2013 FAI Cup
The 2013 FAI Senior Challenge Cup, also known as the 2013 FAI Ford Senior Cup, was the 93rd season of the national football competition of the Republic of Ireland. The winners of the competition earned a spot in the first qualifying round of the 2014-15 UEFA Europa League.
A total of 40 teams are competing in the 2013 competition, which commenced on the weekend ending on 31 March 2013. The teams entered from the 2013 League of Ireland Premier Division and First Division received byes into the second round stage. Four non-league clubs also received byes to the second round. The remaining 12 teams entered at the first round stage. These non-league teams are composed of the sixteen clubs, which reached the fourth round of the 2012–13 FAI Intermediate Cup and the seni-finalists of the FAI Junior Cup 2012-13.
First roundThe draw for this round was conducted by FAI President Paddy McCaul at the FAI headquarters in Abbotstown on 5 March 2013. 16 of the 20 non-League of Ireland clubs are participating in this round, with the remaining 4 clubs earning a bye to the Second round. The matches were played on the weekend ending 31 March 2013.
First Round Replays
The draw for the second round was made live on Monday Night Soccer on 29 April. The draw was made by FAI President Paddy McCaul and Nicky Byrne, a former international goalkeeper for Republic of Ireland youth sides and former member of the boy band Westlife.