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FA Cup, Trophy and Vase Information Is Made Clear

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The draws for the FA Cup, FA Trophy and the FA Vase will all be made available to clubs on Friday 7th July, the Football Association have confirmed.

The FA are set to publish the first sets of fixtures in six weeks’ time with the first games taking place less than a month later.

There is a fair share of controversy about the start date in the FA Cup since it was moved forward for the first time last year.

Clubs are said to be unhappy that games with so much riding on them open their seasons – and that league matches are not played before hand.

Some divisions have gone as far as starting their seasons a week early, at the end of July, to ensure their clubs have the correct preparation for the all important FA Cup games.

Prize money details for the 2017/18 season have yet to be confirmed but last year, the extra preliminary winners took home £1,500. The next round was £1,925 with first qualifying winners banking a cheque for £3,000.

The last FA Cup campaign of course created history for Non-League football.

Lincoln City reached the quarter finals after defeating Brighton, Burnley and Ipswich Town before losing to finalist Arsenal.

It was also a memorable year for Sutton United, and for Midland League Westfields amongst others, who are pictured above celebrating victory over Leiston.


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