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Tagged: No FA Cup replays in 2020/21
“With the season starting a month later than usual, the Football Association has taken the decision that all ties in the cup competition will be decided on the day.
Participating clubs, however, will be financially affected with prize money halved.
“In order to assist in easing pressure on the football schedule, there will be no replays for the 2020-21 season,” said an FA statement.
“After two seasons of record levels of prize funds, the Emirates FA Cup prize fund has returned back in line with 2017-18 levels due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Significant changes have also been made by the EFL to the Carabao Cup, which will see the first four rounds compressed into consecutive weeks in September and the abolition of two-legged semi-finals.” Standard
Shame about FA Cup replays especially for the smaller Clubs who might force an unlikely replay with all the financial benefits that might bring but understandable.
Nine, yes smaller clubs MAY loose out but in the broader context of the amount of fixtures, keeping in mind it will take more than the coming season to get back to normality, Isee it as a good move. In fact I would prefer single knock out games in any competition and not have two leg games
I am all for helping smaller clubs but there are other ways that this can be done, plus you have to make sure you do not fund incompetent management of the club. I would have a system whereby any funds could only be allocated to employees of the club and some ground maintenance, NOT for Directors, purchase of players or promotional funding. Loans are not for that purpose and current Bank balances must be well controlled
And the replays will never come back. There’s nothing so permanent as “temporary”.
That would be universally agreed on the financial aspect for the smaller clubs. It’s the excitement too and another bite at the cherry to be the underdog and pull out something extraordinary out of the bag.
From the likes of the Big Boys, it’s probably ‘music to their ears’ and less of a schedule/team selection headache when involved in multiple competitions.
Currently a one off for next season because of the late start to the season.
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