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The 2017–18 FA Cup was the 129th season of the world's oldest association football knockout competition; The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. As in the previous year, 762 clubs were accepted for the competition.

The competition commenced on 12 August 2017 with the Extra Preliminary Round and concluded on 12 May 2018 with the Final, held at Wembley Stadium. The final was contested by 2017 winners Manchester United and 2013 winners Liverpool. Originally, the winners were to qualify for the play-off round of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League. However, as Manchester United won the 2017–18 Premier League and the League Cup (and did not need the FA Cup winners' berth), and Liverpool qualified for the UEFA Champions League through their fourth-place finish, the berth was given to Manchester City, the seventh-placed team in the Premier League. Manchester United won 3-0 in the final to retain the trophy.

TeamsEdit

Round Clubs
remaining
Clubs
involved
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering at this round
Extra Preliminary Round 762 406 none 406 Levels 9 and 10 in football league pyramid
Preliminary Round 559 334 203 131 Northern Premier League Division One North
Northern Premier League Division One South
Southern Football League Division One Midlands
Southern Football League Division One South & West
Isthmian League Division One North
Isthmian League Division One South
First Round Qualifying 392 232 167 65 Northern Premier League Premier Division
Southern Football League Premier Division
Isthmian League Premier Division
Second Round Qualifying 276 160 116 44 Conference North
Conference South
Third Round Qualifying 196 80 80 none none
Fourth Round Qualifying 156 64 40 24 Conference National
First round proper 124 80 32 48 Football League One
Football League Two
Second round proper 84 40 40 none none
Third round proper 64 64 20 44 Premier League
Football League Championship
Fourth round proper 32 32 32 none none
Fifth round proper 16 16 16 none none
Sixth round proper 8 8 8 none none
Semi-Finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none

First Round ProperEdit

Teams from Leagues One and Two entered at this stage, along with the winners from the Fourth Round Qualifying. The draw was made on 22 October 2017 with ties played in the week beginning 3 November 2017.

Metropolitan Police of the Isthmian League Division One South (eighth tier) were the lowest ranked team left in the competition at this stage, and they made it through to the second round thanks to a shock 2–1 win away to League One side Exeter City.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Exeter City 1–2 Metropolitan Police 8,304
2 Burnley 3–0 York City 21,366
3 Luton Town 0–2 Harlepool United 10,000
4 Gateshead 0–0 Swansea City 1,150
replay Swansea City 2–2 Gateshead 19,867
Swansea City won 3–2 on penalties
5 Halesowen Town 0–7 Nottingham Forest 4,809
6 Kidderminster Harriers 4–4 Kettering Town 5,789
replay Kettering Town 4–3 Kidderminster Harriers 5,849
7 Boston United 2–1 Rochdale 6,552
8 Histon 0–5 Preston North End 2,767
9 Doncaster Rovers 0–1 Lincoln City 13,445
10 Crawley Town 2–1 Brentford 3,331
11 Bradford City 3–2 Leyton Orient 24,357
12 Bath City 1–0 Salisbury City 7,890
13 Swindon Town 0–3 Millwall 14,220
14 Burton Albion 4–1 Wrexham 4,878
15 Stevenage 3–2 Oxford United 6,898
16 Wycombe Wanderers 3–0 FC United of Manchester 9,932
17 Peterborough United 3–2 Hull City 10,654
18 Bristol City 4–2 Bristol Rovers 21,378
19 Swindon Supermarine 0–4 Bury 2,895
Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
20 Stafford Rangers 2–1 Forest Green Rovers 2,901
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 3–2 Rushden & Diamonds 5,876
22 Macclesfield Town 1–2 AFC Wimbledon 5,582
23 Barrow 0–3 Morecambe 4,867
24 Port Vale 5–4 Darlington 18,556
25 Accrington Stanley 2–1 Vauxhall Motors 4,886
26 Notts County 3–1 Stalybridge Celtic 16,558
27 Ebbsfleet United 0–3 Grimsby Town 4,899
28 Lewes 0–1 Altrincham 1,934
29 Fleetwood Town 0–1 Blyth Spartans 3,554
30 Dover Athletic 3–0 Southport 6,228
31 Gloucester City 3–4 Stockport County 6,128
32 Huddersfield Town 1–2 Yeovil Town 21,883
33 Colchester United 4–3 Tranmere Rovers 9,556
34 Wallsall 3–2 Milton Keynes Dons 9,222
35 Crewe Alexandra 4–2 Torquay United 9,876
36 Northampton Town 3–2 Aldershot Town 7,497
37 Barnet 3–1 Cheltenham Town 6,182
38 Chesterfield 6–3 Gillingham 9,652
39 Hereford United 1–4 Rotherham United 4,882
40 Shrewsbury Town 4–1 Southend United 9,432

