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FA Cup and FA Vase applications begin

28th February, 2020

Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League clubs can now apply online for a place in next season's FA Cup and FA Vase.

The application is ONLY available for online completion and online payment by credit or debit card, and an individual can make the payment with a personal card on the club's behalf.

The Entry Criteria & Ground Standards for FA Competitions 2020-21 is as follows and should be read before proceeding:

THE FA CUP
Clubs to be automatically accepted subject to the ground fully conforming to the minimum standard
Clubs in The Premier League, English Football League and in Steps 1, 2, 3 & 4 of The FA National League System.

Clubs must also be a participant in either The FA Trophy or The FA Vase Competitions in season 2020-21.

A Club participating at Steps 5 & 6 of The FA National League System in season 2019-20 shall be permitted to apply for entry. However, acceptance into the Competition will be subject to availability of places, which cannot be guaranteed.

Minimum Ground Standards
Clubs must have a ground where all home first team League matches are played, which fully conforms to a “G” grade of The FA National Ground Grading (appropriate to Step 6 of The FA National League System) or higher.

THE FA VASE
Clubs to be automatically accepted subject to the ground fully conforming to the minimum standard
Clubs in Steps 5 & 6 of The FA National League System.

A Club participating at Step 7 of The FA National League System in season 2019-20 shall only be permitted to apply for entry if it has applied for promotion to Step 6 for season 2020-21. However, acceptance into the Competition will be subject to such Club receiving promotion to Step 6 for season 2020-21.

Minimum Ground Standards
Clubs must have a ground where all home first team League matches are played, which fully conforms to a “H” grade of The FA National Ground Grading (appropriate to entry to Step 6 of The FA National League System) or higher.

Any Club with a ground which does not fully conform to the minimum ground standard, as referenced above, WILL NOT be permitted entry into a Competition by nominating an alternative ground solely for the purpose of being used in FA Competitions.

Details of The FA National Ground Grading requirements can be found under the following link http://www.thefa.com/get-involved/player/clubs-leagues/ground-grading


Click here to be taken to the online form.

On successful completion of the online application and online payment, you will receive an on screen confirmation and an automatic email confirmation will be sent to the participant from The FA.

However, this does NOT constitute acceptance into the specified competition(s).

The closing date is Wednesday 1st April, 2020.

A list of entries accepted will be published on www.TheFA.com in July 2020.

If you require any further information or assistance with completing the application please email competition.entries@thefa.com or call 0800 1691863 x 4583 / 4622.

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