FA Cup will no longer have quarterfinal replays
Starting in 2017, the FA Cup will no longer have replays in the quarterfinal round.
The decision was made in an effort to combat the congested English fixture list, which has been a topic of debate for years now.
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This season, Manchester United defeated West Ham in a quarterfinal replay before going on to win the competition.
In a statement released by the FA, these changes aim to add drama to the matches while eliminating an extra matchday needed for replays.
The revamped competition will see eight clubs battle it out over one weekend with each tie to be played to a finish on the day, adding to the drama and impact the competition has enjoyed in recent years.
Other new initiatives will be explored to ensure The FA Cup retains its status and appeal. These plans also form part of The FA’s commitment to help ease English football’s congested fixture schedule.
There will still be replays in the earlier rounds of the tournament, which allows lower level clubs the opportunity to earn a nice financial boost should they force a second match at a Premier League ground.
The Premier League is the only top league in Europe that does not take a winter break, a schedule that has been criticized by multiple managers, including Jurgen Klopp.