The Football Association Challenge Trophy is a cup competition in English football.
The competition consists of teams the first to fourth League National League system part, ie the clubs from the three leagues in the Football Conference and the underlying settled regional championships Southern League, Isthmian League and Northern Premier League. Participants are therefore all fifth- to achtklassig. Teams from the more settled in the league pyramid below leagues take part in the FA Vase.
The competition was introduced in 1969 for semi-professional clubs. Originally the final match at Wembley took place, but was relocated during the renovation in Villa Park. After completion of the construction, the final matches will be returned to their rightful place again.
The trophy that the winner will receive, in 1905, donated by Ernest Cochrane to play out an international competition between teams from England, the United States and Canada. Thus, the development of the sport in the new world should be promoted. However, this competition was never carried out.
- Football competition in England