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FA Competitions Update – 2020/21 Season

Statement issues by SCEFL concerning this season FA cup competitions:

Further to the most recent guidelines issued by the Government and The FA’s subsequent announcement regarding the return to football, there is an update in relation to the 2020-21 FA Competitions and set out the following timeline.

On Monday 3 August 2020, Clubs shall be notified of the following information for each of The Emirates FA Cup, The Buildbase FA Trophy, The Buildbase FA Vase and The FA Youth Cup Competitions;

– List of Clubs accepted
– List of Clubs to receive exemption
– Competition Format
– Round Dates
– Prize Fund

The Emirates FA Cup – Step 6 Clubs to be accepted
For the 2020-21 season it is the FA’s intention to retain 736 participating Clubs in the Competition as per previous seasons. This is the maximum number of Clubs that can be accommodated in the Competition under the current structure. In total there has been 889 applications received for the 2020-21 Competition, thus meaning it is oversubscribed. In previous seasons when the Competition has been oversubscribed, acceptance into the Competition from Clubs at Step 6 of The FA National League System, who applied to enter the Competition, has been determined based on a Points Per Game average taken across all Step 6 Leagues from the preceding season. However, as all Step 6 Leagues were declared null and void, and results expunged for the 2019-20 season, draws shall be conducted for each Step 6 League to determine which Clubs at Step 6 of The FA National League system, who applied to enter the Competition, shall be accepted in the Competition.

Competition Draws & Rules
The date for when the draws for the first two rounds and the Rules of each Competition will be available will be confirmed in the notification on Monday 3 August.

Competition Rounds

FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round: Tuesday, 1st September 2020
FA Cup Preliminary Round: Saturday, 12th September 2020
FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020

FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round: Saturday, 19th September 2020
FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Round: Saturday, 10th October 2020

FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round: Saturday, 26th September 2020
FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round: Saturday, 17th October 2020

The above information is correct at the time of writing but remains subject to change.

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