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FA Cup Prize money 2021/2022 for winners, rounds & overall revenue



The English FA Cup Prize money 2021 for winners and analysis for the 2021/2022 football season.


The English FA Cup prize money is one of the top domestic knockout cup Competitions followed closely by the EFL Cup.


The FA Cup organized by the Football Association of England has continued to increase the prize money for winners over the years with more sponsors partnering with the association.


The recent deal signed between the Football Association and Emirates saw the renaming of the competition for the next couple of seasons.


For the 2021/2022 season, the English FA Cup prize money for the winners of the FA Cup final is £1.8m ($2.45m), while the runners-up will pocket £900,000 (about 1.2m dollars).


This season’s winners overall prize money is a total of £4.5m (about $6.2m), while the runners up will go home with over £3.95m ($5.45m).


FA Cup prize money 2021/2022 sharing formula for clubs  (rounds)


Extra preliminary round winners (174) £1,125

Extra preliminary round losers (174) £375

Preliminary round winners (155) £1,444

Preliminary round losers (155) £481

First-round qualifying winners (121) £2,250

First-round qualifying losers (121) £750

Second-round qualifying winners (82) £3,375

Second-round qualifying losers (82) £1,125

Third round qualifying winners (41) £5,625

Third round qualifying losers (41) £1,875

Fourth round qualifying winners (32) £9,375

Fourth round qualifying losers (32) £3,1The first

First-round proper winners (40) £22,629

Second round proper winners (20) £34,000

Third round proper winners (32) £82,000

Fourth round proper winners (16) £90, Fifth-round round proper winners (8) £180,000

Quarter-final winners (4) £360,000

Semi-final winners (2) £900,000

Semi-final losers (2) £450,000

Final runners-up (1) £900,000

Final winners (1) £1,800,000


  • Amounts are shared based on clubs progress or round.
  • The Numbers in brackets represent the number of clubs receiving the respective payment per round.

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FA Cup prize money 2019/2020

Last season London side Arsenal earned £3.6m (about $5m) after winning the 2019/2020 edition, while runners up Chelsea got about £1.8m.


In overall cash received, Arsenal earned around £6.8m ($9.6m) for the 2019/20 season.


Slashed prize money and how it could affect competition


The prize money for the 2021/2022 season had a little increase, although this could be attributed to the absence of fans and low revenue.


The effects of the coronavirus pandemic throughout 2020 caused a big impact on the FA as weights as it partners across the world.

Also Read: Premier League prize  money and sharing formula breakdown

Fans were not allowed to attend matchdays which also result in low revenue generation.


The competition could be low most especially for English Premier League clubs although teams from the EFL championship and lower league clubs would lay more emphasis on it.


This is because the FA Cup winners would have an automatic berth for the UEFA Europa League.


FA Cup and Premier League prize money


The FA Cup prize is far lesser compared to the huge sums clubs in the EPL receive at the end of every season. See Premier League prize money analysis here.


FA Cup and Champions League prize money


The UEFA Champions League prize money stands out as the biggest compared to the FA Cup. Know more about the UCL Prize money and analysis.


FA Cup 2021/2022 Overview

Champions Leicester City will be hoping for a better outcome in a bid to defend the title they won the previous season.


Facing a tough challenge ahead, the Foxes would have to do battle with the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, etc.


Other top sides including traditional FA Cup side Arsenal who’s won more trophies in the competition over the years.


These clubs will battle for the country’s oldest football knockout competition in a bid to win the ultimate prize money as well as representing England in the UEFA Europa League next year.


FA Cup 2021/2022 teams


Over 124 teams taking part in the competition, all fighting for a place in the Final at Wembley in May 2022.


About 92 teams from the English Football League system.


Premier League 20

EFL Championship, EFL League One and EFL League Two 72.


About 32 teams out that qualified out of the 637 teams from the National League System (levels 5–10 of the English football league system).


