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The FA Cup, officially called The Football Association Challenge Cup, is an English football competition that has been held annually since 1871, making it the oldest national football competition in the world. Organised by The Football Association, the knock-out competition consists of 12 randomly drawn rounds followed by the semi-finals and the final and it is open to any club down to Level 10 of the English football league system. The inclusivity of the FA Cup had led to it being one of the most famous and exciting sports competitions to follow, and Zenseats is able to offer a selection of seating and hospitality options for every game of the tournament.
It was in 1863, when the newly founded Football Association (FA) published the Law of the game of Association Football, that organised football as we know it today was first born. In 1871 it was then proposed that a competition should be established in which all Association football teams should be able to compete for a Challenge Cup. Later that year, the inaugural FA Cup tournament commenced, with Wanderers FC being crowned the winners after a total of 13 games.
Since 1923, the FA Cup final has been played at Wembley Stadium every year, apart from between 2001 and 2006 when it was moved to Millenium Stadium in Cardiff due to the redevelopment of Wembley. All clubs in the top four levels of English football are automatically eligible for the competition and clubs in the next six levels are eligible if they have played in either the FA Cup, FA Trophy or FA Vase competitions in the previous season. The number of teams to enter the FA Cup has grown considerably in recent years, and hit a record of 763 in 2011-2012.
Each year, the FA Cup kicks off in August with six qualifying rounds and is scheduled so that clubs above Level 9 and 10 enter the competition at later stages. The following six rounds are the “proper” rounds and at this stage all the clubs are in one draw, concluding in a final held in May. The winner of the FA Cup receives a trophy and automatically qualifies for the following season’s UEFA Europa League and FA Community Shield.
FA CUP Winners
One time winners also include:Huddersfield Town, Leicester City, Oxford University, Royal Engineers, Derby County, Leeds United, Southampton, Burnley, Cardiff City, Blackpool, Clapham Rovers, Notts County, Barnsley, Charlton Athletic, Old Carthusians, Blackburn Olympic, Bradford City, Ipswich Town, Coventry City, Wimbledon, Wigan Athletic