The FA Cup is English Football's biggest competition. The FA Cup Final, played at London's iconic Wembley Stadium, brings the nation to a standstill and attracts millions of viewers from around the globe.
If you're lucky enough to get tickets to the event, you're in for a real treat – watching a moment of English football history from the stands at the iconic Wembley Stadium.
Those who choose to watch the match on TV are spoilt for choice in London. If you fancy a pint with your football, why not soak up the atmosphere in a traditional English pub while watching the game? Perhaps you'd prefer to watch in one of London's dedicated sports bars. It's an experience you'll savour for years to come.
For those not so keen on seeing the game: a hot tip is to hit the shops – they're usually nice and quiet during the match!
History of the FA Cup and Wembley Stadium
The FA Cup is the oldest and longest-running football (soccer) competition in the world.
It was first held in 1871-72 with entries from 15 clubs. Since then the FA Cup has grown considerably – 763 teams entered the competition last year.
The FA Cup Final was traditionally played at London's Wembley Stadium but extensive renovations to the venue meant it was held in Wales at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium from 2001-2006. In 2007, the FA Cup final returned to Wembley Stadium.
The FA Cup Final: Past and Present
What makes the FA Cup so exciting is the fact it's a knockout tournament, featuring teams from all levels of competition.
Entry is open to all professional English teams in the Premier League and Football League. Certain other clubs from the English football league system are also eligible.
So, as the season progresses, you may see a small local team play one of the world's biggest and best, often with thrilling results.
For sport and football fans alike, this is a London event that's not to be missed.
Last year, London club Arsenal retained the trophy after beating Aston Villa by four goals to zero, making them the most successful club in FA Cup history with a record 12 FA Cup wins.