The structure of the FA Cup allows for some clubs to be exempt from the earlier rounds of the competition. The previous season's FA Challenge Trophy finalists and the two semi-professional clubs with the best records in recent competitions are exempt until the First Round of the competition proper. The 20 semi-professional clubs with the next best records are exempt until the last (4th) Qualifying Round. The 92 Premiership and Nationwide League clubs are automatically exempt to the competition proper. The Division Two and Three clubs participate from the First Round whilst the Premiership and Division One clubs do not enter the competition until the Third Round.
Altrincham, Ashford Town, Boreham Wood, Boston United, Colwyn Bay, Enfield, Farnborough Town, Hayes, Hendon, Hereford United, Kidderminster Harriers, Morecambe, Northwich Victoria, Runcorn, Rushden & Diamonds, Southport, St. Albans City, Stalybridge Celtic, Sudbury Town, Wisbech Town.
Dagenham & Redbridge, Hednesford Town, Stevenage Borough, Woking, all Nationwide League Division Two and Three clubs.
All FA Carling Premiership and Nationwide League Division One clubs.
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