FA Cup Replays Scrapped - Ipswich Town News

FA Cup replays have been scrapped from round one onwards from next season.

A new six-year agreement between the Premier League and FA will see replays now not be played in the competition proper having been scrapped from the fifth round in the 2017/18 season.

The FA Cup qualifying rounds in which teams from the fifth to the 10th tiers take part will continue to have replays.

The move will be controversial as a break with tradition and with replays lucrative to smaller clubs, although some Town fans may welcome no longer having to make midweek trips to the likes of Barrow and Oldham as has been the case in recent years.

The new arrangement will also see all rounds of the tournament played at weekends exclusive of Premier League fixtures, fifth round games having been scheduled for midweek for the last five years. The fourth round will have an extended window from Friday to Wednesday in which FA Cup ties will be played on consecutive days.

The FA Cup final will now be moved to the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season with no top-flight matches that day or on the Friday before in order "to allow focus on the build-up to the showpiece event”.

The Premier League will increase its funding to grassroots football by £33 million.

"The FA Cup is our biggest asset,” FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said. "This new agreement between the FA and the Premier League strengthens the FA Cup and gives this very special tournament exclusive weekends in an increasingly busy calendar.

"We have also agreed new funding for the grassroots game, disability football and the women's and girls' game.

"All football begins at the grassroots, and this is recognised by the Premier League with very welcome additional financial support.”

Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters, added: "The Premier League is proud of the investment it provides to all levels of the game and this new agreement with the FA will see us enhance our support into grassroots football.

"This will improve facilities for communities and lower league clubs across the country, through the Football Foundation and Premier League Stadium Fund.

"Throughout our discussions, both parties have been committed to enhancing the scheduling of the Emirates FA Cup, a hugely important domestic competition with a storied history.

"The FA and the Premier League have worked in partnership to deliver more exclusive weekends without compromising the excitement of knockout football and this has been achieved at the same time as allowing us to ease fixture congestion generally.”

The Premier League has also scrapped its mid-season break to allow the season to start in mid-August, allowing players to get a consecutive three-week break in the summer, following expert advice from medical and technical departments.

What to read next:

McKenna Among Chelsea's Top Targets
Town boss Kieran McKenna is one of Chelsea’s top targets as they look to replace Mauricio Pochettino, who left by mutual consent earlier this week.
Morsy Voted PFA Championship Fans’ Player of the Year
Town skipper Sam Morsy has been voted the PFA Championship Fans’ Player of the Year.
McKenna: After the Seasons We've Had There Was Always Going to Be Speculation
Town boss Kieran McKenna says speculation regarding his future was always going to come following the success of the last two seasons.
McKenna Wins Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy For Manager of the Year
Town boss Kieran McKenna has won the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy for the overall LMA Manager of the Year in addition to the Championship gong at this evening’s LMA Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.
McKenna Named LMA Championship Manager of the Year
Town boss Kieran McKenna has been named the Championship Manager of the Year Award at this evening’s LMA Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.
Mowbray Leaves Birmingham
Town legend Tony Mowbray has stood down from his role as manager of Birmingham City in order to concentrate on making a full recovery from medical treatment and to spend time with his family.
Tuanzebe in DR Congo Squad
Town defender Axel Tuanzebe has been named in the DR Congo squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Senegal and Togo next month.
McKenna Speculation Continues
Speculation regarding Blues boss Kieran McKenna’s future continues with Brighton, Manchester United and Chelsea all reportedly showing interest in the Town manager.
[Podcast] Blue Monday - New Podcast Now Online
A new podcast from the Blue Monday team is now available.
Leigh and Edwards Win Second League One Promotion
Former Town pair Greg Leigh and Kyle Edwards won promotion from League One for the second season running after their current club Oxford United defeated Bolton Wanderers 2-0 in the play-off final at Wembley this afternoon.