The FA Cup draw for the third round draw takes place at 7pm tonight with Premier League and Championship sides entering the competition for the first time this season. Magic, giant killings and ball numbers at the ready. It's very nearly time. Here's how to watch the FA Cup draw for the third round live.
The BBC and BT Sport have rights to show the FA Cup in the UK, and both will broadcast the third round FA Cup draw live. It will be free to air on BBC One, the BBC iPlayer and BBC Sport website, though those outside the UK will need a VPN to access the free live stream. BT Sport subscribers will also be able to see Canvey vs Boreham Wood, the final second round fixture, following the draw.
This is one of most anticipated events on the football calendar, with clubs from the top two tiers of English football entering the world's longest-running cup competition, creating the possibility of non-league sides welcoming the stars of Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool to their home ground.
Those non-league teams include Chorley, who beat Peterborough at the weekend, and eighth-tier Marine who scored a 120th-minute winner against Havant and Waterlooville. One of either Canvey or Boreham Wood will also be through by the end of the evening.
Though the FA Cup draw for the third round is tonight, we'll have to wait until next year to see whichever ties are drawn, with the FA Cup set to resume across the weekend of Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th January 2021.
Due to a congested fixture list, there will be no FA Cup replays this season, with all ties needing to be settled on the day via extra time and a shoot-out if necessary.
Read on to find out how to access a full season of thrilling FA Cup action.
The ball numbers to look out for
3 Aston Villa
8 Brighton & Hove Albion
14 Crystal Palace
19 Leeds United
20 Leicester City
23 Manchester City
24 Manchester United
27 Newcastle United
34 Sheffield United
39 Tottenham Hotspur
41 West Bromwich Albion
42 West Ham United
43 Wolverhampton Wanderers
49 Stockport County
60 Canvey Island or Boreham Wood
Watch the FA Cup free in the UK
The BBC shares rights to show the FA Cup in the UK, with a pick of games from each round and broadcast rights to show the final. All the games chosen will be free to view for UK license fee payers, on TV and online via BBC iPlayer. If you're a UK citizen and out of the country, don't forget to use a VPN to access BBC iPlayer.
The FA Cup third round draw will be shown on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website from 7pm, Monday 30 November.
Watch the FA Cup from abroad using a VPN
UK citizens away from home or stuck abroad will need a VPN to access BBC iPlayer from outside the UK. The service will know your location based on your IP address, and will automatically block your access – even if you’re a UK national.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) helps you get around this obstacle. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and the internet, such that the servers and services you’re accessing aren’t aware of what you’re doing. All the information passing back and forth is entirely encrypted.
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Once you’ve made your choice, all you need to do is sign in to your VPN service through whichever device you’d like to use to watch the match. When prompted to select a server, you need to pick one which is based in the country whose content you’d like to access. Then navigate to the relevant video streaming app or website and you’re in.
Watch the FA Cup in 4K
BT Sport shares the rights to broadcast the FA Cup with the BBC, also getting its pick of the matches from each round, and showing the final. What's more, many will be shown in 4K Ultra HD.
BT Sport Ultimate is the channel you'll need to watch FA Cup fixtures in 4K HDR at 50fps. And if you're hooked up specifically on the BT TV platform, it's also available in with Dolby Atmos sound.
Want to access BT Sport Ultimate? For 4K sports on BT TV, it’s a case of upgrading or purchasing the Max 4K package, which will cost you £20 a month to add to an existing BT subscription, or £54.99 for the full shebang if you’re a new customer starting from scratch.
BT Sport Ultimate is not available on the Sky TV platform but anyone with an Xbox, PlayStation, Apple TV or compatible smart TV can watch the FA Cup in 4K HDR using the BT Sport app with the BT Sport Monthly Pass for just £25. No contract required.
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Watch the FA Cup in the USA
ESPN and ESPN+ have the rights to show the FA Cup in the US, as well as a host of English Football League games. All matches will be available in English and Spanish.
You can sign up to ESPN+, the channel's online streaming service. It costs from $4.99 per month.
UK viewer? You can watch certain FA Cup matches, and the third round draw, free on the BBC, and the BBC iPlayer streaming service. Outside the UK at the time of the game? No problem, license fee-payers can use a VPN, such as Nord VPN, to access the free BBC iPlayer live stream from anywhere on the world.