Emirates FA Cup 2021/2022 Schedule, Fixtures dates


Round – Dates – Winners prize money

First Round – Saturday 6 November 2021 (£22,629)

Second Round – Saturday 4 December 2021 (£32,000)

Third Round – Saturday 8 January 2022 (£82,000)

Fourth Round – Saturday 5 February 2022 (£90,000)

Fifth Round – Wednesday 2 March 2022 (£180,000)

Quarter-Finals – Saturday 19 March 2022 (£360,000)

Semi-Finals – Saturday 16 April 2022 (£900,000) losers of semifinals (£450,000)

Final Saturday – 14 May 2022 (£1,800,000) losers of final (£900,000)


Emirates FA Cup format for the 2021/2022 season


It consist of another twelve rounds, a semi-final and then a final.

Clubs above Level 9 and 10 A are given byes as they enter the competition at later stages.


The FA organizes a random draw to determine the fixtures.


Before the fifth round, matches that end in a draw are replayed once only.


Also, the first six rounds are qualifiers, and draws for the fixtures are organised on a regional basis.


Beginning from the First Round are known as “proper” rounds.


Qualifying Competition

Extra-Preliminary Round (Level 9 and 10 clubs)

Preliminary Round (Level 8 clubs)

First Round (Level 7 clubs)

Second Round (Level 6 clubs)

Third Round (none)

Fourth Round (Level 5 clubs)


Main Rounds for the Competition or competition proper


First Round (Level 3 and 4 clubs)

Second Round (none)

Third Round (Level 1 and 2 clubs)

Fourth Round

Fifth Round





Top teams to watch out


1. Leicester City (Defending Champions)

Leicester City are defending Champions of the Emirates FA Cup having beaten Chelsea during last year’s final played at Wembley stadium.


The Foxes lifted their first-ever FA Cup crown after finishing runners up on three occasions.


Leicester City inspired by Tielemans lifted the trophy against all odds with a more determined Chelsea side led by Thomas Tuchel unable to savage a late result.


2. Chelsea

Chelsea finished as runners up last campaign having lost to Leicester City.


Led by Thomas Tuchel, the German tactician has a course to smile despite losing the oldest football trophy in England.


The London based club with a formidable squad would be hoping to correct the impressions of last season, even though it was impressive in the end.


The rise of Mason Mount, as well as the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan, is expected to help Chelsea with the goal-scoring duties upfront.


For Tuchel, his eyes are on three domestic trophies including the Emirates FA Cup, EFL Cup and the English Premier League.


3. Manchester City


Manchester City remains one of the top shots to watch this season.


Tutored by Spanish manager Pep Guardiola, the citizens have to become a strong force in English football, winning the FA Cup as well as other top domestic silverware.


The citizens could not reach the finals of last year’s edition after facing a shock eviction against Chelsea in the semifinals.


Guardiola knows the importance of the FA Cup and would be aiming to win every available trophy in England.


The Cityzens are one of the top sides to watch in the Competition.


4. Manchester United

Manchester United is a rejuvenated side with a lot of stars already making the headlines in the English division.


Last season United were knocked out of the FA Cup in the quarter-finals by eventual winners Leicester City.


But there’s a new twist and a turnaround for Man United in the new season.


Top players including Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Harry Maguire, McTominay would be hoping to lift a major trophy after a long while.


Also, the introduction of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho is expected to further increase the hit and potential win the FA Cup as well as another domestic and international trophy for the club.


Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to improve on his tactics in a bid to push his side towards a trophy-winning position.


5. Southampton


Southampton gave Manchester United a shock eviction from the FA Cup last season but fell to Leicester City side with more firepower.


The Saints experienced a little bit of torrid season at some point in the season although the FA Cup experience remained on a positive side.


Southampton would be hoping for a better outing this year in the competition after an eviction in the semifinals last year.


Although some of its key players were lost to some bigger Premier League teams, Southampton is geared up for the Premier League and other domestic competitions.


6. West Ham United


West Ham United has enjoyed steady progress over the last three seasons.


The emergence of former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes had also helped in reshaping the club.


Top players including Michail Antonio, Declan Rice etc were on hand to help the Hammers to reach the fifth round before losing to Manchester United.


This year, West Ham United takes a new turn with a rejuvenated squad as well as new players in its fold would be hoping for better outings in the country’s oldest football competition.


West Ham United is one of the four London based clubs in the English top flight.

7. Everton


Everton’s quarter-finals exit last year did not come as a surprise.


