The Football Association Challenge Cup, more commonly known as the FA Cup, is the leading football tournament in England. Clubs from all over the country compete in the annual event that runs throughout the regular football season. The top 44 teams from the EPL and the English Championship gain automatic qualification into the tournament, while clubs in the next six tiers of football are also eligible provided they have played in the tournament before. The first round of the FA Cup generally kicks off in November, with the final played in late May at Wembley Stadium in London.
Every match in the FA Cup is a knockout match, and is widely regarded as the best domestic cup tournament in the world. The Cup gives lower league sides a chance of mixing it with some of the best players and clubs in the world. Each year the competition produces a number of shock results. The first two rounds are played out between the lower league sides, with the EPL and Championship clubs entering the tournament in round three, generally around the New Year period. There are six knockout rounds, before the semi-finals and finals.
The record for most FA Cup wins is held between Manchester United and Arsenal. Both clubs have 11 wins to their name, with United’s latest coming in 2004 and Arsenal being the triumphant club in 2014. Only once has a non-English club gone on to win the tournament. Cardiff City achieved this amazing feat in 1927 when they beat Arsenal in the final at Old Wembley.
|YEAR||WINNER||RUNNERS UP||TOP GOAL SCORER|
|2014/2015||ARSENAL||ASTON VILLA||PAUL GALLAGHER (5)|
|2013/2014||ARSENAL||HULL CITY||OLIVIER GIROUD (3)|
|2012/2013||WIGAN ATHLETIC||MANCHESTER CITY||DANNY HYLTON (8)|
|2011/2012||CHELSEA||LIVERPOOL||JERMAINE BECKFORD (6)|
|2010/2011||MANCHESTER CITY||STOKE||M. MANSET, S MCGLEISH (6)|
|2009/2010||CHELSEA||PORTSMOUTH||JOHN CAREW (6)|
|2008/2009||CHELSEA||EVERTON||NICOLAS ANELKA (4)|
|2007/2008||PORTSMOUTH||CARDIFF CITY||R. LAMBERT, C. MACKAIL-SMITH (7)|
|2006/2007||CHELSEA||MANCHESTER UNITED||FRANK LAMPARD (6)|
|2005/2006||LIVERPOOL||WEST HAM||A. YAKUBU, S. GERRARD (4)|
|2004/2005||ARSENAL||MANCHESTER UNITED||CRISTIANO RONALDO (4)|