Thursday, June 09, 2016

FA Cup Rounds To Start On August 6th

The FA have confirmed that the first preliminary round of the FA Cup will take place on Saturday August 6th.

This is earlier than usual and some clubs are concerned that their 'competitive season' will not have started by that date.

"A total of 736 teams will compete in the Emirates FA Cup next season, which is the maximum number of clubs that can compete in the competition under its current format," said a spokesman for the FA.

"The Cup retains its appeal and authenticity by offering clubs from football’s lower echelons the opportunity to play in the oldest and most prestigious cup competition in the world.

"Although we recognise the first weekend in August is an early start and may not be ideal for some, there was no other practical alternative for next season while the competition remains under its current format with the existing number of entries."