The English FA Cup is the world’s oldest club-cup competition, and it’s also the most well-known domestic cup competition there is. There’s an endless amount of domestic cup competitions around the world, but when someone mentions the FA Cup, this is what comes to mind first.
From the potential of former or current rivals facing off against one another to the memorable upsets that happen year to year, there’s plenty of reason to tune in to live FA Cup games.
FA Cup Past And Present
The first FA Cup was held in 1871-72, and the competition has grown from having 15 entrants in its first edition to having well over 700 for this season’s edition.
There are currently 14 rounds in the FA Cup, starting with a series of qualifying rounds that whittle the field down for the first round proper. Premier League teams enter the competition in the third round, and it’s no surprise that‘s when there‘s the most interest in watching live FA Cup games.
Starting in 1923, the FA Cup final was held at the old Wembley Stadium in London, and it was held from there until 2000, with the exception of the replay of the 1970 final between Chelsea and Leeds United. From 2001 to 2006, the final was held at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, and since then, it has been held at the new Wembley Stadium.
Arsenal won the competition twice in last two seasons and the Gunners have won the most FA Cup titles (12) and appeared in the most finals (19). Manchester United are second with 18 final appearances,where they have managed to win on 11 occasions. The reigning FA Cup champions are Arsenal, who beat Aston Villa 4-0 in last season’s final.