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The EFL Football Manager Cup

If you’re missing the thrill of seeing your team in action on the pitch, then we might just have the next best thing.

We’ve partnered with Mind and the EFL to bring you the EFL Football Manager Cup – an FM tournament that will take place over the next month. 

The EFL Football Manager Cup

54 clubs from across the EFL, each represented by a virtual manager, will face off in a straight knockout competition with the final two teams left standing facing off in the showpiece final in mid-May.

Here's how Round One looks... 

EFL FM Cup fixtures

As well as supporting your team during the tournament, you can also show your support for the EFL’s charity partner, Mind, the mental health charity. In these tough times their services are needed more than ever so while you’re being entertained by the action, please consider donating on this JustGiving page which will be open during the tournament.


•    First round match dates – Monday April 20th to Thurs April 23rd
•    The second round – week commencing April 27th
•    The ‘round of 16’ – week commencing May 4th
•    The quarter finals – May 11th to 14th
•    The semi-finals – Saturday May 16th
•    The final – Sunday May 17th


AFC Wimbledon – Rob Tuvey (Lifelong Supporter)
Birmingham City – Lee Camp (Player)
Blackburn Rovers – Adam Armstrong (Player)
Blackpool FC – Cameron Omar (Supporter)
Bolton Wanderers – Paul Huddy (Kitman)
Bradford City – Kieran Devanny (Supporter)
Brentford FC – Sam Jacques (Supporter)
Bristol City – Mikey Cobban (YouTuber/Supporter)
Bristol Rovers – Mikey Bell (Ex-Professional Rugby Player)
Carlisle United – Riegan Thompson (Supporter)
Charlton Athletic – Alex Avery (Marketing Manager)
Colchester United – Ollie Kensdale (Player)
Coventry City – Ryan Lawrence (Supporter)
Crawley Town – Joe Comper (Club Staff)
Crewe Alexandra – Jack Marsland (Supporter)
Derby County – Paul Wilson (Supporter)
Doncaster Rovers – Luke Benniston (Supporter)
Exeter City – Nicky Law (Player)
Forest Green Rovers – Chris Stokes (Player)
Fulham FC – Charlie Cooper (Star of This Country)
Huddersfield Town – Karlan Grant (Player)
Ipswich Town – Joe Fairs (Supporter)
Leeds United – Rob Callery 
Leyton Orient – Dan Williams 
Lincoln City – Thomas Kelsey (YouTuber)
Luton Town – George Osborn (Ukie)
Macclesfield Town – Daniel Fry (FM WEC Champion)
Mansfield Town – Jamie King (Supporter and FM Content Creator)
Middlesbrough – Neil Trewick (Supporter)
MK Dons – George Williams (Player)
Newport County – Gareth Swattridge (FM Researcher)
Northampton Town – Leigh Reeve (FM Creators’ Cup Champion)
Nottingham Forest – Joe Lolley (Player)
Oldham Athletic – Jonny Smith (Player)
Peterborough United – Kevin Chapman/Lollujo (YouTuber)
Plymouth Argyle – Luke Omega (Gamer)
Port Vale – Jim Martin
Portsmouth FC – Proudie (YouTuber)
Preston North End – James Moulding (Supporter)
Queens Park Rangers – Rob Roberts-Facey (Supporter)
Rochdale AFC – Elliott Howells (Supporter)
Rotherham United – Matt Neil (First-team Analyst)
Salford City – Cameron Burgess (Player)
Scunthorpe United – Harry Jamieson (Backroom staff)
Shrewsbury Town – Shaun Whalley (Player)
Southend United – Ellis Gamon (Supporter)
Stoke City - Tommy Williams (Supporter)
Swansea City – Gareth Richards (Supporter)
Swindon Town – Lewis Hathaway/FM Doop (FM Streamer)
Tranmere Rovers – James Knipe 
Walsall FC – Ryan Duckhouse
West Bromwich Albion – Romaine Sawyers (Player)
Wigan Athletic – Jordan Coyle
Wycombe Wanderers – Craig Anderson (Supporter)


54 teams across the EFL’s three divisions compete in a knockout tournament with the aim to crown one club as the EFL Football Manager Cup winner.

Due to there being 54 teams taking part, 10 teams have been given a bye into round two. This was determined by random during the first round draw and has been implemented to ensure 32 teams take part in round two.


• Matches to be played on FM20 Touch Versus mode, teams must play as themselves. 
• This is a straight knockout tournament, with all ties comprising one game. Each tie will go to Extra Time and Penalties, if necessary, to produce a winner. 
• The ‘Home’ team of each tie will host the match 
• Suspensions/Injuries won't carry over to the next round

Tags: FM20 Football Manager 2020


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