Applications open for clubs to enter the FA Cup, FA Trophy, FA Vase and FA Youth Cup

Friday 19 Mar 2021
Entry applications for the 2021-22 Emirates FA Cup and other competitions are now open

Our online Competitions application process for the 2021-22 season is now open, for clubs to enter the next campaign in the Emirates FA Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy,  Buildbase FA Vase and the FA Youth Cup.

Below, you can find the entry details for all four competitions...

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The Emirates FA Cup

Clubs to be automatically accepted subject to the ground fully conforming to the minimum standard:

• Clubs in the Premier League, English Football League and in Steps 1, 2, 3 & 4 of the FA National League System.
• Clubs must also be a participant in either the Buildbase FA Trophy or the FA Vase competitions in season 2021-22. (Not applicable for PL & EFL clubs)

A club participating at Step 5 or 6 of the FA National League System in season 2020-21, or that has applied for entry into Step 6 or higher of the FA NLS for season 2021-22, shall be permitted to apply for entry.

However, acceptance into the competition will be subject to availability of places, which cannot be guaranteed.

The Buildbase FA Trophy

• Entry is restricted to clubs participating in Steps 1-4 of the FA National League System, subject to the ground fully conforming to the minimum standard.

A club moving between Step 4 and 5 of the FA National League System will be moved accordingly by the FA between the FA Trophy and the FA Vase competitions.

The Buildbase FA Vase

Clubs to be automatically accepted subject to the ground fully conforming to the minimum standard:

• Clubs in Steps 5 & 6 of the FA National League System

A club participating below Step 6 of the FA National League System in season 2020-21 shall only be permitted to apply for entry if it has applied for promotion to Step 6 for season 2021-22. However, acceptance into the competition will be subject to such club receiving promotion to Step 6 for season 2021-22.

The FA Youth Cup

Clubs to be automatically accepted subject to the ground fully conforming to the minimum standard:

• Clubs participating in the Emirates FA Cup, the Buildbase FA Trophy or the Buildbase FA Vase in season 2021-22.
• Clubs participating in a recognised youth league or suitable competition in season 2021-22 that is sanctioned by the Association or an affiliated Association.
• Youth Teams representing a club must be properly integrated, in the opinion of the Association, with the club.

GROUND STANDARDS

The Emirates FA Cup

Clubs must have a ground where all home first team League matches are played, which fully conforms to a “G” grade of the FA National Ground Grading (appropriate to Step 6 of The FA National League System) or higher.

The Buildbase FA Vase

Clubs must have a ground where all home first-team League matches are played, which fully conforms to a “H” grade of the FA National Ground Grading (appropriate to entry to Step 6 of The FA National League System) or higher.

Any club with a ground which does not fully conform to the minimum ground standard, as referenced above, WILL NOT be permitted entry into a competition by nominating an alternative ground solely for the purpose of being used in FA competitions.

ONLINE APPLICATION

Submit your application online to apply for next season's Emirates FA Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy, Buildbase FA Vase and FA Youth Cup.

The closing date for applications is Friday 16 April 2021

See entry terms & conditions for FA Competitions for season 2021-22.
See entry criteria & ground standards for FA Competitions for season 2020-21. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

If any further information is required on applying to enter FA Competitions, please contact competition.entries@TheFA.com or call on 0800 169 1863 ext 4583 / 4617 / 4622

By FA Staff