To: Clubs that have applied to enter FA Competitions for the 2020-21 Season.
On Friday 2 July 2021, 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 participating Clubs
List of Clubs to receive exemption
The Emirates FA Cup – Step 6 Clubs to be accepted
As the Competition was oversubscribed, it will not be possible to accommodate all Clubs that have applied to enter. As a result of the recent restructuring of The FA National League System, the maximum number of Clubs that can be accepted to participate in the Competition in its current format shall be 729. All Clubs that applied to enter the 2021-22 Competition that will be competing at Step 5 of The FA National League System or higher for the 2021-22 season shall be accepted. Taking into account the number of Clubs that have been uplifted in the recent restructuring, it means that only eight places will be available in the Competition for Clubs competing at Step 6 of The FA National League System.
A draw will be conducted to determine eight of the 17 Step 6 Leagues which will be represented in the Competition. Each of those eight Step 6 Leagues will then be represented by one Club. This Club will be the highest ranked Club within that Step 6 League that was not successful in receiving upward movement to Step 5 of The FA National League System in the recent restructuring.
Whilst we accept this method would not ordinarily be used to determine entries into the Competition, we believe it to be the fairest method in the current set of exceptional circumstances, to ensure the Competition has a fair balance of Clubs across all the divisions of Step 6 of The FA National League System.
The Emirates FA Cup – Step 4 Clubs receiving exemption
Similar to previous seasons, in order to maintain the number of participating Clubs at a similar level and for the Competition to retain its current format, it will be necessary for a number of Clubs at Step 4 of The FA National League System to enter the Competition in the Extra Preliminary Round instead of the Preliminary Round. For the 2021-22 Competition there shall be 21 Clubs at Step 4 required to enter the Competition in the Extra Preliminary Round instead of receiving exemption to the Preliminary Round, which is the round where the remaining Step 4 Clubs shall enter. This shall comprise of three Clubs from five of the eight Step 4 Leagues, which means there will be two Clubs from each of the remaining three Step 4 Leagues.
Draws shall be conducted for each Step 4 League to determine which Clubs shall enter the Competition in the Extra Preliminary Round.
Draws for the following fixtures shall be released on Friday 9 July 2021;
The Emirates FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round & Preliminary Round
The Buildbase FA Trophy – First Round Qualifying & Second Round Qualifying
The Buildbase FA Vase – First Round Qualifying & Second Round Qualifying
The FA Youth Cup – Preliminary Round and First Round Qualifying
The Rules of each Competition are currently being reviewed. These will be communicated to all participating Clubs as early as possible following the release of the draws for the opening two rounds of fixtures on Friday 9 July.
Please note the above information is correct as at the date of this communication, but remains subject to change.