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the emirates fa cup extra preliminart dates season 2017/18The Emirates FA Cup – Season 2017-2018

The purpose of this letter is to provide Leagues at Step 5 & 6 of The FA National League System with notice of the start date for The Emirates FA Cup 2017-2018 season.

"Whilst we are unable to provide confirmation of all Round dates for next season at this stage, we wanted to give Leagues and clubs as early notice as possible that in order to retain the current format of the Competition, and without reducing numbers; the Competition will start on Saturday 5 August 2017."

As a consequence of this early start date of the FA Cup competition the Uhlsport Hellenic League Executive discussed this matter last night and, as a consequence, the 2017-2018 season for clubs who are entered in the FA Cup and are drawn to play in the Extra Preliminary Round will play their first League fixture of the season in week commencing Monday 31 July. It is possible that teams not involved in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup may also be fixtured, to balance matches when the FA Cup draw is known in due course.

FA Competition Application 17/18 Season - 6 March

To apply for next season's FA Cup, FA Vase and FA Youth Cup, please use the direct link below to submit your application and payment online: https://eventspace.thefa.com/FA/participant/arrangement.aspx?id=190734

The application is ONLY available for online completion and online payment by credit or debit card, and an individual can make the payment with a personal card on the Club's behalf. On successful completion of the online application and online payment, you will receive an on screen confirmation and an automatic email confirmation will be sent to the participant from The FA. However, this does NOT constitute acceptance into the specified competition(s).

The closing date is Saturday 1 April 2017. A list of entries accepted will be available on www.TheFA.com towards the end of June 2017.

If you require any further information or assistance with completing the application, please email competition.entries@thefa.com or call 0800 1691863 x 4583 / 4622


RagsTo Riches - 21 September

The journey "On The Road To Wembley" - excellent coverage of three of the rounds of this season's FA Cup contest filmed and created by Danny Sayers and Matt Sanderson of the Suitable Film Company.

If you are a player or supporter of Abingdon United; Fairford Town; Henley Town; Royal Wooton Bassett; Bicester Town; North Leigh you will definitely want to see this.

Access this link to www.suitablefilm.com.



AFC Stoneham vs Longlevens AFC
Alton Town vs Henley Town
Ampthill Town vs Rayners Lane
Ash United vs Milton United
Bashley vs Highworth Town
Bicester Town vs Broadfields United
Bracknell Town vs Binfield
Burnham vs Highmoor Ibis
Fleet Spurs vs Fairford Town
Lydney Town vs AFC Portchester
Melksham Town vs New College Swindon
Oxford City Nomads vs Abingdon United
Royal Wootton Bassett Town
vs Thame United
Tuffley Rovers
vs Ardley United

Northampton On Chenecks v Brackley Town Saints or Leighton Town

Exemptions To First Round Proper Of The FA Vase
Ascot United; Flackwell Heath; Thatcham Town


Premier Non-League Competitions Sponsored - 17 August

The Football Association has reached agreement with builders merchants Buildbase to become the new title sponsor for The FA Trophy and The FA Vase.

From now England’s two premier non-league competitions will be known as The Buildbase FA Trophy and The Buildbase FA Vase.

Commenting on the new deal, FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn said: “The FA Trophy and The FA Vase are important competitions for football in this country; for the clubs, their local communities and of course their players and fans. We are delighted to welcome Buildbase as the new title partner of both competitions. There was a great deal of interest from brands to partner with these unique competitions; however from the outset it was evident that Buildbase shared our passion for non-league football and its two showpiece tournaments.”

Kate Tinsley, CEO of Buildbase, said: “Grassroots is the heartbeat of English football and we are delighted to put our name to these two brilliant cup competitions. The Vase and the Trophy both exemplify the spirit and passion of the national game. At the heart of the community, football clubs mean a lot to people in the area and beyond. This local spirit runs throughout our business as branches recognise the value of investing in and being part of their communities. We look forward to actively supporting the teams involved in the two competitions throughout the season and we can’t wait to get started."

The Buildbase FA Trophy is open to clubs playing in steps one to four of The FA National League System – the four tiers immediately below League Two of the EFL. The forthcoming season will see 276 clubs contesting for top honours, with the Preliminary Round taking place on 8 October.

The Buildbase FA Vase is open to clubs at steps five to seven of The FA National League System and the 2016-17 season features 592 clubs. The competition commences on Saturday 10 September with 194 matches being played in the First Round Qualifying.

Last season marked the first combined Non-League Finals Day, taking place at Wembley Stadium connected by EE with both matches being broadcast live on BT Sport. It also saw over 45,000 fans flock to the national stadium to enjoy a carnival atmosphere and back-to-back games which conjured six goals between them.



Cambridge City v Cogenhoe United or Flackwell Heath
Spelthorne Sports or Andover Town v Farnborough or Longlevens
Highmoor Ibis or Brimscombe & Thrupp v Peacehaven & Telscombe or Haywards Heath Town
Eastbourne United or Newhaven v Ardley United or Highworth Town
Ascot United or Didcot Town v Tonbridge Angels
Loxwood or Arundel v Egham Town or Bracknell Town
Crawley Down Gatwick v Thame United or North Leigh


Cogenhoe United v Flackwell Heath
Highmoor Ibis v Brimscombe & Thrupp
Thame United v North Leigh
Egham Town v Bracknell Town
Farnborough v Longlevens
Ascot United v Didcot Town
Ardley United v Highworth Town


Bedfont & Feltham v Sandhurst Town
Brackley Town Saints v Leighton Town
Bicester Town v Potton United
Amersham Town v Highmoor Ibis
Buckingham Athletic v Binfield
Hook Norton v Bracknell Town
Shrivenham v Abbey Rangers
Ash United v Tytherington Rocks
Thame United v Tadley Calleva
Fairford Town v Chipping Sodbury Town
Chertsey Town v Lydney Town
AFC Portchester v Holyport
Woodley United v Ardley United

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