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FA Cup screened live on Facebook

An English FA Cup tie will make history on Friday night when it becomes the first ever sporting event to be beamed live on social network site Facebook.

The game between Ascot United and Wembley FC is an extra-preliminary round clash and will have a potential audience of more than 700 million.

The stream of the game is being sponsored by the FA Cup's new sponsors, Budweiser, who have launched series of innovations for this year's competition including letting the fans vote online for official man of the matches.

"Budweiser is committed to bringing the world's most prestigious knockout competition closer to the fans," said Budweiser's marketing director Ian Newell.

"What better way to demonstrate this than by broadcasting the very first kick to a global audience via Facebook?

"This is the first time an FA Cup tournament fixture has been broadcast live on the social network, which is great news for football fans and clubs alike."

The match will take place at Ascot's Racecourse ground and is one of 204 extra-preliminary fixtures which are expected to take place this weekend. Wembley FC are located two miles away from the famous stadium which is the final destination for all teams participating, but they would have to win 13 games to reach the final.

Matt Morris

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