The FA Cup – The Oldest Domestic Knockout Tournament In The World

The Football Association (FA) Challenge Cup or the FA Cup, as it is known popularly, is the most prestigious and oldest domestic knock out tournament in world football.

The format of the tournament has changed a bit since its was first contested during the year 1872. Every year, several teams from many leagues across England and Wales fight for the FA Cup. The only requirement for participation in the tournament is that the clubs need to be registered with the Association, playing in a well known league and having access to a stadium for home games. Teams are randomly paired for every round, and drawn games are replayed. Results of replay matches are ensured with penalty shootouts and extra-time.

August is the month when the preliminary rounds for the teams in the lower leagues are drawn. Teams in English football’s higher flights automatically qualify for the next stages of the tournament, & mainly in the 3rd round are most often drawn against the lower-league-clubs. These encounters result in making the Cup odds a good collection for punters. Official competition’s rounds culminate in 2 semi-finals played at neutral-grounds to be followed by the popular FA Cup Final at Wembley at the end of May. Besides the coveted trophy & prize money, the victors get automatic entry to in next season’s Europa League.

Few who’ve been watching the stars of today competing in the Cup are familiar with its humble beginnings. During the 1872, merely 2000 spectators had watched the defeat of Royal Engineers. The Wanderers had defeated them by 1-0 at the Oval. In the new century, the Cup became the much talked about one amongst people. Tens of thousands of football fans flocked to watch their football heroes do battle at Crystal Palace, Old Trafford and Stanford Bridge. By the 1950s, crowds of over 100,000 routinely attended the FA Cup Final at the Wembley Empire Stadium.

As English football’s top flight is becoming more competitive year after year, teams such as Aston Villa and Arsenal are sure to do their best in trying to win this season’s trophy.

10% Off 11-12 Arsenal Home Kit & Shirt This Week On UKSoccerShop

This week only (except the weekend; ends midnight on Friday May 13th 2011): 10% off Arsenal’s new 11-12 home kit & shirt from UKSoccerShop. No coupon needed. We’ve already covered the 11-12 Arsenal home kit & shirt here.

11-12 Arsenal Home Kit & Shirt On Pre-Order

Another London based club released their new home kit for the 11-12 season. Keeping up with the same classic, red and white design, Arsenal will don this while trying one more time to get their hands on the Premier League title. The major changes are at the collar, which is red instead of white, and the logo which was made to look more like the initial one due to the clubs’ upcoming 125 years anniversary. On top of that, the shorts are black. You can buy the kit on Kitbag. It will start shipping on June 9th 2011. Here are the most important kit items:

11-12 Arsenal Home Shirt – buy here

11-12 Arsenal Home Shirt

11-12 Arsenal Home Shirt

11-12 Arsenal Home Shirt Long Sleeved – buy here

11-12 Arsenal Home Shirt Long Sleeved

11-12 Arsenal Home Shirt Long Sleeved

11-12 Arsenal Home Shirt Kids – buy here

11-12 Arsenal Home Shirt Kids

11-12 Arsenal Home Shirt Kids

11-12 Arsenal Home Shirt Women – buy here

11-12 Arsenal Home Shirt Women

11-12 Arsenal Home Shirt Women

11-12 Arsenal Home Shorts – buy here

11-12 Arsenal Home Shorts

11-12 Arsenal Home Shorts

11-12 Arsenal Home Socks – buy here

11-12 Arsenal Home Socks

11-12 Arsenal Home Socks

Have your say on Arsenal’s new home kit in the comments section.

New Arsenal Fashion Range

As we said in our previous post, there are some new fashion items released by Nike as well. Some of those feature Arsenal. Here they are:

Arsenal Core Cotton T-Shirt – buy here

Arsenal Core Cotton T-Shirt

Arsenal Core Cotton T-Shirt

Arsenal Authentic AW77 Hoodie – buy here

Arsenal Authentic AW77 Hoodie

Arsenal Authentic AW77 Hoodie

Arsenal Authentic N98 Jacket – buy here

Arsenal Authentic N98 Jacket

Arsenal Authentic N98 Jacket

Let us know what you think of these items in the comments.

