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Template:Infobox football tournament The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is an annual knockout cup competition in English football and is the oldest association football competition in the world. The FA Cup is run by and named after the Football Association and usually refers to the English men's tournament, although a women's tournament is also held. Its current sponsored name is the FA Cup with Budweiser.

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 one to five 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.

Wigan Athletic are the current holders, after defeating Manchester City 1–0 to win the Cup for the first time.

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Football in England

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League competitions The FA Cup competitions
Premier League England (B) (C) FA Cup
The Football League (U-21) (U-20) Football League Cup
(Champ, 1, 2) (U-19) (U-18) FA Community Shield
Football Conference (U-17) (U-16) Football League Trophy
(Prem, N, S) List of clubs FA Trophy
Northern Premier List of stadiums Conference League Cup Template:Small
(Prem, 1N, 1S) (by capacity) FA Vase
Southern League List of leagues
(Prem, 1Mid, 1S&W) Records
Isthmian League
(Prem, 1N, 1S)

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