sheffield UnitedBBC One
Mar 21Leicester City vs Manchester UnitedBBC 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.

Feb 9Burnley 0-2 Bournemouth BT Sport 1
Feb 9Manchester United 1-0 West Ham (AET)BBC One
Feb 10Swansea City 1-3 Manchester City BT Sport 1
Feb 10Leicester City 1-0 BrightonBT Sport 2
Feb 10Sheffield United 1-0 Bristol CityBBC iPlayer
Feb 10Everton 5-4 Tottenham (AET)BT Sport 1
Feb 11Wolves 0-2 Southampton BT Sport 1
Feb 11Barnsley 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.

Jan 22Chorley 0-1 Wolves BT Sport 1
Jan 23Southampton 1-0 ArsenalBT Sport 1
Jan 23Brighton 2-1 BlackpoolBT Sport
Jan 23Swansea City 5-1 Nottingham ForestBT Sport
Jan 23Millwall 0-3 Bristol City BT Sport
Jan 23West Ham 4-0 Doncaster RoversBBC Sport
Jan 23Barnsley 1-0 Norwich CityBT Sport
Jan 23Sheffield United 2-1 Plymouth ArgyleBBC Sport
Jan 23Cheltenham Town 1-3 Manchester City BBC One
Jan 24Chelsea 3-1 Luton TownBBC One
Jan 24Brentford 1-3 Leicester City BT Sport 1
Jan 24Fulham 0-3  Burnley BT Sport
Jan 24Manchester United 3-2 LiverpoolBBC One
Jan 24Everton 3-0 Sheffield WednesdayBT Sport 1
Jan 25Wycombe Wanderers 1-4 Tottenham BT Sport 1
Jan 26Bournemouth 2-1 Crawley TownBT 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.

Jan 8Aston Villa 1-4 Liverpool BT Sport
Jan 8Wolves 1-0 Crystal PalaceBT Sport
Jan 9Everton 2-1 Rotherham UnitedBT Sport
Jan 9Nottingham Forest 1-0 Cardiff CityBT Sport
Jan 9Boreham Wood 0-2 Millwall BT Sport
Jan 9Luton Town 1-0 ReadingBT Sport
Jan 9Norwich City 2-0 Coventry CityBT Sport
Jan 9Chorley 2-0 Derby CountyBT Sport
Jan 9Oldham Athletic 1-4 Bournemouth BT Sport
Jan 9Stevenage 0-2 Swansea City BBC
Jan 9Bristol Rovers 2-3 Sheffield United BT Sport
Jan 9Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Doncaster Rovers FA Player
Jan 9Stoke City 0-4 Leicester City BBC
Jan 9Wycombe Wanderers 4-1 Preston North EndFA Player
Jan 9Burnley 1-1 MK Dons (AET Burnley won 4-3 on penalties)FA Player
Jan 9QPR 0-2 Fulham BBC
Jan 9Exeter City 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday BT Sport
Jan 9Blackpool 2-2 West Brom (AET - Blackpool won 3-2 on penalties)BT Sport
Jan 9Arsenal 2-0 NewcastleBBC One
Jan 9Huddersfield Town 2-3 Plymouth Argyle FA Player
Jan 9Brentford 2-1 MiddlesbroughFA Player
Jan 9Manchester United 1-0 WatfordBT Sport
Jan 10Barnsley 2-0 Tranmere RoversFA Player
Jan 10Crawley Town 3-0 Leeds UnitedBBC One
Jan 10Bristol City 2-1 PortsmouthFA Player
Jan 10Manchester City 3-0 Birmingham CityBBC
Jan 10Chelsea 4-0 MorecambeBBC
Jan 10Cheltenham Town 2-1 Mansfield Town (AET)FA Player
Jan 10Marine 0-5 Tottenham BBC One
Jan 10Newport County 1-1 Brighton (AET - Brighton won 4-3 on penalties)BT Sport
Jan 11Stockport County 0-1 West Ham BT Sport
Jan 19Southampton 2-0 Shrewsbury TownBT Sport

FA Cup 2020-21 second round

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Mikel Arteta Arsenal FA Cup 2019-20Getty

FA Cup 2020-21 TV channel & online stream

UK TV channelOnline stream
BBC / BT SportBBC 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.

US TV channelOnline 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.