Football chiefs in England are planning to scrap FA Cup replays
completely next season as they look at ways to ease fixture chaos in
what will be a jam-packed campaign.
The idea of axing replays will be popular with clubs facing playing two
games a week for much of the next season, as both the Premier League and
EFL are likely to start in mid-September.
This season saw the FA Cup scrap replays from the fifth round onwards.
This meant Norwich won at Tottenham Hotspur on penalties and Sheffield
Wednesday beat Reading 2-1 after extra-time. Normally, both games would
have gone to replays.
Some clubs like replays for extra income.
Yet the FA are looking at all matches being settled on the day — and not just starting from the first round proper.
There are also six qualifying stages including the extra preliminary round, which this season started on August 14.
With non-league football set to return in September, it also means the
FA face a challenge to squeeze those matches in — on top of FA Trophy
and FA Vase fixtures.
The Football League have a headache, too, over where to fit in the EFL
Trophy and Carabao Cup. One option is to scrap the Carabao Cup