Second Round ProperEdit

Matches in the Second Round Proper took place on 25 and 26 November 2017 and involved the 40 winning teams from the First Round Proper.

For the second round in succession, the lowest ranked team left in the competition was Metropolitan Police of the Isthmian League Division One South (eighth tier). They held League One giants Burnley to a 1–1 draw at Turf Moor, but were unable to repeat their heroics of winning at Exeter City in the First Round in the replay, losing 4–0 at home to the Clarets.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 AFC Wimbledon 1–1 Millwall 4,631
replay Millwall 2–3† AFC Wimbledon 19,876
2 Hartlepool United 2–1 Lincoln City 7,288
3 Bradford City 4–2 Burton Albion 22,388
4 Burnley 1–1 Metropolitan Police 20,519
replay Metroplitan Police 0–4 Burnley 2,859
5 Boston United 5–3 Dagenham & Redbridge 5,231
6 Preston North End 7–0 Morecambe 14,723
7 Crewe Alexandra 5–1 Walsall 7,511
8 Grimbsy Town 0–2 Altrincham 8,766
9 Swansea City 2–2 Rotherham United 15,652
replay Rotherham United 3–4 Swansea City 10,501
Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
10 Nottingham Forest 3–2 Notts County 30,234
11 Shrewsbury Town 4–1 Stockport County 8,224
12 Yeovil Town 1–3 Northampton Town 8,428
13 Accrington Stanley 4–2 Chesterfield 4,338
14 Colchester United 4–0 Blyth Spartans 9,876
15 Kettering Town 6–4 Crawley Town 6,082
16 Bath City 1–6 Stevenage 8,795
17 Peterborough United 4–2 Wycombe Wanderers 10,089
18 Bristol City 3–0 Bury 14,327
19 Stafford Rangers 1–0 Port Vale 2,589
20 Dover Athletic 0–2 Barnet 5,882

† – After extra time

Third Round ProperEdit

The draw for the Third Round took place on Sunday 26 November 2017 at Wembley Stadium. Premier League and Football League Championship teams entered at this stage, joining the winners from the Second Round and completing the entrants. The majority of fixtures took place on 30 December and 31 December 2017, with snow postponing several matches until mid-January.

