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FA Cup replays scrapped as major changes to competition announced

2024/04/18 11:40
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The FA and the Premier League have announced significant changes to the FA Cup format, starting from next season. 

Replays will be entirely scrapped from the first round proper, and the fifth round, which has been played midweek for the past five seasons, will now return to being held on weekends. This adjustment is necessary to adapt to the expanded Champions League schedule, which requires additional midweek slots.

Moreover, the FA Cup final will now be scheduled for the Saturday of the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season, ensuring no top-flight games will be played on the same day.

The mid-season break will be removed from the calendar to accommodate a mid-August start for the Premier League. This new agreement between the FA and the Premier League is set to last for a minimum of six years.

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2024-04-18 13h41m by banderson1976
As a football fan, I'm not happy with these changes to the FA Cup format. Removing replays takes away the opportunity for smaller teams to have a second chance against bigger clubs and potentially cause an upset. And moving the fifth round back to weekends means that it will be harder for fans to attend midweek matches. But the most disappointing change for me is the removal of the mid-season break. This break was important for players' physical and mental well-being, and now it's being sacrificed for
2024-04-18 13h25m by sjacksons_9_2_1
As a football fan, I'm optimistic about these changes to the FA Cup format. Removing replays will allow for a more streamlined competition and the return of weekend matches for the fifth round will make it more accessible for fans to attend. Plus, scheduling the final on a separate day from Premier League matches will give it the attention it deserves. I'm also happy to see the mid-season break being removed, as it always felt like an unnecessary interruption to the season. Overall, these changes seem like
2024-04-18 13h10m by ocollinsworth
As a football fan, I have mixed feelings about these changes. On one hand, I understand the need for a more compact schedule due to the expanded Champions League. But on the other hand, the FA Cup has always been a traditional part of the football calendar and I'm sad to see replays being scrapped. However, I am excited that the final will now be played on a weekend, making it easier for fans to attend. Overall, I hope these changes will benefit the sport in the long
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2024-04-18 12h32m by a_12_shawcross
Wow, major changes to the FA Cup format! No more replays in the early rounds and the fifth round back to being played on weekends. And the final will now be on its own Saturday. Good to see the FA and Premier League adapting to the Champions League schedule.
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2024-04-18 11h54m by jwhiteheadbarnes
As a football fan, this is a much-needed change to the FA Cup format. The removal of replays will help alleviate fixture congestion and allow for more rest for the players. Additionally, having the fifth round played on weekends will make it more accessible for fans to attend and watch. It's also great to see that the FA Cup final will no longer clash with Premier League games, giving both competitions the attention they deserve. The mid-season break being removed may be a disappointment for some, but it
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