FA Cup replays have been scrapped completely for the 2020/21 season in the hope that limiting the competition to one-off games will help ease the potential for fixture congestion.
FA cup replays have been scraped completely for the 2020/21 season as the competition will be decided on one-off games to help ease the congested fixture calendar caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Previous changes have already been made in the 2018/19 season as replays were scraped from the fifth round onwards, as result of fixture congestion experienced by clubs playing European matches.
The FA Cup final will be played on 15 May 2021. The FA Cup prize money has also been halved owing to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The winners will receive £1.8m, down from £3.6m last season, in line with the 2017-18 season.
The dates for each round of the 2020-21 competition has been confirmed by the FA as follows:
First round proper: Saturday 7 November 2020
Second round proper: Saturday 28 November 2020
Third round proper: Saturday 9 January 2021
Fourth round proper: Saturday 23 January 2021
Fifth round proper: Wednesday 10 February 2021
Quarter-finals: Saturday 20 March 2021
Semi-finals: Saturday 17 April 2021
The Final: Saturday 15 May 2021
The Carabao Cup Semi Finals has also been changed to single ties to be played at the home of the first club to be drawn out, with the first four rounds now taking place in consecutive weeks, kicking off in early September.
The Carabao Cup Final is set to take place at Wembley Stadium on 28 February 2021.
The EFL Trophy will begin on 8/9 September, while the Final will be played on 14 March in the Wembley Stadium
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