Boston United and Stafford Rangers, both from the Conference North (6th tier), were the lowest ranked teams left at this stage. Boston impressed in their match at Chelsea, despite losing 1–0, while Stafford were thrashed 4–0 by League Two Bradford City.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Manchester United 6–0 Charlton Athletic 72,168
2 Peterborough United 4–3 Bristol City 10,430
3 Liverpool 1–1 Middlesbrough 39,875
replay Middlesbrough 1–2† Liverpool 21,654
4 Bradford City 4–0 Stafford Rangers 22,322
5 Bolton Wanderers 2–1 Preston North End 19,378
6 Scunthorpe United 3–3 Sheffield Wednesday 4,321
replay Sheffield Wednesday 2–3 Scunthorpe United 32,761
7 Chelsea 1–0 Boston United 41,399
8 Arsenal 3–2 Queens Park Rangers 54,355
9 Leicester City 3–6 Brighton & Hove Albion 29,222
10 Norwich City 3–0 Ipswich Town 26,987
11 AFC Wimbledon 3–1 Cardiff City 2,728
12 Blackburn Rovers 2–0 Watford 29,678
13 Tottenham Hotspur 3–0 Oldham Athletic 30,100
14 Burnley 0–3 Barnsley 18,654
15 Reading 4–0 Crystal Palace 22,865
Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
16 Wigan Athletic 2–0 Sunderland 13,765
17 Aston Villa 3–1 Everton 39,867
18 Leeds United 0–2 Newcastle United 36,321
19 Fulham 3–0 West Ham United 21,888
20 Bournemouth 2–0 Barnet 9,867
21 Carlisle United 5–1 Plymouth Argyle 12,457
22 Birmingham City 2–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 29,876
23 Coventry City 1–2 Portsmouth 24,876
24 Southampton 3–2 West Bromwich Albion 27,653
25 Sheffield United 0–4 Stoke City 17,656
26 Blackpool 0–2 Derby County 13,765
27 Crewe Alexandra 3–0 Altrincham 7,897
28 Swansea City 2–3 Nottingham Forest 18,461
29 Shrewsbury Town 3–1 Northampton Town 6,551
30 Accrington Stanley 4–3 Colchester United 3,987
31 Kettering Town 5–2 Stevenage 5,632
32 Manchester City 0–1 Hartlepool United 46,558

† - After extra time

Fourth Round ProperEdit

The draw for the Fourth Round took place on Sunday 31 December 2017 at Wembley Stadium. Fixtures took place over the weekend of 20 and 21 January 2018.

AFC Wimbledon of the Conference National (5th tier) were the lowest ranked team left at this stage. However, they failed to make it through to the Fifth Round, losing 3–0 to Premier League giants Chelsea.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Brighton & Hove Albion 2–5 Manchester United 20,019
2 Liverpool 2–1 Bolton Wanderers 42,377
3 Chelsea 3–0 AFC Wimbledon 39,765
4 Hartlepool United 3–1 Newcastle United 7,853
5 Bradford City 4–1 Stoke City 24,998
6 Blackburn Rovers 3–2 Barnsley 28,567
7 Scunthorpe United 4–3 Reading 8,861
8 Norwich City 7–0 Crewe Alexandra 24,376
9 Tottenham Hotspur 3–2 Wigan Athletic 34,685
10 Arsenal 6–0 Kettering Town 59,876
11 Bournemouth 4–1 Portsmouth 8,765
12 Aston Villa 3–0 Fulham 35,674
13 Carlisle United 4–0 Birmingham City 13,457
14 Southampton 3–0 Derby County 28,765
15 Nottingham Forest 2–1 Shrewsbury Town 27,654
16 Accrington Stanley 2–3 Peterborough United 3,799

Fifth Round ProperEdit

The draw for the Fifth Round, conducted by Peter Shilton and Pauline Cope, took place on Sunday 21 January 2018 at Wembley Stadium. Fixtures took place over the weekend of 10 and 11 February 2010. Bradford City from Football League Two (4th tier) were the lowest-ranked team left at this stage, but they went out 4–1 to Premier League side Chelsea.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Attendance
1 Manchester United 3–1 Blackburn Rovers 71,765
2 Hartlepool United 1–4 Liverpool 7,239
3 Bournemouth 2–2 Tottenham Hotspur 10,310
replay Tottenham Hotspur 4–2 Bournemouth 35,000
4 Chelsea 4–1 Bradford City 40,287
5 Scunthorpe United 5–1 Nottingham Forest 7,999
6 Southampton 0–3 Arsenal 30,167
7 Norwich City 3–1 Aston Villa 25,768
8 Carlisle United 4–1 Peterborough United 15,188

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