The Emirates FA Cup schedule for the early rounds of the 2020/21 season has been confirmed, with the competition due to start on Tuesday 1 September.
In order to assist in easing pressure on the football schedule, there will be no replays for the 2020/21 season in the qualifying competition. The schedule for the competition proper will be released in due course.
After two seasons of record levels of prize funds, the Emirates FA Cup prize fund has returned back in line with 2017/18 levels due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The schedule for the qualifying rounds is as follows:
Extra preliminary round: Tuesday 1 September 2020
Preliminary round: Saturday 12 September 2020
First round qualifying: Tuesday 22 September 2020
Second round qualifying: Saturday 3 October 2020
Third round qualifying: Tuesday 13 October 2020
Fourth round qualifying: Saturday 24 October 2020
The Stones enter the competition at the second round qualifying stage.
Dates for the first round proper and beyond are to be confirmed in due course.