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How to watch 2020/21 FA Cup live in the US

England's famous FA Cup is back. Will one of the superpowers of English soccer take out the title once more?

Proudly known as the world’s oldest soccer competition, the FA Cup was first held in 1871/72. Open to any professional club in the English league system, it is known for its fairytale runs and some epic upsets.

It is still traditionally taken out by the top five or six teams in the English Premier League. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool have dominated the competition for more than 20 years. Since 1996, only twice has a team outside those five sides won it – Portsmouth in 2008 and Wigan in 2013.

How to watch FA Cup matches in the US

Back in August 2018, ESPN secured the FA Cup rights from previous holders, Fox Sports. For the 2020/21 edition, all matches have been exclusive to sports streaming service ESPN+. They are not being shown on regular ESPN TV channels available on Hulu, Sling TV and AT&T TV.

FA Cup US TV schedule

DateMatchVenueTime (EDT)How to watch
Saturday, April 17Chelsea vs Man CityWembley Stadium12:30 PMESPN+
Sunday, April 18Leicester vs SouthamptonWembley Stadium1:30 PMESPN+

Stream FA Cup on ESPN+

ESPN+ is part of the streaming services offered by Disney. It is largely designed to supplement the traditional ESPN content. So you will get content on ESPN+ that is not available on ESPN and vice-versa. ESPN+ doesn’t come with a free trial. You can subscribe from $5.99 per month or $49.99 for an annual subscription

We have put together a complete review of everything ESPN+ has to offer, including compatible devices and a comparison of sports streaming options. MLB, NHL, Major League Soccer and UFC are just some of the exclusive sports available on ESPN+. You can also catch original series like 30 for 30 and Draft Academy.

Stream the tournament on ESPN+

Watch the FA Cup live on ESPN+.

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What is the FA Cup format?

The third round of the FA Cup is where the Premier League and Championship sides enter the tournament. The 64 matches in the third round are decided by a random draw, with the first teams drawn having the advantage of playing at home.

The 32 winners progress to the fourth round, where 16 teams proceed to the fifth round. From there they contest the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final. The last three matches are all held at Wembley Stadium in London.

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