• By Paul Lagan

All FA Cup first round ties will be played under elite protocols despite lockdown


By Paul Lagan

The FA have said that all 1st round FA Cup matches will be played this weekend.

The UK Government has confirmed that the 10 non-elite clubs that remain in the competition will be able to play their matches under elite protocols. Matches will take place between November 6-9 2020. All ties will be played behind closed doors, in line with COVID-19 guidelines.

Last week, we confirmed a total of 16 ties to be shown by UK broadcast partners.

The following fixtures have been selected for live multi-camera broadcast on BBC and BT Sport. The live broadcast fee for these fixtures is £32,500 per club.

Friday 6 November Harrogate Town v Skelmersdale United (7.45pm) – BT Sport 1

Saturday 7 November Tonbridge Angels v Bradford City (12.30pm) – BBC and BT digital platforms Ipswich Town v Portsmouth (3pm) – BBC and BT digital platforms FC United of Manchester v Doncaster Rovers (5.30pm) – BBC Two

Sunday 8 November Maldon & Tiptree v Morecambe (12.45pm) – BBC and BT digital platforms Hampton & Richmond Borough v Oldham Athletic (12.45pm) – BBC and BT digital platforms Eastbourne Borough v Blackpool (2.30pm) – BT Sport 1

Monday 9 November Oxford City v Northampton Town (7.45pm) – BT Sport 1 In addition, the ties listed below have been selected for live single-camera broadcast on BBC digital platforms. The live broadcast fee for these fixtures is £12,500 per club.

Saturday 7 November Colchester United v Marine (3pm) – BBC digital platforms Banbury United v Canvey Island (3pm) – BBC digital platforms

Sunday 8 November Eastleigh v Milton Keynes Dons (12.45pm) – BBC digital platforms Barnet v Burton Albion (12.45pm) – BBC digital platforms Wigan Athletic v Chorley (12.45pm) – BBC digital platforms Torquay United v Crawley Town (12.45pm) – BBC digital platforms Hayes & Yeading United v Carlisle United (12.45pm) – BBC digital platforms Havant & Waterlooville v Cray Valley (12.45pm) – BBC digital platforms *All times in GMT

Winning clubs in the Emirates FA Cup first round will receive £16,972 from the FA prize fund, with losing clubs collecting £5,657.

We remain in regular dialogue with the UK Government in relation to both men’s and women’s ‘non-elite’ football in England and will provide a further update on this in due course.