This season’s Emirates FA Cup competition prize fund is double that of last seaason and Yaxley FC are one of those non-league clubs hoping to cash in.
The Southern League Division One Central side are away at Daventry Town in a Preliminary Round tie tomorrow (August 25) and victory will see the Cuckoos benefit from the increased prize money on offer for the second round in succession. T
They have already picked up £2,250 following a convincing 3-1 away win against Eastern Counties League Division One North outfit Swaffham Town in the Extra Preliminary Round. They now know that a win tomorrow will secure another £2,890 in prize money to help with their ambitious projects on and off the pitch, all of which will positively impact the club and wider community in the years to come.
The list of improvements they are looking to make include the construction of an additional 50-seater stand, the installation of new turnstiles, the building of a new gatehouse and resurfacing the club carpark.
It’s the 138th edition of the world’s original cup competition this term, which saw over 1.8m supporters watch more than 11,000 players in action during last season’s campaign. All 368 clubs at the cup’s earliest stage were guaranteed a payment, regardless of their result. Winning clubs in the Extra Preliminary Round last season would have collected £1,500 from the prize fund, with losers taking home nothing. But this year, winners – including Yaxley – received £2,250 and losing clubs received £750, making a real difference to clubs across the football pyramid.
Andy Ambler, The FA’s Director of Professional Game Relations, said: “We’re very pleased that the Emirates FA Cup prize fund for this season’s competition has doubled to over £30.2m, with £4m of this guaranteed to be distributed to Non-League clubs. We’re confident this increased level of investment will have a positive and meaningful impact at every level of football in England, and I wish all clubs competing in this year’s Emirates FA Cup the very best of luck.”
Malcolm Clements, Yaxley FC chairman, said: “Participating in the Emirates FA Cup is a dream come true for many players, and it’s also a chance to welcome others to our ground and build new relationships. The prize money and potential revenues on offer through playing in the Emirates FA Cup are very important to a Non-League club like Yaxley, and it’s brilliant to see the competition prize fund has doubled this year. We are all working hard to capitalise on this to help us develop and grow as a club, both on and off the pitch.”
The Emirates FA Cup - Season 2018-19
Round Dates (winning club prize money, losing club prize money)
Extra Preliminary Round (£2,250, £750) Weekend of Saturday 11 August 2018
Preliminary Round (£2,890, £960) Weekend of Saturday 25 August 2018
First Round Qualifying (£6,000) Weekend of Saturday 8 September 2018
Second Round Qualifying (£9,000) Weekend of Saturday 22 September 2018
Third Round Qualifying (£15,000) Weekend of Saturday 6 October 2018
Fourth Round Qualifying (£25,000) Weekend of Saturday 20 October 2018
First Round (£36,000) Weekend of Saturday 10 November 2018
Second Round (£54,000) Weekend of Saturday 1 December 2018
Third Round (£135,000) Weekend of Saturday 5 January 2019
Fourth Round (£180,000) Weekend of Saturday 26 January 2019
Fifth Round (£360,000) Weekend of Saturday 16 February 2019
Quarter Final (£720,000) Weekend of Saturday 16 March 2019
Semi-Final (£1,800,000, £900,000) Weekend of Saturday 6 April 2019
The Final (£3,600,000) Saturday 18 May 2019