Up To 60% Off Soccer Equipment At The UKSoccerShop Winter Sale

New sale from UKSoccerShop in which they offer big savings on soccer equipment from top European teams. You may want to grab a Christmas soccer gift on the cheap. Here’s what’s on sale:



10-11 AC Milan Training Jersey – was £29.99 now £16
09-10 AC Milan Tracksuit (Kids) – was £69.99 now £40
09-10 Arsenal Little Boys 3rd Kit – was £34.99 now £20
09-10 Arsenal Home Shirt (Kids) – was £34.99 now £20
08-09 Arsenal Away Shirt – was £39.99 now £22
09-10 Arsenal Travel Polo (Red) – was £27.99 now £14

09-10 Atletico Madrid Little Boys Home Kit – was £44.99 now £20
09-10 Atletico Madrid Training Shirt (Red) – was £27.99 now £15
09-10 Ajax Away Shirt – was £44.99 now £24.99
10-11 Algeria Home Shirt – was £44.99 now £20
10-11 Algeria Home Shirt (Bougherra 2) – was £59.99 now £30

09-10 Atalanta Home Shirt – was £49.99 now £24.99
09-10 Barcelona Little Boys Home Kit – was £55 now £25
09-10 Barcelona Home Shirt (Kids) – was £54.99 now £25
09-10 Barcelona Rainjacket (Blue) – was £49.99 now £25
09-10 Barcelona Pre-Match Top (Blue) – was £27.99 now £15

10-11 Brazil Little Boys Away Kit – was £44.99 now £24.99
10-11 Brazil Travel Polo (Green) – was £29.99 now £16
10-11 Brazil Hoody (Grey) – was £44.99 now £24.99
10-11 Brazil Core Federation Tee – was £19.99 now £10
10-11 Bordeaux Home Shirt – was £44.99 now £26.99

09-10 Chelsea Home Shirt Long Sleeved – was £44.99 now £24.99
09-10 Chelsea Home Shorts – was £19.99 now £10
09-10 Chelsea Little Boys Home Kit – was £39.99 now £15
09-10 Chelsea Little Boys Away Kit – was £44.99 now £24.99
09-10 Chelsea Tracksuit (Kids) – was £69.99 now £40

10-11 Czech Republic Away Shirt – was £44.99 now £24.99
10-11 Czech Republic Away Shirt (Rosicky 10) – was £54.99 now £30
10-11 Celtic Training Shirt Black – was £27.99 now £15
08-09 Celtic Home Shirt – was £39.99 now £15

10-11 Denmark Home Shirt – was £44.99 now £20
10-11 Denmark Home Shirt (Bendtner 8 ) – was £54.99 now £30
10-11 Denmark Home Shirt (Agger 4) – was £54.99 now £30
10-11 England Training Shirt (Black) – was £27.99 now £12

10-11 France Home Shirt – was £44.99 now £24.99
10-11 France Home Shirt (Zidane 10) – was £54.99 now £30
10-11 France Away Shirt – was £44.99 now £24.99
10-11 France Away Shirt (Gourcuff 8 ) – was £54.99 now £30

09-10 Fiorentina Away Shirt – was £44.99 now £24.99
09-10 Fiorentina Away Shirt (Mutu 10) – was £54.99 now £30
09-10 Feyenoord Home Shirt – was £44.99 now £20
10-11 Greece Home Shirt – was £44.99 now £24.99
10-11 Greece Home Shirt (Samaras 7) – was £54.99 now £30

10-11 Holland Away Shirt (Kids) – was £39.99 now £22
10-11 Holland Away Shorts (Kids) was £19.99 now £12
10-11 Holland Sneijder Tee – was £22.99 now £10
10-11 Holland Federation Tee – was £22.99 now £10
08-09 Hungary Home Shirt – was £44.99 now £24.99

10-11 Arsenal Home Kit & Shirt Released

The new Arsenal home kit and shirt for the 10-11 season is out (we’ve already covered the 10-11 Arsenal away shirt & kit here). Right now you can only pre-order it as it’ll be fully released on July 29th in the UK and late July (no fixed date) in the US. You can buy the kit from Kitbag, UKSoccerShop and Soccer.com. The design is neat and simple; quite classic. Here are the most interesting kit items:

10-11 Arsenal Home Shirt – buy from Kitbag (or UKSoccerShop | Soccer.com)

10-11 Arsenal Home Shirt

10-11 Arsenal Home Shirt

10-11 Arsenal Home Shirt Long Sleeved – buy from Kitbag (or UKSoccerShop)

10-11 Arsenal Home Shirt Long Sleeved

10-11 Arsenal Home Shirt Long Sleeved

10-11 Arsenal Home Shirt Kids – buy from Kitbag (or UKSoccerShop | Soccer.com)

10-11 Arsenal Home Shirt Kids

10-11 Arsenal Home Shirt Kids

10-11 Arsenal Home Shirt Women – buy from Kitbag (or UKSoccerShop)

