FA Cup set for dramatic revamp next season with replays ‘scrapped’

Replays could be axed from all rounds of the FA Cup next season as the powers that be look to deal with the fixture congestion that will be caused by the campaign starting late.

The 2020-21 season is not likely to get underway until mid-September at the earliest as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – almost a month later than usual.

As a result there will be a packed schedule for teams who progress in both the domestic cups and European competitions, with some most likely having to play two or three times a week on a regular basis.

According to The Sun, for this reason replays look set to be scrapped, with every tie being decided by extra time or penalties if a team has not won within 90 minutes.

Replays from the fifth round onwards had already been disposed of this season, with Norwich beating Tottenham on penalties at that stage.

And we could be set to see plenty more penalty shootouts in the competition in the 2020-21 campaign.

While the majority of teams are thought to approve of the move, some lower league teams may miss out financially if they manage to draw with a bigger side at home and are then denied the chance for a big payday by playing at their stadium in a replay.

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The lack of replays would extend to the six qualifying stages of the competition, including the extra preliminary round.

This season's FA Cup quarter-finals take place this weekend, with the semi-finals due to take place on July 18 and 19 and the final set to be played at Wembley on August 1.

Norwich host Manchester United in the first quarter final on Saturday, with Sheffield United v Arsenal, Leicester v Chelsea and Newcastle v Manchester City on Sunday.

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