The Toffees lost honourably to Manchester City led by current Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti who left the Premier League club for the Los Blancos at the end of the last campaign.


Former Liverpool and Premier League household name Rafael Benítez has been saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the club’s success this season.


8. Wolverhampton Wanderers


Wolverhampton Wanderers had a shock eviction from the FA Cup in the fifth round again Southampton.


Former manager Nuno Santo had been in charge of the club over the last couple of years, keeping the club’s Premier League status alive.


Wolverhampton Wanderers with some of the best young players in the division will be hoping for a better outcome this year.


9. Liverpool


Liverpool FC had a disappointing run in the competition last year, facing eviction from the fourth round.


Although it was against Manchester United, the Reds left the FA Cup scene miles from the quarter-finals.


Led by Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool is currently one of the strongest football clubs in Europe.


10. Arsenal


Ranked as one of the best teams in the history of the competition, Arsenal last won the FA Cup at the end of the 2019/2020 season.


Arsenal was evicted from the competition in the fourth round against Semi-Finalist Southampton.


This was one of the worst outings ever recorded by the club over the last ten seasons.


Arsenal led by Mikel Arteta started on a bright note this season.


However, the club’s bad start to the new season continues to hang in as a problem that needs fixing.


How to watch the FA Cup

The Football Association of England sold the televised rights of the FA Cup to various partners across the world.


The competition prides itself as one of the most followed football competitions across the world. As per tv rights, it is available in over 100 territories across the world.


United Kingdom

BBC Sport and ITV Sport

Italy and Germany


Brazil and United States





The Football Association of England Emirates FA Cup Experience


The Football Association Challenge Cup or Emirates FA Cup for sponsorship reasons is the most followed domestic knockout competition in the world.


Played by teams from England, Wales and Jersey (2021), the tournament is one of the most-watched football competitions on television available across 150 territories.


Teams including Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, etc have won more FA Cup titles since its inception.


Outside the Premier League, it draws more attention as clubs across the professional football leagues in England participate for a place in the final played at the English National Stadium, Wembley.


Winners of the tournament will qualify automatically for the group stages of the UEFA Europa League the following year and will play against the winners of the Premier League in the FA Community Shield.


FA Cup final Venue


The Final of the FA Cup is played at the Wembley Stadium since 2007.


The Wembley stadium is currently regarded as the national stadium of England hosting matches of the English National Team (Three Lions).


FA Cup 2021/2022 Fixtures and Results


The draws of the competition will be made at the end of every round that requires draws for teams. See fixtures and results on the FA official website.


FA Cup winners list



Titles: 14

Arsenal is the most successful team in the history of the competition with over 14 titles.


The club’s first-ever triumph was in 1930 and the last time it achieved success was in the 2020 final against rivals Chelsea


Manchester United


Manchester United is one of the early winners of the competition. The”Red Devils” are second on the all-time winner’s list with about 12 titles.


The club’s first-ever win was recorded in 1909 and the last win was in 2016.




Chelsea FC is the second London based team after Arsenal with more FA Cup titles.


Chelsea FC nicknamed “The Pride of London” have won over 8 titles. The club’s first win was in 1970 and the last success was in 2018.


Tottenham Hotspur


Tottenham Hotspur is the third London based club with over 8 titles tied with Chelsea.


Spurs first title was achieved in 1901 and the last in 1991.


Liverpool FC 7

Aston Villa 7

Newcastle United 6

Manchester City 6

Everton FC 5

West Bromwich Albion 5

Wanderers 5


Also Read: London Football Clubs: the best and the most iconic in history.


About the 2021/2022 FA Cup


The 2021–22 Emirates FA Cup is the 141st edition of the tournament.


The FA Cup is regarded as the oldest football tournament in the world, organized by the Football Association of England.


The winners of the tournament will qualify for the 2022–23 UEFA Europa League group stage as one of England’s slots.


About the FA Cup

The Football Association Challenge Cup is an annual domestic knockout football competition in England, Wales and Jersey.


It was first played during the 1871–72 season.


It is regarded as the oldest national football competition in the world organized and controlled by the Football Association of England.


The FA Cup prize money for winners in 2021/2022 is one of the highest in England, valued around £1.8m for final winners and £4.5m overall.

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