10-11 Arsenal Home Shirt Women

10-11 Arsenal Home Shirt Women

10-11 Arsenal Home Shorts – buy from Kitbag (or UKSoccerShop | Soccer.com)

10-11 Arsenal Home Shorts

10-11 Arsenal Home Shorts

10-11 Arsenal Home Socks – buy from Kitbag (or UKSoccerShop | Soccer.com)

10-11 Arsenal Home Socks

10-11 Arsenal Home Socks

10-11 Arsenal Home Goalkeeper Shirt – buy from Kitbag (or UKSoccerShop)

10-11 Arsenal Home Goalkeeper Shirt

10-11 Arsenal Home Goalkeeper Shirt

Let us know what’s your take on Arsenal’s kit & shirt for the 10-11 season in the comments.

10-11 Arsenal Away Shirt & Kit Out And Good For Pre-Order

Yep, starting about a week ago one can pre-order Arsenal’s new 10-11 away shirt & kit (we also cover the 10-11 Arsenal home kit & shirt here). The kit is due to be released July 13th in the UK and late July in the US, which is when it’ll be shipped to you in case you’re going to buy it. You can do that from Kitbag, Soccer.com or World Soccer Shop. Truth be told the kit looks neat and simple; Nike switched from pin-striped blue back to yellow. Both are fine as long as I’m concerned.

Here are the most important kit items:

10-11 Arsenal Away Shirt – buy from Kitbag (or Soccer.com | World Soccer Shop)

10-11 Arsenal Away Shirt

10-11 Arsenal Away Shirt

10-11 Arsenal Away Shirt Kids – buy from Kitbag (or Soccer.com | World Soccer Shop)

10-11 Arsenal Away Shirt Kids

10-11 Arsenal Away Shirt Kids

10-11 Arsenal Away Shirt Long Sleeved – buy from Kitbag

10-11 Arsenal Away Shirt Long Sleeved

10-11 Arsenal Away Shirt Long Sleeved

10-11 Arsenal Away Shorts – buy from Kitbag (or Soccer.com | World Soccer Shop)

10-11 Arsenal Away Shorts

10-11 Arsenal Away Shorts

10-11 Arsenal Away Socks – buy from Kitbag (or Soccer.com | World Soccer Shop)

10-11 Arsenal Away Socks

10-11 Arsenal Away Socks

10-11 Arsenal Away Kit Little Kids – buy from Kitbag

10-11 Arsenal Away Kit Little Kids

10-11 Arsenal Away Kit Little Kids

10-11 Arsenal Away Kit Infants – buy from Kitbag

10-11 Arsenal Away Kit Infants

10-11 Arsenal Away Kit Infants

Let us know what you think of the new Arsenal away kit in the comments.

09-10 Arsenal Third Shirt & Third Kit Out And Available For Pre-Order

Some good news for today: Arsenal’s 09-10 third kit and third shirt are available for pre-order on Kitbag. Official launch is scheduled for July 23rd and that’s when the kits/shirts will start ship. Here’s a full list of items contained in the kit. And here are some of the most important/interesting ones:

09-10 Arsenal Third Shirt – buy here (US visitors buy here)

09-10 Arsenal Third Shirt

09-10 Arsenal Third Shirt

09-10 Arsenal Third Shirt Long Sleeved – buy here

09-10 Arsenal Third Shirt Long Sleeved

09-10 Arsenal Third Shirt Long Sleeved

09-10 Arsenal Third Shirt Kids – buy here

09-10 Arsenal Third Shirt Kids

09-10 Arsenal Third Shirt Kids

09-10 Arsenal Third Shorts – buy here

09-10 Arsenal Third Shorts

09-10 Arsenal Third Shorts

09-10 Arsenal Third Socks – buy here

09-10 Arsenal Third Socks

09-10 Arsenal Third Socks

Arsenal’s New Training And Leisurewear Range Out

We’ve got good news today for Arsenal fans: the teams’ training and leisurewear range is available for sale on Kitbag with some fine items included. You can check out the full list here. In the meantime, we’re going to list some of the more interesting items out of it here for your pleasure:

