FA Cup replays halted for 2020/21 season to facilitate accumulation of matches for Premier League clubs
FA Cup reruns ‘discontinued for 2020/21 season to facilitate the accumulation of matches for Premier League clubs’ and top wings ‘could withdraw from Carabao Cup if not allowed to participate in teams under 23’
- The FA has agreed to cut reruns to ease the physical strain on players
- The Premier League season will resume on September 12 and ends on May 23
- Top flight teams also want to place under-23 teams in the Carabao Cup next season
- Reports claim they can threaten to leave the tournament if they cannot
- If that happens, there can be a row with EFL clubs over competition
Repeats of the FA Cup will be dropped next season to ease game congestion and reduce the physical toll for Premier League players, according to reports.
On Friday, it was announced that the 2020/21 season will begin again on September 12 and end on May 23 – just weeks after the end of the current campaign.
Top flight managers have already registered their concerns about the number of games players must play in a compressed season.
Repeats of the FA Cup will be dropped next season to ease the game’s congestion, reports said
On Friday, it was announced that the 20/21 season will begin on September 12 and end on May 23
Managers fear that the huge number of games can cause burnout and injuries
According to the MirrorThe FA has now responded by stopping reruns, but more problems could arise on the horizon around the Carabao Cup.
Clearly, Premier League managers want to be allowed to place under-23 teams in the league to allow players to rest between league matches.
If not allowed, some teams may risk leaving the league because they want to prioritize the league and European tournaments.
Last season, Liverpool played a side that was largely made up of youth team players when they sent their first team to the Club World Cup in Qatar and other teams could use that as a justification for weaker sides.
Top flight teams would like to play under 23 games in the Carabao Cup next season
Liverpool played a largely under-23 side in the Carabao Cup to give way to Club World Cup
However, such a move is likely to generate opposition from EFL clubs, which rely on additional revenue from broadcasters and sponsors for Carabao Cup matches against top flyers.
Their greatest fear will be the potential knock-on effect of sponsors taking their money out of the league and broadcasters removing games from their schedules, which will reduce the money Football League clubs receive.
Talks between the EFL and the FA will continue next week, with a vote expected to take place on the implementation of the five replacement rule once the championship playoffs have ended.
The Premier League is also likely to receive inquiries from some of the biggest English football clubs, who will play in the Champions League and Europa League until the last week of August – just a week before the start of the 20/21 season.