Major changes to domestic cup competitons in 2020/21


Replays have been an important part of FA Cup tradition since the tournament's conception, offering teams in the lower leagues the chance to have a lucrative payday should they come up against a Premier League side.

With the coronavirus pandemic having led to an adjusted schedule for 2020-21, the FA has taken the decision to scrap replays in order to ease the pressure on clubs.

Qualification for England's major cup competition will begin on September 1, with the first round proper taking place in November. Arsenal scooped £3.6m for winning the FA Cup on Saturday, with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea, but the winners of next season's competition will now receive £1.8m.

All of the second, third and fourth rounds of the League Cup to be played in September, three midweeks in a row.

As previously announced, the Sky Bet EFL will kick-off on Saturday 12 September, while the regular seasons in the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two will conclude on 8/9 May 2021.

However, there is then nearly a three month gap before round five (quarter-final) matches will be played.

The Carabao Cup has replaced two-legged semi-finals with single ties at the home of the first club drawn out, and the first four rounds will now take place in consecutive weeks, kicking off in early September.

The Premier League will start again on September 12, as will the Championship, League One and League Two, with the final games of the campaign on May 23, 2021.

As of now, only the matchweeks have been announced but the authorities have made it clear that the schedule for all the individual teams will be made public on the 21st of August.



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