Last updated on March 2nd, 2022
The difference between the Premier League and FA Cup
Number of teams involved
There are some Welsh teams that play in England too. These teams can feature in both the FA Cup and the Premier League, if they are eligible for both.
Frequency and duration of the competition
Number of matches played
Format of competition
Here was Leicester City’s road to the 2020/21 FA Cup final, where they had to win all of their games:
As such, the FA Cup can be considered as a sprint, while the Premier League is a marathon. So long as you are the most consistent team in the Premier League, you will be the champions after 38 games.
Only the FA Cup has a final
Presence of replays
Loan player rules
Prizes for winning competition
When comparing the 2020/21 prize money that the winners received in the Premier League and the FA Cup, the Premier League winners received a higher amount of prize money (£153.9 million vs £3.4 million).
Do FA Cup games count in Premier League?
Even though some of the FA Cup matches are played during the weekends, they are separate matches that do not count in the 38 matches of the Premier League.
This is because both the FA Cup and Premier League are separate competitions from each other. The FA Cup is also a separate competition from the EFL (League) Cup, and you can find out more in my comparison here.
Which is more prestigious: the FA Cup or the Premier League?
Some may even say that the Champions League is even more prestigious compared to the World Cup!
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