The England – FA Cup, known officially as The Football Association Challenge Cup. It is an annual knockout football competition in men’s domestic English football. First played during the 1871–72 season, it is the oldest national football competition in the world. The Football Association organized it. Since 2015, England – FA Cup has been known as The Emirates FA Cup after its headline sponsor. A concurrent women’s tournament is also held in the FA Women’s Cup.
The competition is open to any eligible club down to Level 10 of the English football league system – all 92 professional clubs in the Premier League (level 1) and the English Football League (levels 2 to 4), and several hundred non-League teams in steps 1 to 6 of the National League System (levels 5 to 10). A record of 763 clubs competed in 2011–12. The tournament consists of 12 randomly drawn rounds followed by the semi-finals and the final.