FA Cup semi-final fixtures and TV schedules confirmed

FA Cup semi-final

Arsenal will play Manchester City on Saturday 18 July before Manchester United take on Chelsea on Sunday 19 July on FA Cup semi-final.

Both matches will be played at Wembley behind closed doors with no fans in attendance.

BT Sport will broadcast the first semi-final on Saturday evening before the BBC will screen the second on Sunday afternoon.

Arsenal reached the last four with a last-gasp win over Sheffield United while holders City cruised past Newcastle United.

United needed extra-time to get past Norwich while Chelsea proved too good for Leicester in the other quarter-final.

About FA CUP

The knockout tournament was set up in the 1871-72 season of the Football League; making it the oldest association-affiliated soccer tournament in the world; the inaugural edition was won by Wanderers and included 15 teams; of which Crystal Palace were one.

It’s uniqueness is based in the diversity of the teams involved, with any side in the top 10 tiers of English soccer eligible to take part and potentially make their way to the final at Wembley Stadium — which is one reason of many why we wanted to write this FA Cup beginner’s guide for you.

FA Cup beginner’s guide

Previously, winning the competition was a priority for the teams competing and for those who lifted the iconic trophy, a career highlight. However, in recent years the growth of the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League, plus the potential riches on offer in each, have prompted the elite into placing their priorities elsewhere.

Still, the FA Cup appeals to the traditionalist. Although cliches like “romance” and “magic” have grown a little tired, there’s an authenticity to the competition that’s unrivalled. Seeing a Premier League side travel to a inferior opponent and their humble surroundings still quickens pulses among those who follow the beautiful game.

They’re the kind of matches that, given the financial benefits, can keep a lower league side going for years. Plus, the perennial prospect of potential upsets is what ensures the FA Cup remains a big favorite among supporters.

FA Cup Full schedule

Saturday 18 July
Arsenal v Manchester City (7.45pm) (BT Sport 1)

Sunday 19 July
Manchester United v Chelsea (6pm) (BBC One)

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