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The 2009–10 FA Cup was the 129th season of the world's oldest football knockout competition; The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. As in the previous year, 762 clubs were accepted for the competition. One club, Newcastle Blue Star, folded before the fixtures were released. As they were scheduled to enter the competition in the First Round Qualifying, their opponents in this round received a walkover.
The competition commenced on 15 August 2009 with the Extra Preliminary Round and concluded on 15 May 2010 with the Final, held at Wembley Stadium. The final was contested by 2009 winners Chelsea and 2008 winners Portsmouth. Originally, the winners were to qualify for the play-off round of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League. However, as Chelsea won the 2009–10 Premier League (and did not need the FA Cup winners' berth), and Portsmouth failed to apply for a UEFA license for the 2010–11 season in time (making them ineligible to compete in UEFA competitions), the berth was given to Liverpool, the seventh-placed team in the Premier League. Chelsea won 1-0 in the final to retain the trophy.
| Winners from|
| New entries|
|Leagues entering at this round|
|Extra Preliminary Round||762||406||none||406||Levels 9 and 10 in football league pyramid|
|Preliminary Round||559||334||203||131|| Northern Premier League Division One North|
Northern Premier League Division One South
|First Round Qualifying||392||232||167||65|| Northern Premier League Premier Division|
Southern Football League Premier Division
Isthmian League Premier Division
|Second Round Qualifying||276||160||116||44|| Conference North|
|Third Round Qualifying||196||80||80||none||none|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||156||64||40||24||Conference National|
|First Round Proper||124||80||32||48|| Football League One|
Football League Two
|Second Round Proper||84||40||40||none||none|
|Third Round Proper||64||64||20||44|| Premier League|
Football League Championship
|Fourth Round Proper||32||32||32||none||none|
|Fifth Round Proper||16||16||16||none||none|
The calendar for the 2009–10 FA Cup, as announced by The Football Association:
|Round||Main date||Number of fixtures||Clubs||New entries this round||Prize money||Player of the Round|
|Extra Preliminary Round||15 August 2009||203||762 → 559||406: 357th–762nd||£750||-|
|Preliminary Round||29 August 2009||167||559 → 392||131: 226th–356th||£1,500||-|
|First Round Qualifying||12 September 2009||116||392 → 276||65: 161st–225th||£3,000||Bobby Traynor (Kingstonian)|
|Second Round Qualifying||26 September 2009||80||276 → 196||44: 117th–160th||£4,500||Mark Danks (Northwich Victoria)|
|Third Round Qualifying||10 October 2009||40||196 → 156||none||£7,500||Adam Webster (Hinckley United)|
|Fourth Round Qualifying||24 October 2009||32||156 → 124||24: 93rd–116th||£12,500||Danny Kedwell (AFC Wimbledon)|
|First Round Proper||7 November 2009||40||124 → 84||48: 45th–92nd||£18,000||Richard Brodie (York City)|
|Second Round Proper||28 November 2009||20||84 → 64||none||£27,000|
|Third Round Proper||2 January 2010||32||64 → 32||44: 1st–44th||£67,500||Jermaine Beckford (Leeds United)|
|Fourth Round Proper||23 January 2010||16||32 → 16||none||£90,000||-|
|Fifth Round Proper||13 February 2010||8||16 → 8||none||£180,000||-|
|Sixth Round Proper||6 March 2010||4||8 → 4||none||£360,000||-|
|Semi Finals|| 10 April 2010|
11 April 2010
|2||4 → 2||none|| Winners: £900,000|
|Final||15 May 2010||1||2 → 1||none|| Winner: £1,800,000|
First Round ProperEdit
Teams from Leagues One and Two enter at this stage, along with the winners from the Fourth Round Qualifying. The draw was made on 25 October 2009 with ties played in the week beginning 6 November 2009.
Paulton Rovers of the Southern Football League Division One South & West (eighth tier) were the lowest ranked team left in the competition at this stage, but they failed to make it through to the second round, after suffering a heavy defeat at home to League One side Norwich City.
Second Round Proper Edit
The draw for the Second Round Proper took place on 28 and 29 November 2009 and involved the 40 winning teams from the First Round Proper.
Bath City F.C. and Staines Town F.C. from the Conference South, and Northwich Victoria from the Conference North (6th Tier) were the lowest ranked teams left at this stage, but none made it through to the third round.
|Tie no||Home team||Score||Away team||Attendance|
|1||Northwich Victoria||1–3||Lincoln City||3,544|
|3||Hereford United||0–1||Colchester United||2,225|
|4||Tranmere Rovers||0–0||Aldershot Town||3,742|
|replay||Aldershot Town||1–2||Tranmere Rovers||4,060|
|5||Kettering Town||1–1||Leeds United||4,837|
|replay||Leeds United|| 5–1|
|8||Brighton & Hove Albion||3–2||Rushden & Diamonds||3,638|
|9||Rotherham United||2–2||Luton Town||3,210|
|replay||Luton Town||3–0||Rotherham United||2,518|
|10||Milton Keynes Dons||4–3||Exeter City||4,867|