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FA Vase 2007/8

The FA Vase is a knock-out competition arranged in a similar format to the FA Cup. As a result of the Cup becoming dominated by professional teams, the FA created the FA Amateur Cup in 1893. This lasted until 1974, when the FA abolished formal distinctions between professional and amateur teams. A new competition, the FA Vase, was created in its place. As an "amateur" competition, entry is restricted to those for teams that are members of leagues at levels nine or below. Teams that enjoyed success the previous season are given exemptions past the opening rounds - see below for exact details.

The table below shows the total number of clubs from all divisions at a given level for each round. A double dash "--" indiactes either that round has not yet been played, or no clubs are left from that level. The prize money is what the winner of that round receives, assuming they win no further matches. (So a club that starts off in the 1st qualifying round, and ends up loosing in the 2nd round would receive 700). The table underneath gives the average level of clubs participating in any given round.

Number of teams per level to reach each round Total Entries: 489
Level: 12 11 10 9 Total Prize Money
1st Qualifying 2 19 64 78 164 500
2nd Qualifying 2 27 132 189 352 600
1st 2 12 47 147 206 700
2nd 0 2 18 108 128 1,000
3rd -- 0 8 56 64 1,200
4th -- -- 2 30 32 1,500
5th -- -- 1 15 16 2,000
6th -- -- 1 5 8 4,000
Semi-Final -- -- -- -- 4 6,000
Final -- -- -- -- 2 20,000

Mean level of teams at each round
ROUND 1Q 2Q 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th SF F
Mean Level 9.609.55 9.379.17 9.139.06 9.069.17

The following list provides further details about the clubs how many clubs there are at each round. My thanks go to Tony Kempster for this information.

  • Q1 - 164 teams
  • Q2 - 352 teams (including 270 byes randomly drawn)
  • R1 - 206 teams (including 30 exemptions - Teams finishing in positions 1-4 of last season's level 9 leagues, except those now in step 8, or those exempt to 2nd round. Plus those relegated from last season's level 8 leagues)
  • R2 - 128 teams (including 25 exemptions - teams reaching the 4th round proper last year except those now in level 8)
  • R3 - 64 teams
  • R4 - 32 teams
  • R5 - 16 teams
  • R6 - 8 teams
  • SF - 4 teams
  • F - 2 teams


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