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English FA Scrap Replays from 2024/2025 Season

Boom RadioNG | April 18, 2024

The English Football Association have announced that there will be no replays in the FA Cup proper starting from the 2024-25 season as part of a new agreement with the Premier League.

This decision was reached after top-flight managers voiced their concerns at adding another game to an already congested calendar. At this season’s FA cup competition just like previous ones, all qualifying and proper matches up until the fifth round had replays.

The schedule is set to become even more hectic for teams in the upper echelons next year, when the revamped Champions League will feature 36 teams instead of 32, while FIFA’s expanded Club World Cup in 2025 will also be expanded to 32 clubs.

So for these reasons, calls for rematches to be scrapped have now been sanctioned by the FA as part of a new six-year agreement.

The governing body has announced that qualifying matches will still contain replays, but games from the first round onwards will be settled on the day with extra time and penalties if needs be.

In addition, the FA Cup final will also take place on the penultimate Premier League weekend, rather than it being played as the final fixture on the English football calendar but no top-flight games will take place that day.

English FA Cup
photo credit England FA

Furthermore, all fourth round, fifth round and quarter-final fixtures will be exclusive of Premier League fixtures, in changes that the FA made “in light of changes to the calendar driven by the expanded UEFA competitions.”

The mid-season winter break has also been abolished in favour of a longer summer recuperation period, allowing players a full three weeks off on the basis of “expert advice” from medical and technical professionals.”

The 2023-24 FA Cup finals take place this weekend, with holders Manchester City squaring off against Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday before Manchester United meet Championship outfit Coventry City on Sunday.

 

Dolupo Balogun

Written by Boom RadioNG

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