The FA Cup is back for its 141st year. A total of 637 teams are eligible for the competition, but just 64 are left in the third round.

This is the point at which Premier League and Championship clubs join the competition, raising the prospect of some giant killings. Leicester City are the holders, having defeated Chelsea to win the trophy for the very first time.

It's worth noting that there are no replays throughout this season's FA Cup, meaning ties will go to extra time and then penalties if level after 90 minutes. With Man City well clear in the Premier League, the FA Cup is a great opportunity for other top sides to win some silverware. 

Here's how to watch all the action, including if you're outside the UK.

Who's playing in the FA Cup this weekend?

FA Cup third-round weekend is always an exciting time, with a total of 32 games taking place across four days. Here are all the ties being broadcast live on UK TV:

Fri 7 Jan

  • Swindon vs Man City - KO 20.00 - ITV

Sat 8 Jan

  • Millwall vs Crystal Palace - KO 12.45 - ITV
  • Chelsea vs Chesterfield - KO 17.30 - BBC Red Button/online
  • Hull City vs Everton - KO 17.30 - BBC One
  • Swansea vs Southampton - KO 17.30 - BBC One Wales/online
  • Yeovil vs Bournemouth - KO 17.30 - BBC (online only)

Sun 9 Jan

  • West Ham vs Leeds - KO 14.00 - ITV
  • Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal - KO 17.10 - ITV

Mon 10 Jan

  • Man Utd vs Aston Villa - KO 19.55 - BBC One

The draw for the fourth round will take place after the West Ham vs Leeds match has finished, at around 16.50 UK time. For more information, there's a handy guide to all fixtures and results on the FA website.

Where to watch the FA Cup in the UK

The FA Cup is exclusively broadcast on free-to-air channels in the UK this season, after BT Sport's contract game to an end.

As a result, TV rights will be shared between the BBC and ITV this season.The two broadcasters will share the top picks for each round and show one semi-final match, with both channels showing the final on 14 May 2022.

Both are free to watch, provided you have a TV licence. This currently costs £159 per year, and is a requirement if you watch any live TV or use BBC iPlayer. Once that's sorted, just navigate to BBC One on your TV or head to iPlayer to start streaming. 

Not in the UK? Not a problem

Watching the FA Cup in the UK is easy, but you can still watch the BBC and ITV from abroad using a VPN.

This allows you to connect to encrypted servers and appear in another country, complete with a new IP address that can't be traced back to you. That makes it a good option to protect your privacy, too.

A particularly good option is NordVPN, which you can look at here. Simply installing on your computer, phone or tablet will allow you to watch the matches if you're outside the UK. For more great options, check our our best VPN chart.

Learn more in our separate guides on how to watch BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub from abroad.

Want more football? Here's how to watch the Premier League, Champions League, Europa League and Carabao Cup.