The Emirates FA Cup schedule for the 2020-21 season has been confirmed, with the competition due to start on Tuesday 1 September and the Final taking place on Saturday 15 May 2021.
In order to assist in easing pressure on the football schedule, there will be no replays for the 2020-21 season.
After two seasons of record levels of prize funds, the Emirates FA Cup prize fund has returned back in line with 2017-18 levels due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information relating to The Buildbase FA Trophy, The Buildbase FA Vase and The FA Youth Cup, including a list of accepted clubs, round dates and prize fund has also been announced here.
The schedule for the 2020-21 season is as follows:
- Extra preliminary round: Tuesday 1 September 2020
- Preliminary round: Saturday 12 September 2020
- First round qualifying: Tuesday 22 September 2020
- Second round qualifying: Saturday 3 October 2020
- Third round qualifying: Tuesday 13 October 2020
- Fourth round qualifying: Saturday 24 October 2020
- First round proper: Saturday 7 November 2020
- Second round proper: Saturday 28 November 2020
- Third round proper: Saturday 9 January 2021
- Fourth round proper: Saturday 23 January 2021
- Fifth round proper: Wednesday 10 February 2021
- Quarter-finals: Saturday 20 March 2021
- Semi-finals: Saturday 17 April 2021
- The Final: Saturday 15 May 2021