2016 FAI Cup

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2016 FAI Cup
FAI Irish Daily Mail Cup
File:FAI Cup Irish Daily Mail.jpg
Country  Republic of Ireland
Teams 40

The 2016 FAI Senior Challenge Cup, also known as the 2016 FAI Irish Daily Mail Senior Cup for sponsorship reasons, is the 96th season of the national Football competition of the Republic of Ireland. The winners of the competition will earn a spot in the First Qualifying Round of the 2017-18 UEFA Europa League.

A total of 40 teams are competing in the 2016 competition, which commenced in April 2016. The teams entered from the 2016 League of Ireland Premier Division and First Division receive byes into the Second Round stage. Four non-league teams also received byes to the Second Round. The remaining 12 teams enter at the First Round stage. These non league teams are composed of the sixteen clubs which reached the Fourth Round of the 2015-16 FAI Intermediate Cup, and the Semi-Finalists of the 2015-16 FAI Junior Cup.


Round Clubs
Winners from
previous round
New entries
this round
Leagues entering at this round
First Round 40 16 N/A 16 Leinster Senior League
Munster Senior League
Ulster Senior League
Second Round 32 32 8 24 League of Ireland
Third Round 16 16 16 none none
Quarter-Finals 8 8 8 none none
Semi-Finals 4 4 4 none none
Final 2 2 2 none none

First Round

The draw for the First Round was made on 14 March 2016 at Abbotstown. 20 Non-League teams were included in the draw. [1]

First Round Replays

Second Round

The draw for the Second Round was made on 26 April 2016 at the Aviva Stadium. The 20 League of Ireland clubs were entered into this round.[2]

Second Round Replays

Third Round


  1. "2016 Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup First Round Draw". FAI.ie. 14 March 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "2016 Irish Daily Mail FAI Senior Cup Second Round Draw". FAI.ie. 26 April 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>