2013–14 FA Cup qualifying rounds

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2013–14 FA Cup qualifying rounds
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The 2013–14 FA Cup qualifying rounds opened the 133rd season of competition in England for 'The Football Association Challenge Cup' (FA Cup), the world's oldest association football single knockout competition. A total of 737 clubs were accepted for the competition, down 21 from the previous season's 758.[1]

The large number of clubs entering the tournament from lower down (Levels 5 through 10) in the English football pyramid meant that the competition started with six rounds of preliminary (2) and qualifying (4) knockouts for these non-League teams. The 32 winning clubs from Fourth Round Qualifying progressed to the First Round Proper, where League teams tiered at Levels 3 and 4 entered the competition.

For the first time ever in the history of the FA Cup, a club from Guernsey entered the competition, Guernsey F.C..[2] This Level 8 club, from the Isthmian League, entered the competition in the Preliminary Round.

Calendar and prizes[edit]

The calendar for the 2013–14 FA Cup qualifying rounds, as announced by The Football Association.[3]

Round Main date Leagues entering at this round New entries this round Winners from previous round Number of fixtures Prize money[4]
Extra Preliminary Round 17 August 2013 Levels 9-10 370 none 185 £1,500
Preliminary Round 31 August 2013 Level 8 135 185 160 £1,925
First Qualifying Round 14 September 2013 Level 7 72 160 116 £3,000
Second Qualifying Round 28 September 2013 Conference North
Conference South
44 116 80 £4,500
Third Qualifying Round 12 October 2013 none none 80 40 £7,500
Fourth Qualifying Round 26 October 2013 Conference Premier 24 40 32 £12,500
For the next rounds look 2013–14 FA Cup

Extra Preliminary Round[edit]

Extra Preliminary Round fixtures were played on the weekend of 17 August 2013, with replays taking place on 20–22 August. 370 teams, from Level 9 and Level 10 of English football, entered at this stage of the competition. The round featured 89 teams from Level 10, being the lowest ranked teams in this round. The draw was as follows:[5]

†–After extra time

Preliminary round[edit]

Preliminary Round fixtures were played on the weekend of 31 August 2013. A total of 320 teams took part in this stage of the competition, including the 185 winners from the Extra Preliminary Round and 135 entering at this stage from the six leagues at Level 8 of English football, while Darlington 1883 from Northern Premier League were ineligible to participate as they only spent their second season. The round featured 34 teams from Level 10 still in the competition, being the lowest ranked teams in this round. The draw was as follows:[9]

†–After extra time

First Round Qualifying[edit]

The First Round Qualifying fixtures were played on the weekend of 14 September 2013, with replays being played the following mid-week. A total of 232 teams took part in this stage of the competition, including the 160 winners from the Preliminary Round and 72 entering at this stage from the top division of the three leagues at Level 7 of English football. The round featured 10 teams from Level 10 still in the competition, being the lowest ranked teams in this round. The draw was as follows:[10]

†–After extra time

Second Round Qualifying[edit]

The Second Round Qualifying fixtures were played on the weekend of 28 September 2013. A total of 160 teams took part in this stage of the competition, including the 116 winners from the First Round Qualifying and 44 Level 6 teams, from Conference North and Conference South, entering at this stage. The round featured three teams from Level 10 still in the competition, being the lowest ranked teams in this round.

Third Round Qualifying[edit]

The Third Round Qualifying took place on the weekend of 12 October 2013. A total of 80 teams took part, all having progressed from the Second Round Qualifying. Atherstone Town, from Level 10 of English football, was the lowest-ranked team to qualify for this round of the competition.

Fourth Round Qualifying[edit]

The Fourth Round Qualifying took place on the weekend of 26 October 2013. A total of 64 teams took part, 40 having progressed from the Third Round Qualifying and 24 teams from Conference Premier, forming Level 5 of English football, entering at this stage. The lowest-ranked sides to qualify for this round were Level 9 teams Brislington, Marske United and Hartley Wintney.

Competition proper[edit]

Winners from Fourth Round Qualifying advance to First Round Proper, where teams from Level 3 and Level 4 of English football, operating in The Football League, first enter the competition. See 2013-14 FA Cup for a report of First Round Proper onwards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of 737 Clubs Accepted". The Football Association. 5 July 2013.
  2. ^ "FA Cup: Guernsey FC confirmed in 2013–14 FA Cup draw". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  3. ^ "The FA Cup Round Dates, 2013–14". The Football Association. 5 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Emirates FA Cup prize fund". thefa.com. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Extra Preliminary Round". The Football Association. 5 July 2013.
  6. ^ http://www.thefa.com/TheFACup/More/~/media/B2285C3105B34C29A4BF1CB35782CD43.ashx
  7. ^ http://www.thefa.com/TheFACup/More/~/media/B2285C3105B34C29A4BF1CB35782CD43.ashx
  8. ^ http://www.thefa.com/TheFACup/More/~/media/B2285C3105B34C29A4BF1CB35782CD43.ashx
  9. ^ "Preliminary Round draw". The Football Association. 5 July 2013.
  10. ^ "First Round Qualifying draw". The Football Association. 5 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Rushall Olympic return to FA Cup after Gainsborough are thrown out". BBC Sport. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  12. ^ Pakey, John (10 October 2013). "Trinity boss says FA Cup appeal decision is 'laughable'". This Is Lincolnshire. Retrieved 12 October 2013.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "Sleaford & Huntingdon removed". The Football Association. 26 September 2013.

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