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FA Cup
FA Cup logo
Founded 1871
Region England.png England
Flag of Wales.gif Wales
Tournament information
Current champions Manchester United (2015-16)
Number of teams 737 (2015–16)
Most successful club Arsenal
Manchester United
(12 titles)
Football current event Current
Website Official website

The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is an annual knockout cup competition in English football and is the oldest association football competition in the world. The FA Cup is organised by and named after the Football Association, its current sponsored name is the FA Cup with Budweiser. A women's tournament is also held, known as the FA Women's Cup.

The FA Cup was first held in 1871–72. Entry is open to all teams who compete in the Premier League, the Football League and in Steps 1 to 5 of the FA National League System, as well as selected teams in Step 6. This means that clubs of all standards compete, from the largest clubs in England and Wales down to amateur village teams. The tournament has become known for the possibility for "minnows" from the lower divisions to become "giant-killers" by eliminating top clubs from the tournament and even theoretically winning the Cup, although lower division teams rarely progress beyond the early stages. The qualification rounds and a system of byes mean that the very smallest and very biggest teams almost never meet.

Manchester United are the current holders, having beaten Crystal Palace 2-1 after extra time in the 2016 final. With their 12th FA Cup title.

Records and statistics

Final

Team

Individual

All rounds

Sponsorship

Since the start of the 1994–95 season, the FA Cup has been sponsored. However, to protect the identity of the competition, the sponsored name has always included 'The FA Cup' in addition to the sponsor's name, unlike sponsorship deals for the League Cup where the word 'cup' is preceded by only the sponsor's name. Sponsorship deals run for four years, though – as in the case of E.ON – one-year extensions may be agreed. Emirates airline is the sponsor from 2015 to 2018, renaming the competition as 'The Emirates FA Cup', unlike previous editions, which included 'The FA Cup in association with E.ON' and 'The FA Cup with Budweiser'.

Period Sponsor Name
1871/72–1993/94 No main sponsor The FA Cup
1994/95–1997/98 England Littlewoods Pools The FA Cup sponsored by Littlewoods
1998/99–2001/02 Flag of France AXA The AXA-Sponsored FA Cup
2002/03–2005/06 No main sponsor The FA Cup
2006/07–2010/11 Germany E.ON The FA Cup sponsored by E.ON
2011/12–2013/14 Belgium Budweiser The FA Cup with Budweiser
2014/15–2017/18 Flag of the United Arab Emirates Emirates The Emirates FA Cup

From August 2006 to 2013, Umbro supplied match balls for all FA Cup matches. Since March 2013, Nike has supplied the official match ball.

External links

FA Cup
FA Cup seasons

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FA Cup finals

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Cups of Europe (UEFA)
Current

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Former cups

Czechoslovakia · East Germany · Serbia and Montenegro · USSR · Yugoslavia

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