The Premier League has taken a short hiatus to allow top-flight clubs to begin their journeys in the 2021-22 FA Cup with the goal of reaching the final at Wembley Stadium on May 14.
The FA Cup tournament has reached the third round, the juncture when all Premier League and Championship clubs enter the competition and there have already been several upsets: Newcastle United lost at home to Cambridge United, Huddersfield knocked out another Premier League side Burnley, and the lowest-ranked side remaining, Kidderminster Harriers (sixth tier), is still alive after ousting second-tier strugglers Reading.
The complete third-round schedule follows below. Matches that ended in a draw after 90 minutes used extra time and a penalty-kick shootout (if necessary) to determine a winner. Three of the 32 matches featured Premier League head-to-heads: Manchester United hosts Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Monday, West Ham beat Leeds United 2-0 on Sunday and holders Leicester City overcame Watford 4-1.
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How to watch FA Cup 3rd Round matches
- Dates: Friday, Jan. 7, through Monday, Jan. 10
- TV channels: None
- Streaming: ESPN+ (subscription required)
The entirety of the FA Cup third round will be carried by ESPN+ throughout the weekend. The ESPN streaming platform has exclusive rights to the competition in the USA as well as England’s other domestic cup competition, the Carabao Cup or League Cup.
The 32-match slate featured 21 matches during an eight-hour window on Saturday, Jan. 8. The marquee match between Manchester United and Aston Villa closes out the round on Monday, Jan. 10.
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FA Cup 3rd Round matches (Jan. 7-10, 2022)
Sixty-four teams were in action in the FA Cup third round (Round of 64), with most of them hailing from the top two divisions of English football:
- English Premier League (first tier): 20 clubs
- English Championship (second tier): 24 clubs
- League One (third tier): 8 clubs
- League Two (fourth tier): 8 clubs
- National League (fifth tier): 3 clubs (Boreham Wood, Chesterfield, Yeovil Town)
- National League North/South (sixth tier): 1 club (Kidderminster Harriers)
Lower-division teams are noted in parentheses in the schedule below: CH = Championship (second tier); L1 = League One (third tier); L2 = League Two (fourth tier); NL = National League (fifth tier), NLNS = National League North/South (sixth tier).
|Fri., Jan. 7||Swindon Town (L2) 1, Manchester City 4||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Mansfield Town (L2) 2, Middlesbrough (CH) 3||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Hartlepool United (L2) 2, Blackpool (CH) 1||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Bristol City (CH) 0, Fulham (CH) 1 (a.e.t.)||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Burnley 1, Huddersfield Town (CH) 2||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Coventry City (CH) 1, Derby County (CH) 0||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Millwall (CH) 1, Crystal Palace 2||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Newcastle United 0, Cambridge United (L1) 1||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Peterborough (CH) 2, Bristol Rovers (L2) 1||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Barnsley (CH) 5, Barrow AFC (L2) 4 (a.e.t.)||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||West Brom (CH) 1, Brighton 2 (a.e.t.)||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Leicester City 4, Watford 1||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Kidderminster Harriers (NLNS) 2, Reading (CH) 1||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Port Vale (L2) 1, Brentford 4||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Wigan Athletic (L1) 3, Blackburn Rovers (CH) 2||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||QPR (CH) 1, Rotherham (L1) 1 (8-7 PKs)||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Boreham Wood (NL) 2, AFC Wimbledon (L1) 0||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Hull City (CH) 2, Everton 3 (a.e.t.)||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Chelsea 5, Chesterfield (NL) 1||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Birmingham (CH) 0, Plymouth Argyle (L1) 1 (a.e.t.)||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Swansea City (CH) 2, Southampton 3 (a.e.t.)||Highlights|
|Sat., Jan. 8||Yeovil Town (NL) 1, AFC Bournemouth (CH) 3||Highlights|
|Sun., Jan. 9||Luton Town (CH) 4, Harrogate Town (L2) 0||Highlights|
|Sun., Jan. 9||Stoke City (CH) 2, Leyton Orient (L2) 0||Highlights|
|Sun., Jan. 9||Cardiff City (CH) 2, Preston North End (CH) 1 (a.e.t.)||Highlights|
|Sun., Jan. 9||Charlton Athletic (L1) 0, Norwich City 1||Highlights|
|Sun., Jan. 9||Wolverhampton 3, Sheffield United (CH) 0||Highlights|
|Sun., Jan. 9||West Ham United 2, Leeds United 0||Highlights|
|Sun., Jan. 9||Tottenham Hotspur 3, Morecambe (L1) 1||Highlights|
|Sun., Jan. 9||Liverpool 4, Shrewsbury Town (L1) 1||Highlights|
|Sun., Jan. 9||Nottingham Forest (CH) 1, Arsenal 0|
|Mon., Jan. 10||Manchester United vs. Aston Villa||2:55 p.m.||ESPN+|
When is the FA Cup 4th Round draw?
- Date: Sunday, Jan. 9
- Time: 11:50 a.m. ET
- TV channel: None
- Stream: ESPN+
Before the final results of the FA Cup third round are all in, the fourth-round draw will have already taken place. All 16 matchups for the weekend of Feb. 5-6 will be determined.
- 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
The fourth-round draw will begin at 11:50 a.m. ET Sunday, prior to the Nottingham Forest vs. Arsenal match. The draw will also allow for a slot for the winner of the Aston Villa vs. Manchester United match that takes place a day later.