The Premier League will take a brief pause to allow the top clubs to begin their journey in the 2021-22 FA Cup with the aim of reaching the final at Wembley Stadium on May 14.
The tournament has reached its third round, when all Premier League and Championship clubs enter the competition. Matches ending in a draw after 90 minutes will go to extra time and penalty kicks if necessary.
The full schedule of the third round follows. Three of the 32 matches include head-to-head matches in the Premier League: Manchester United host Aston Villa at Old Trafford, Leicester City host Watford to King Power Stadium and West Ham take on Leeds United.
𝙍𝙀𝘽𝙀𝘾𝘾𝘼 𝙒𝙀𝙇𝘾𝙃 𝙈𝘼𝙆𝙀𝙎 𝙃𝙄𝙎𝙏𝙊𝙍𝙔 🙌
All arbitration appointments of #EmiratesFACup Round 3 as Rebecca Welch will become the first woman officially in a game at this stage of the competition! 👏
– Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 6, 2022
How to watch FA Cup 3rd round matches
- Day: Friday, January 7 through Monday, January 10
- Channel: Not available
- Streaming online: ESPN+ (subscription required)
All FA Cup third round developments will be covered by ESPN+ throughout the weekend. The ESPN streaming platform has exclusive rights to the competition in the US as well as other UK domestic cup competition, Carabao Cup or League Cup.
The 32-match standings include 21 matches over an eight-hour period on Saturday, January 8. The Manchester United vs Aston Villa match ends on Monday, January 10.
And there’s a bonus for fans in the midst of all the action: Sunday, January 9, will also watch the round 4 draw broadcast live at 11:50 a.m. ET, also on ESPN+.
FA Cup third round matches (January 7-10, 2022)
Sixty-four teams competed in the third round of the FA Cup, with most coming from two of English football’s top divisions:
- English Premier League (first place): 20 clubs
- British Championship (second place): 24 clubs
- League One (third place): 8 clubs
- Second prize (fourth place): 8 clubs
- National Federation (fifth place): 3 clubs (Boreham Wood, Chesterfield, Yeovil Town)
- National League North / South (sixth place): 1 club (Kidderminster Harriers)
The lower ranked teams are listed in parentheses in the schedule below: CH = Championship (second place); L1 = First Prize (third place); L2 = Second Prize (fourth tier); NL = National League (fifth place), NLNS = National League North / South (sixth place).
|Friday, January 7||Swindon Town (L2) 1, City of Manchester 4|
|Saturday, January 8||Mansfield Town (L2) vs. Middlesbrough (CH)||7:15 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Hartlepool United (L2) vs. Blackpool (CH)||7:30 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Bristol City (CH) vs. Fulham (CH)||7:30 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Burnley vs. Huddersfield Town (CH)||7:30 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Coventry City (CH) vs. Derby County (CH)||7:30 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Millwall (CH) vs Crystal Palace||7:45 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Newcastle United vs Cambridge United (L1)||10 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Peterborough United (CH) vs. Bristol Rovers (L2)||10 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Barnsley (CH) vs Barrow AFC (L2)||10 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||West Brom (CH) vs Brighton & Hove Albion||10 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Leicester City vs. Watford||10 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Kidderminster Harriers (NLNS) vs Reading (CH)||10 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Port Vale (L2) vs Brentford||10 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Wigan Athletic (L1) vs Blackburn Rovers (CH)||10 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Queens Park Rangers (CH) vs. Rotherham (L1)||10 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Boreham Wood (NL) vs AFC Wimbledon (L1)||10 am||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Hull City (CH) vs. Everton||12:30 pm||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Chelsea vs Chesterfield (NL)||12:30 pm||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Birmingham City (CH) vs. Plymouth Argyle (L1)||12:30 pm||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Swansea City (CH) vs Southampton||12:30 pm||ESPN+|
|Saturday, January 8||Yeovil Town (NL) vs AFC Bournemouth (CH)||12:45 pm||ESPN+|
|Sunday, January 9||Luton Town (CH) vs Harrogate Town (L2)||7:30 am||ESPN+|
|Sunday, January 9||Stoke City (CH) vs. Leyton Orient (L2)||9 am||ESPN+|
|Sunday, January 9||Cardiff City (CH) vs Preston North End (CH)||9 am||ESPN+|
|Sunday, January 9||Charlton Athletic (L1) vs Norwich City||9 am||ESPN+|
|Sunday, January 9||Wolverhampton vs Sheffield United (CH)||9 am||ESPN+|
|Sunday, January 9||West Ham United vs. Leeds United||9 am||ESPN+|
|Sunday, January 9||Tottenham Hotspur vs. Morecambe (L1)||9 am||ESPN+|
|Sunday, January 9||Liverpool vs. Shrewsbury Town (L1)||9 am||ESPN+|
|Sunday, January 9||Nottingham Forest (CH) vs. Arsenal||12:10 pm||ESPN+|
|Monday, January 10||Manchester United and Aston Villa||2:55 pm||ESPN+|
When will the FA Cup fourth round draw take place?
- Day: Sunday, January 9
- Time: 11:50 a.m. ET
- Channel: Not available
- Current: ESPN+
Before the final results of the FA Cup third round, the draw for the fourth round was held. All 16 matches over the weekend of February 5-6 will be determined.
- Fourth round: Saturday-Sunday, February 5-6
- Round 16 (fifth round): Wednesday, March 2
- Quarterfinals: Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20
- Semifinal: Saturday, April 16
- Final: Saturday, May 14
The fourth round draw will begin at 11:50 a.m. ET Sunday, ahead of Nottingham Forest vs. Arsenal. The draw will also allow the winner of Aston Villa vs Manchester United to take place a day later.