The FA Cup is back for its 140th year. An incredible 736 teams have been whittled down to just 32, with clubs just three games away from a semi-final date at Wembley.
The tournament usually runs from August to May, although that may be subject to change due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, a few ties have already had to be postponed due to positive cases.
Arsenal are the holders, having beaten Chelsea 2-1 in last season’s delayed final to secure a first trophy in management for Mikel Arteta. The Premier League looks set to be very competitive this season, but many sides will still see the FA Cup as a great opportunity to win some silverware.
Here’s how to watch all the action, including if you’re outside the UK.
Where can you watch the games in the UK?
The BBC and BT share will share TV rights to the competition for this season. The two broadcasters will share the top picks for each round and one semi-final match, with both channels showing the final on 23 May.
The BBC is free if you have a TV licence, you’ll just have to navigate to BBC One on your TV or head to BBC iPlayer. However, you’ll need to subscribe to BT Sport to watch their games.
The cheapest way of doing this will be with the Sport package, which is currently available for £7.50 per month (£15 per month thereafter) with £20 upfront. Another popular option is to combine it with a BT Broadband deal, with prices currently starting at £44.99 per month. Of course, there’s more great live content on BT Sport, including every single Champions League game.
BT Sport also offers Monthly Passes, considered to be a direct competitor to Now TV. For £25 a month, you can now get unlimited access to BT Sport contract-free, including the 4K-enabled BT Sport Ultimate. The flexibility across devices remains, as it can be used on all the Smart TVs, consoles, tablets and phones that are available to paid subscribers. See all the details here.
BT Sport and the BBC will broadcast the FA Cup final, which is set to take place on 15 May 2021.
Any ties that aren’t chosen by either broadcaster will be available via the FA Player, but that usually doesn’t apply from the 4th round onwards.
From next season until at least 2026, ITV will partner the BBC to showing the games from the first round onwards. That means all the top matches will be available on free-to-air channels.
FA Cup fixture list
There’s a handy guide to all the upcoming games on the FA website. Here are the two remaining fourth-round ties:
Wycombe Wanderers vs Tottenham Hotspur – KO 19.45 – BT Sport 1
Bournemouth vs Crawley Town – KO 19.00 – BT Sport Extra 3
Key results so far
Fri 22 Jan
Chorley 0-1 Wolves
Southampton 1-0 Arsenal
Cheltenham Town 1-3 Man City
Chelsea 3-1 Luton Town
Brentford 1-3 Leicester City
Man Utd 3-2 Liverpool
Everton 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday
All the ties are being broadcast across the BBC and BT Sport, so your team’s fixture will be available to watch from somewhere.
Not in the UK? Not a problem
You can watch the FA Cup if you have a TV license to watch the BBC, but if you’re on holiday outside the UK you can too by using a VPN. You’ll also need it to watch BT Sport from abroad.
A VPN is software that allows you to access blocked content even if you’re not in the country, and it also improves your privacy.
A particularly good option is NordVPN, which you can look at here. Simply installing on your computer, phone or tablet will allow you to watch the matches if you’re outside the UK. Read our more detailed guide here.
For more options, check our our best VPN chart
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