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2015–16 FA Cup

2015–16 FA Cup
Football Association Challenge Cup
Country  England
Dates 15 August 2015 – 21 May 2016
Teams 736

The 2015–16 FA Cup (also known as the FA Challenge Cup) will be the 135th edition of the oldest recognised football tournament in the world. It will be sponsored by Emirates, and will be known as the Emirates FA Cup for sponsorship purposes.[1] It began with the Extra Preliminary Round on 15 August 2015, and conclude with the final on 21 May 2016.[2]

The defending champions are Premier League side Arsenal, after they beat Aston Villa 4–0 in the previous final on 30 May 2015.[3]


  • Teams 1
  • Prize fund 2
  • Qualifying rounds 3
  • First Round Proper 4
  • Final 5
  • Broadcasting rights 6
  • References 7


Round Clubs
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering at this round
First round proper 124 80 32 48 Football League One
Football League Two
Second round proper 84 40 40 none none
Third round proper 64 64 20 44 Premier League
Football League Championship
Fourth round proper 32 32 32 none none
Fifth Round proper 16 16 16 none none
Sixth Round proper 8 8 8 none none
Semi-Finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none

Prize fund

Round No. of Clubs
receive fund
Prize fund
per club[4]
Extra Preliminary Round winners 184 £1,500
Preliminary Round winners 160 £1,925
First Round Qualifying winners 116 £3,000
Second Round Qualifying winners 80 £4,500
Third Round Qualifying winners 40 £7,500
Fourth Round Qualifying winners 32 £12,500
First Round winners 40 £18,000
Second Round winners 20 £27,000
Third Round winners 32 £67,500
Fourth Round winners 16 £90,000
Fifth Round winners 8 £180,000
Sixth Round winners 4 £360,000
Semi-Final losers 2 £450,000
Semi-Final winners 2 £900,000
Final runners-up 1 £900,000
Final winner 1 £1,800,000
Total £15,132,000

Qualifying rounds

The qualifying competition began with the extra preliminary round on 15 August 2015.[2] All of the competing teams that are not members of either the Premier League or the Football League have to compete in the qualifying rounds to win a place in the first round proper. The final (fourth) qualifying round began on the weekend of 24 October.[2]

First Round Proper

The First Round draw took place on 26 October at 7pm at the club house of the FA Charter Standard Community Club Thackley Juniors F.C. based in Thackley in West Yorkshire, and was broadcast live on BBC Two and BBC Radio 5 Live.[5] The first round proper is to be played on the weekend of 7 November.[2] 32 teams from the qualifying competition are to join the 48 teams from League One and League Two to compete.


The final is scheduled for Wembley Stadium on 21 May 2016.[2]

Broadcasting rights

The domestic broadcasting rights for the competition are held by the BBC and subscription channel BT Sport. The BBC has held the rights since 2014–15, while BT Sport bought ESPN's remaining FA Cup rights in February 2013.[6] The FA Cup Final must be broadcast live on UK terrestrial television under the Ofcom code of protected sporting events.[7]

These matches will be broadcast live on UK television:

Round BT Sport BBC
Fourth Round Qualifying[8] Margate v Forest Green Rovers
First Round Proper[9] Didcot Town v Exeter City
FC United of Manchester v Chesterfield
Salford City v Notts County


  1. ^ "FA Cup get first title sponsor following deal with Emirates Airline". BBC Sport. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "The 2015–16 fixture list has been released by The FA".  
  3. ^ "Arsenal 4 Aston Villa 0". BBC. 30 May 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "The FA Cup Prize Fund". The FA. 
  5. ^ "Emirates FA Cup first round draw live on BBC Two on Monday". The FA. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "BT buys ESPN's UK and Ireland TV channels". Daily Telegraph. 25 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Code on Sports and Other Listed and Designated Events" (PDF).  
  8. ^ "Emirates FA Cup fourth round qualifying tie live on BT Sport".  
  9. ^ "Fa Cup First Round Proper TV Ties Announuced".  
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