Arsenal Travel Polo Shirt Red/Silver/Silver – buy here

09-10 Arsenal Travel Polo Shirt

09-10 Arsenal Travel Polo Shirt

Arsenal Line Up Jacket Red/Red/White – buy here

09-10 Arsenal Line Up Jacket

09-10 Arsenal Line Up Jacket

Arsenal Woven Warm Up Jacket Red/Silver – buy here

09-10 Arsenal Woven Warm Up Jacket

09-10 Arsenal Woven Warm Up Jacket

Arsenal Training Top Red/Silver/Silver – buy here

09-10 Arsenal Training Top Red/Silver/Silver

09-10 Arsenal Training Top Red/Silver/Silver

Arsenal Training Top True Red/Dark/Obsidian – buy here

09-10 Arsenal Training Top True Red/Dark/Obsidian

09-10 Arsenal Training Top True Red/Dark/Obsidian

Premiership Sale: Up To 75% Off 08-09 Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool Equipment And More

Clearance sales are starting to roll and UKSoccerShop is out with a new one in which they offer up to 75% off Premier League soccer equipment from various teams. They’re trying to clear their stock and make way for the new 09-10 items which we’ll cover ourselves as soon as they’re out.

Here’e the full list of what’s on offer:

08-09 Arsenal away shirt (Kids) – £22
08-09 Arsenal away shorts (Kids) – £12
08-09 Arsenal away socks – £6
08-09 Arsenal Little Boys away kit – £20
08-09 Arsenal Pre-Match training jersey (yellow) – £12
08-09 Arsenal Pre-Match training jersey (white) – £12
08-09 Arsenal Pre-Match training jersey (white) – Kids – £10
08-09 Arsenal training jersey (red) – £14
08-09 Arsenal Training jersey (red) Kids – £12

08-09 Aston Villa L/S home shirt – £24.99
08-09 Aston Villa away shirt – £24.99 -
08-09 Aston Villa away shirt (Barry 6) – £30 -
08-09 Aston Villa training jersey (navy) – £12

08-09 Bolton home shirt – £19.99 -
08-09 Bolton home shirt (Elmander 9) – £29.99
08-09 Bolton home shirt (Taylor 7) – £29.99
08-09 Bolton home shirt (Davies 14) – £29.99
08-09 Bolton away shirt – £19.99

08-09 Blackburn home shirt – £22.99
08-09 Blackburn home shirt (Kids) – £19.99
08-09 Blackburn home shorts – £10
08-09 Blackburn away shirt (Kids) – £19.99

08-09 Birmingham home shirt – £19.99
08-09 Birmingham away shirt – £15

08-09 Chelsea home shirt – £20
08-09 Chelsea home shirt (kids) – £15
08-09 Chelsea home shirt (Lampard 8 ) – £30
08-09 Chelsea home socks – £5
08-09 Chelsea L/S home shirt – £25
08-09 Chelsea L/S home shirt (kids) – £20
08-09 Chelsea away shirt – £22.50
08-09 Chelsea away shirt(Kids) – £22.50
08-09 Chelsea 3rd shirt – £20
08-09 Chelsea 3rd shirt (Kids) – £15
08-09 Chelsea Little Boys 3rd kit – £20
08-09 Chelsea Sweat Top (blue) – £20

08-09 Liverpool away shirt (Kids) – £24.99 -
08-09 Liverpool 3rd shirt( Kids) – £24.99
08-09 Liverpool 3rd socks – £6
08-09 Liverpool away Minikit – £20 -
08-09 Liverpool 3rd Minikit – £20 -
08-09 Liverpool Training shirt (black) – £15
08-09 Liverpool Training shirt (onyx) – £12
08-09 Liverpool training shirt (white) – £14
08-09 Liverpool Presentation Tracksuit (grey) – £45
08-09 Liverpool Sweat Top (grey) – £20
08-09 Liverpool Sweat Top (black) – £20
08-09 Liverpool Polo shirt (white) – £12
08-09 Liverpool Windtop – £20

08-09 Newcastle L/S away shirt – £20 -
08-09 Newcastle away shirt – £20 -

08-09 QPR away shirt – £19.99
08-09 QPR 3rd shirt – £19.99

08-09 Reading home shirt – £19.99
08-09 Reading away shirt – £19.99

08-09 Sunderland home shirt- £22.99
08-09 Sunderland home shirt (Kids) – £19.99
08-09 Sunderland L/S home shirt – £24.99
08-09 Sunderland home shorts – £10
08-09 Sunderland home socks – £5
08-09 Sunderland away shirt – £24.99

08-09 Tottenham home shirt – £22.99
08-09 Tottenham home shirt – Kids – £19.99
08-09 Tottenham away shirt – £19.99
08-09 Tottenham away shirt – Kids – £15
08-09 Tottenham L/S home shirt – £24.99
08-09 Tottenham L/S away shirt – £24.99
08-09 Tottenham home shorts (Kids) – £10
08-09 Tottenham Womens home shirt – £22.99

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