The FA Cup is back for its 139th year. An incredible 736 teams have been whittled down to just 16, with all the remaining clubs all believing it could be their year.

While the competition runs from August to May, things really hot up when the Premier League and Championship teams join in the 3rd round.

Man City are the holders, having thrashed Watford 6-0 in last season's final to secure a domestic treble. With runaway leaders Liverpool set to win the Premier League, the other top sides will see the FA Cup as a great opportunity to secure a trophy.

Here's how to watch all the action, including if you're outside the UK.

Where can you watch the games in the UK?

The BBC and BT share will share TV rights to the competition until 2021. The two broadcasters will share the top picks for each round and one semi-final match, with both channels showing the final on 23 May.

The BBC is free if you have a TV licence, you'll just have to navigate to BBC One on your TV or head to BBC iPlayer. However, you'll need to subscribe to BT Sport to watch their games. 

The cheapest way of doing this will be with the Sport package, currently £15 a month for 24 months. Another popular option will be to combine it with a BT Broadband deal, with prices starting at £42.99 per month. Of course, there's more great live content on BT Sport, including every single Champions League game. 

BT Sport is also now offering Monthly Passes, considered to be a direct competitor to Now TV. For £25 a month, you can now get unlimited access to BT Sport contract-free, including the 4K-enabled BT Sport Ultimate. The flexibility across devices remains, as it can be used on all the Smart TVs, consoles, tablets and phones that are available to paid subscribers. See all the details here.

Facebook are also broadcasting a selection of games for the first time. Just head to the Watch tab of the app or site to start watching. 

BT Sport and the BBC will broadcast the FA Cup final on 23 May 2020. 

FA Cup fixture list

There's a handy guide to all the upcoming games on the FA website.

Due to fixture congestion, the 5th round will take place across four midweek nights. For the first time, Facebook will exclusively be broadcasting two of the fixtures, with all eight available to watch live. Here's all the key info you need.


  • Derby County vs Manchester United - KO 19.45 - BT Sport 1

Not in the UK? Not a problem

You can watch the FA Cup if you have a TV license to watch the BBC, but if you're on holiday outside the UK you can too by using a VPN. You'll also need it to watch BT Sport from abroad.

A VPN is software that allows you to access blocked content even if you're not in the country, and it also improves your privacy.

A particularly good option is NordVPN, which you can look at here. Simply installing on your computer, phone or tablet will allow you to watch the matches if you're outside the UK. Read our more detailed guide here.