Premier League clubs will go into the hat for the draw as they gear up for the prestigious competition in the new year
The FA Cup second round is due to take place this coming weekend, with 20 ties set to be contested to decide who progresses to the next stage.
Those 20 successful teams will enter the third round of the competition, where they will be joined by 64 new entrants, as they all strive towards winning England’s most prestigious cup competition.
With the third round draw just around the corner, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know.
WHEN IS THE FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW?
The FA Cup third round draw will take place on Monday, December 4.
It will be held following the conclusion of the second round fixtures, which take place across the preceding weekend and wrap up on Monday evening.
We do not know the exact details of who will conduct the draw, but the second round draw was conducted by former Manchester United striker Andrew Cole and ex-Bolton forward Kevin Davies.
HOW CAN I WATCH THE FA CUP THIRD ROUND DRAW?
The third round draw will be shown live on BT Sport 1 as part of the channel’s coverage of the last second round match between Slough Town and Rochdale.
If the second round draw is any indication, it will take place prior to that game kicking off, so before 19:45.
If you do not have access to a television, you can follow the draw live on the official FA Cup Twitter and Goal will also provide coverage.
WHAT TEAMS ARE IN THE DRAW?
The likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool enter the competition at this stage with the 44 Premier League and Championship clubs joining the 20 winners from the second round.
As such, a total of 64 clubs will be in the hat for the draw, meaning there will be 32 ties.
When do the FA Cup third round matches take place?
The FA Cup third round is due to take place on Saturday, January 6, 2018, so there will be a wait of over a month before the teams face off.
It is worth noting that not all games will necessarily occur on that exact date, with fixtures liable to be moved in order to facilitate television schedules.
Therefore, matches could potentially take place between Friday, January 5 and Monday, January 8.
WHO IS IN THE SECOND ROUND?
The likes of Blackburn Rovers, Charlton Athletic and Wigan Athletic are among the teams hoping to book their place in the third round.
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Interestingly, the third round could potentially feature three teams from level seven of the English football pyramid – or non-league football – with Isthmian League outfit Leatherhead, as well as Southern League duo Hereford and Slough Town in the second round.
Check out the full span of second round fixtures, including live TV broadcasts, below. You can also check out our full guide to this year’s tournament here.
|Dec 1||AFC Fylde vs Wigan Athletic||19:45||BBC|
|Dec 2||Notts County vs Oxford City||12:30||BT|
|Dec 2||MK Dons vs Maidstone United||15:00||No|
|Dec 2||Port Vale vs Yeovil Town||15:00||No|
|Dec 2||Shrewsbury Town vs Morecambe||15:00||No|
|Dec 2||Stevenage vs Swindon Town||15:00||No|
|Dec 2||Bradford City vs Plymouth Argyle||15:00||No|
|Dec 2||Gillingham vs Carlisle United||15:00||No|
|Dec 2||Forest Green Rovers vs Exeter City||15:00||No|
|Dec 2||Fleetwood Town vs Hereford||15:00||No|
|Dec 3||Woking vs Peterborough United||14:00||No|
|Dec 3||Newport County vs Cambridge United||14:00||No|
|Dec 3||Wycombe Wanderers vs Leatherhead||14:00||No|
|Dec 3||Doncaster Rovers vs Scunthorpe United||14:00||No|
|Dec 3||AFC Wimbledon vs Charlton Athletic||14:00||No|
|Dec 3||Mansfield Town vs Guiseley||14:00||No|
|Dec 3||Gateshead vs Luton Town||14:00||No|
|Dec 3||Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra||14:00||No|
|Dec 3||Coventry City vs Boreham Wood||14:00||No|
|Dec 4||Slough Town vs Rochdale||19:45||BT|