The match officials taking charge in the Emirates FA Cup third round include a VAR

The Emirates FA Cup provides the first major date of 2018’s football calendar, when the third round proper kicks-off this weekend.

With 32 ties taking place across Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, there’s no shortage of action and we can now reveal the match officials who will be taking charge of all the fixtures.

And with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system being trialled in selected ties from the third round onwards, this also includes the addition of two designated VAR officials for the tie between Brighton & Hove Albion and Crystal Palace on Monday 8 January.

Neil Swarbrick is the official who will be the first-ever VAR in a competitive fixture in England and he will be assisted at the Amex Stadium by Peter Kirkup at the final tie of the weekend, which is also being screened live on BT Sport.

See the full list of Emirates FA Cup match officials below.

1 Ipswich Town v Sheffield United  Referee Michael Jones Assistant referees Robert Hyde & Ian Cooper Fourth official Graham Horwood

2 Watford v Bristol City Referee Craig Pawson Assistant referees Stuart Burt & James Mainwaring Fourth official Mark Heywood

3 Birmingham City v Burton Albion Referee Jeremy Simpson Assistant referees Adam Crysell & John Flynn Fourth official Antony Coggins

4 Liverpool v Everton Referee Robert Madley Assistant referees Marc Perry & Adrian Holmes Fourth official Jonathan Moss

5 Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace Referee Andre Marriner Assistant referees Scott Ledger & Richard West Fourth official Graham Scott VAR & AVAR Neil Swarbrick & Peter Kirkup

6 Aston Villa v Peterborough United  Referee Robert Jones Assistant referees Philip Dermott & Steven Meredith Fourth official Peter Gibbons

7 AFC Bournemouth v Wigan Athletic Referee Andrew Madley Assistant referees Harry Lennard & Matt Foley Fourth official Charles Breakspear

8 Coventry City v Stoke City  Referee Martin Atkinson Assistant referees Matthew Wilkes & Nick Greenhalgh Fourth official Paul Tierney

9 Newport County v Leeds United  Referee Michael Dean Assistant referees Simon Long & Dan Cook Fourth official Kevin Johnson

10 Bolton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town Referee Roger East Assistant referees Andrew Halliday & Jonathan Hunt Fourth official Martin Coy

11 Yeovil Town v Bradford City Referee John Brooks Assistant referees Samuel Ogles & Matthew Lee Fourth official Adam Bromley

12 Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Referee Jonathan Moss Assistant referees Sian Massey-Ellis & Edward Smart Fourth official Kevin Friend

13 Brentford v Notts County Referee Tim Robinson Assistant referees Michael George & Darren Blunden Fourth official Craig Hicks

14 Queens Park Rangers v Milton Keynes Dons Referee James Linington Assistant referees Mark Dwyer & Lee Venamore Fourth official Nicholas Kinseley

15 Manchester United v Derby County  Referee Kevin Friend Assistant referees Michael McDonough & Neil Davies Fourth official David Coote

16 Exeter City v West Bromwich Albion Referee Lee Mason Assistant referees Derek Eaton & Mark Russell Fourth official Brett Huxtable

17 Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale Referee Andy Woolmer Assistant referees David Avent & Paul Hodskinson Fourth official Matthew Donohue

18 Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Wimbledon Referee David Coote Assistant referees Adam Nunn & Daniel Leach Fourth official Andre Marriner

19 Middlesbrough v Sunderland Referee Christopher Kavanagh Assistant referees Akil Howson & Wayne Grunnill Fourth official Carl Boyeson

20 Fleetwood Town v Leicester City Referee Simon Hooper Assistant referees Peter Kirkup & Lee Betts Fourth Official Michael Salisbury

21 Blackburn Rovers v Hull City Referee Oliver Langford Assistant referees Mark Jones & Duncan Street Fourth official Tom Nield

22 Cardiff City v Mansfield Town  Referee Lee Probert Assistant referees Robert Merchant & Craig Taylor Fourth official Robert Lewis

23 Manchester City v Burnley  Referee Graham Scott Assistant referees Simon Bennett & Shaun Hudson Fourth official Andy Haines

24 Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United Referee Paul Tierney Assistant referees Steve Child & Mark Scholes Fourth official Robert Madley

25 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Swansea City Referee Anthony Taylor Assistant referees Ian Hussin & Geoffrey Russell Fourth official Graham Salisbury

26 Stevenage v Reading  Referee Ben Toner Assistant referees Nigel Lugg & Mark Griffiths Fourth official Alan Dale

27 Newcastle United v Luton Town Referee Neil Swarbrick Assistant referees Andrew Garratt & Billy Smallwood Fourth official Darren Handley

28 Millwall v Barnsley  Referee Darren Bond Assistant referees Mark Pottage & Anthony Da Costa Fourth official John Busby

29 Fulham v Southampton Referee Michael Oliver Assistant referees Daniel Robathan & Nick Hopton Fourth official Gavin Ward

30 Wycombe Wanderers v Preston North End Referee Peter Bankes Assistant referees Timothy Wood & Callum Walchester Fourth official Christopher O’Donnell

31 Norwich City v Chelsea Referee Stuart Attwell Assistant referees Simon Beck & Constantine Hatzidakis Fourth official Dean Whitestone

32 Carlisle United v Sheffield Wednesday Referee David Webb Assistant referees Barry Cropp & Barry Gordon Fourth official David Underwood

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