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Emirates F A Cup - News and Prize Fund details

1 week ago By Nigel Gregg

Stourbridge are again exempt until the First Qualifying Round, but some tweaks have taken place to the early rounds. (READ ON)

A total of 736 clubs have been accepted into the competition.

The draw for the opening two rounds of the 2018/19 Emirates F A Cup have been released today.

Details of the draws for the Extra Preliminary Round (to be played 11th August) and the Preliminary Round (scheduled for 25th August with replays played on or before 6th September) can be viewed at -

Stourbridge will enter the Emirates F A Cup at the 1st Qualifying Round stage on September 8th.

The setting up of a further division at both step 3 and step 4 of the non-league pyramid has, however, had a knock-on effect with both the F A Cup and F A Trophy competitions early rounds.

In the Emirates F A Cup, due to the restructuring of The FA National League System which has affected Step 3 and 4, there will be 18 Step 4 Clubs that are not exempt to the Preliminary Round and will instead enter the Competition in the Extra Preliminary Round.

These Clubs will be the 18 lowest ranked newly promoted Step 4 Clubs based on their points per game (PPG) from the 2017-2018 season.

Also, there will be 16 Step 3 Clubs that are not exempt to the First Round Qualifying and will instead enter the Competition in the Preliminary Round.

These Clubs will be the 16 lowest ranked newly promoted Step 3 Clubs based on their points per game (PPG) from the 2017-2018 season. This affects the likes of Alvechurch, AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Bedworth United in the Southern League Premier Division Central, who will enter a round earlier than had previously been the case.


Prize money has largely been doubled in the qualifying rounds for 2018/19, while in the preliminary rounds, losing sides will also receive a small slice of the prize fund to ensure the clubs in the lower reaches of the non-league pyramid system don't lose out.

Extra Preliminary Round winners (184) - £2,250
Extra Preliminary Round losers (184) - £750

Preliminary Round winners (160) - £2,890
Preliminary Round losers (160) - £960

First Round Qualifying winners (116) - £6,000

Second Round Qualifying winners (80) - £9,000

Third Round Qualifying winners (40) - £15,000

Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32) - £25,000

First Round Proper winners (40) - £36,000

Second Round Proper winners (20) - £54,000

Third Round Proper winners (32) - £135,000

Updated 23:07 - 17 Jul 2018 by Nigel Gregg

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