The FA Cup is back for its 141st year. A total of 637 teams began qualifying in August, but just four are left in the semi-finals.

They include Premier League title contenders Man City and Liverpool, who are playing each other for the second time in less than a week. In the other tie, last season's beaten finalists Chelsea will take on Crystal Palace.

Palace are the only team left to have never won the competition - defeat to Man Utd in the 2016 final was the closest they've come. But Patrick Vieira's side will see this as a great opportunity for their first trophy in 31 years.

As usual, both semi-final matches will take place at Wembley Stadium. Here's how to watch all the action live, including if you're outside the UK.

Who's playing in the FA Cup this week?

The FA Cup semi-finals are taking place this weekend. Both matches are being broadcast live on UK TV - here are the channels and kick-off times you need to know:

Sat 16 Apr

  • Man City vs Liverpool - KO 5:15pm - BBC One/iPlayer/Online

Sun 17 Apr

  • Chelsea vs Crystal Palace - KO 4.30pm - ITV/ITV Hub

The winners of each match will face off in the final on 14 May 2022 at Wembley Stadium. For more information, there's a 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 came 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.

For games on ITV you can simply use the ITV Hub

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.

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