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FA Cup goes to sudden death format for quarter-finals

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FA Cup replays will be dropped for the quarter-finals next season after plans for the competition were approved on Thursday.

Under the new rules eight clubs will battle it out over one weekend with each tie to be played to a finish on the day with extra-time and penalties to decide a winner.

The initiative is being seen as part of the FA’s commitment to ease the congested fixture schedule and help the England team.

The FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, said: “The Emirates FA Cup remains at the heart of English football and this change adds to the excitement of the competition and will benefit the wider game in general.

“In a demanding calendar and with increased pressures on fans it is important we move with the times and consider new innovations such as last week’s successful Non-league finals day which saw 50,000 fans at Wembley for the Vase and Trophy.

“While fully respecting tradition and history, this new development will help the Cup retain its status as a much-loved and world-renowned competition.”

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Mark Dobson, for theguardian.com on Thursday 26th May 2016 18.33 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010


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