The BBC have chosen to announce this week the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round match they will stream weeks after the draws were completed.
The early rounds of the FA Cup qualifiers have been televised on the BBC since 2017, which has not only put non league clubs on the map, but also earned them a welcome financial boost for being on the telly.
A game from every stage is be live-streamed across BBC Sport’s digital platforms, allowing audiences to watch the game live on PC, mobile or connected TV. Matches will also be available live and on-demand on BBC iPlayer.
Steve Rudge, BBC Sport’s head of football, said: “We are delighted that audiences will be able to share in the passion of the FA Cup from the opening stage of the competition. To highlight the tournament from first kick to last will showcase the desire for success in the famous Cup throughout the football pyramid.”
David Newton, the FA’s head of competitions, said: “The Emirates FA Cup is the world’s most loved domestic cup competition.
“We’re delighted that the BBC is widening the competition’s reach by allowing fans the opportunity to follow the drama live, right from the very start through to the showpiece final at Wembley Stadium.”
Burton Park Wanderers’ FA Cup debut at home to AFC Sudbury will be broadcast live on the BBC Sport website, iPlayer and Red Button on Tuesday the 1st of September.
The 2020-21 FA Cup starts at the extra preliminary round that night – with the BBC game on at 19:45 BST, just weeks after Arsenal beat Chelsea in the 2019/20 cup final.
There are 20 new teams in the FA Cup this season, including United Counties League side Burton Park Wanderers, who are from Northamptonshire.
FA CUP QUALIFYING GAMES PREVIOUSLY TELEVISED:
Extra Preliminary Round – Litherland REMYCA (10) vs AFC Liverpool (9) (BBC)
Preliminary Round – South Shields (8) vs Bridlington Town (9) (BBC)
First Qualifying Round – Billericay Town (7) vs Didcot Town (8) (BBC)
Second Qualifying Round – Deeping Rangers (9) vs Kidderminster Harriers (6) (BBC)
Third Qualifying Round – Ashton Athletic (9) vs Chorley (6) (BBC)
Fourth Qualifying Round – St Albans City (6) vs Boreham Wood (5) (BBC)
Extra Preliminary Round – Haverhill Rovers (9) vs Haverhill Borough (10) (BBC)
Preliminary Round – Prestwich Heys (10) vs Radcliffe (8) (BBC)
First Qualifying Round – Maltby Main (9) vs Frickley Athletic (8) (BBC)
Second Qualifying Round – Lymington Town (9) vs Torquay United (6) (BBC)
Third Qualifying Round – Peterborough Sports (8) vs Chorley (6) (BBC)
Fourth Qualifying Round – Dunston UTS (9) vs Gateshead (5) (BBC)
Extra Preliminary Round – Punjab United vs Broadbridge Heath (BBC)
Preliminary Round – Heather St John’s vs Worcester City (BBC)
First Qualifying Round – Thatcham Town vs Salisbury (BBC)
Second Qualifying Round – Irlam vs York City (BBC)
Third Qualifying Round – Halesowen Town vs Altrincham (BBC)
Fourth Qualifying Round – Potters Bar Town vs Barnet (BBC) and York City vs Stockport County (BT Sport)
Fans gave their reaction as the BBC announce the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round match they will stream…
— Tim M (@Tim_________M) August 25, 2020
good to see non league teams getting publicity
— Callum Johnston (@_mufc_callum) August 25, 2020
Be hard with just fifty allowed.
— Terry Bagness (@TerryBagness) August 25, 2020
Brilliant news for the club and entire staff, a chance on national TV to show what the team can do 🔶🔷
— David Maycock (@DavidMaycock61) August 25, 2020
Fantastic news @AFCSudbury 😄
— Secure Check-in (@SecureCheckIn) August 25, 2020
@joe_grimwood: Going to be a great day for the club, hope to be back fit to be in the squad for it !
@DannyVarnfield: Sign me back up BPW!!
@JonDunhamNT: This is fantastic news for @official_bpw
@JoeStephenson96: First televised British football match with fans in attendance since March
Russell Escritt: Love this!!! Brilliant club with amazing people. Good luck everyone.
Craig Shipley: Love watching these matches, it’s what the cup is all about… unfortunately the magic dies at around Round 4 proper unless an underdog has progressed.
David Cannon: Proper cup competition – to bring some exposure of all local non league clubs who need you right now! ⚽️
Jason Lee: I’m just glad that the BBC are still showing the very early rounds of the FA Cup. It’s unbelievable how many fans still don’t realise that the qualifying exists. I always make time to watch these games.