FA Cup 英格兰足协杯(足协杯)
FA Cup Introduction 英格兰足协杯(足协杯) 介绍
The Football Association Challenge Cup 英格兰足协杯(足协杯), known worldwide as the FA Cup, is an annual knockout cup competition in English football; it is the oldest association football competition in the world. The FA Cup is organised by and named after the Football Association. A concurrent women’s tournament is also held, known as the FA Women’s Cup.
The FA Cup was first held in 1871–72. Entry is open to all teams who compete in the Premier League, the Football League and in Steps 1 to 5 of the FA National League System, as well as selected teams in Step 6. This means that clubs of all standards compete, from the largest clubs in England and Wales down to amateur village teams. The tournament has become known for the possibility for “minnows” from the lower divisions to become “giant-killers” by eliminating top clubs from the tournament and even theoretically winning the Cup, although lower division teams rarely progress beyond the early stages. The qualification rounds and a system of byes mean that the very smallest and very biggest teams almost never meet.
Arsenal are the current holders, having beaten Hull City 3–2 after extra time in the 2014 final. Their 11th FA Cup title, this brought Arsenal level with Manchester United for the greatest number of title victories in the history of the competition.
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