Between the big Premier League clubs that advanced and the lower-division minnows that have survived so far — Kidderminster Harriers and Boreham Wood are the two lowest-ranked teams still dancing — the 2022 FA Cup fourth-round draw should provide a compelling schedule of matches.
The fourth-round draw will take place before the third round has even concluded on Sunday. It will happen at 11:50 a.m. ET prior to the Nottingham Forest vs. Arsenal match and the day before Manchester United vs. Aston Villa closes out the third-round slate.
The 16 knockout matches of the FA Cup fourth round will be staged on the weekend of Feb. 5-6. Matches that end in a draw after 90 minutes will head straight to extra time and penalty kicks after England’s Football Association scrapped replays due to COVID-related fixture congestion.
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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the draw, including where to watch it and the updated list of teams and divisions that will be represented. There are no conditions to the draw: Any team can land any of the others, no matter the tier. The host of each matchup is also randomly drawn.
When is the FA Cup 4th round draw?
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022
- Time: 11:50 a.m. ET
- TV channel: None
- Stream: ESPN+
In addition to every match of the third-round slate, ESPN+ will also carry the draw with the stream slated to begin on Sunday at 11:50 a.m. ET, just 20 minutes before the Nottingham Forest vs. Arsenal match and the day before the final match of the round is played at Old Trafford. The winners of both those matches will know where they will play come February.
The 20 minutes allotted is more than enough time to get the draw in, given how efficiently run they are compared to the productions that are undertaken for other competitions: Each surviving team is assigned a number and the balls with those numbers are drawn. It’s as simple as that. There is no unscrewing of hollow balls with small scrolls of paper unfurled, a process which can add significant time to the proceedings.
Which teams have qualified for the FA Cup 4th Round?
So far we know 22 of the 32 participants in the fourth round. Here’s how they break down:
- Premier League (first tier): 8 clubs
- Championship (second tier): 8 clubs
- League One (third tier): 3 clubs
- League Two (fourth tier): 1 club (Hartlepool United)
- National League (fifth tier): 1 club (Boreham Wood)
- National League North (sixth tier): 1 club (Kidderminster)
Here is the complete list of clubs that have survived through the third round and will be drawn against one another in the fourth round:
|Club||Division||Tier||FA Cup titles (last)|
|Boreham Wood||National League||5th||—|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||Premier League||1st||—|
|Cambridge United||League One||3rd||—|
|Chelsea||Premier League||1st||8 (2018)|
|Crystal Palace||Premier League||1st||—|
|Everton||Premier League||1st||5 (1995)|
|Hartlepool United||League Two||4th||—|
|Huddersfield Town||Championship||2nd||1 (1922)|
|Kidderminster Harriers||National League North||6th||—|
|Leicester City||Premier League||1st||1 (2021)|
|Manchester City||Premier League||1st||6 (2019)|
|Plymouth Argyle||League One||3rd||—|
|Queen’s Park Rangers||Championship||2nd||—|
|Southampton||Premier League||1st||1 (1976)|
|Wigan Athletic||League One||3rd||1 (2013)|
|Luton Town / Harrogate|
|Stoke / Leyton Orient|
|Charlton / Norwich City|
|Cardiff City / Preston|
|Wolves / Sheff. United|
|West Ham / Leeds|
|Tottenham / Morecambe|
|Liverpool / Shrewsbury|
|Nott. Forest / Arsenal|
|Man United / Aston Villa|
When are the FA Cup 4th round matches scheduled?
The fourth-round matches will be slated for the weekend of Feb. 5-6, with matches potentially slotted on the Friday (Feb. 4) or the Monday (Feb. 7) depending on available television slots.
Every month until the final on May 14 at Wembley Stadium is scheduled to see at least one round of FA Cup matches played, except for March — when two rounds will be played (Round of 16 and quarterfinals).
- Fourth round: Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 5-6
- Round of 16 (fifth round): Wednesday, March 2
- Quarterfinals: Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20
- Semifinals: Saturday, April 16
- Final: Saturday, May 14