The FA has confirmed today that the FA Cup can accommodate a maximum 737 participating Clubs for the 2020-21 season. This means the number of Clubs admitted to the Competition from Step 6 has increased to 74.
They stated: "as indicated in our communication on Friday 24 July, draws were conducted for each of the 20 divisions at Step 6 to determine which Clubs would be accepted from those that had applied. From the 20 Step 6 divisions, 14 were allocated four entries into the Competition, while the remaining six divisions were each allocated three entries. The number of entries allocated to each division was also determined by a draw".
Following the draw, three of our Step 6 sides have been fortunate to have been accepted into the competition, namely Farnham Town, Sandhurst Town and Westside.
Jersey Bulls, who have entered the FA Vase this year for the first time, were not eligible to enter as were Dorking Wanderers Reserves but of the remainder who entered, six have been unsuccessful in the draw, namely AFC Hayes, Bedfont & Feltham, Chessington & Hook United, Epsom & Ewell, Tooting Bec and Walton & Hersham.
That leaves Ash United, Bagshot, British Airways, Cove, Eversley & California, FC Deportivo Galicia, Fleet Spurs, Godalming Town and Kensington & Ealing Borough, none of whom presumably entered, all probably thinking they would not finish in a high enough position to qualify.
Government and FA willing, the Extra-Preliminary Round will take place in midweek, commencing (presumably) on Monday 31 August for any clubs who play on Mondays, but on Tuesday 1 September or Wed 2 September for the rest. There will be no replays this season.
The draw for the opening two rounds of the various competitions will be released on Tuesday 18 August.