Premier League clubs want FA Cup third and fourth rounds to be moved to midweek and repeats repealed amid row over calendar 2020-21
- Stand-off development between Premier League and FA over 2020-21 matches
- Top flying clubs want the FA Cup reruns to be abolished and the games moved to midweek
- Premier League games will discuss next season’s game list on Thursday
Premier League clubs want the third and fourth rounds of the FA Cup to be midweek without reruns, in a growing row from next season’s fixture.
As revealed by Sports email Last month, a standoff between the Premier League and the FA develops over the number of weekend games they can use next season, which is expected to be cut short due to this season’s overflow.
Top flying clubs will discuss next season’s fixtures on Thursday, with two alternate start dates of August 29 and September 12 under consideration, although they would both miss the 34 weekends required to complete a campaign.
Premier League clubs want the third and fourth rounds of the FA Cup to be midweek without replays
As a result, the Premier League is expected to demand the repeats of the FA Cup be eliminated from the third round – the point at which the top two levels enter the league.
The FA is willing to drop reruns, but will fight to protect third and fourth round weekends.
Weekend kickoffs are far more valuable to broadcasters and commercial partners and are especially important to foreign media organizations that have paid £ 800 million for FA Cup TV rights by 2024.
The FA will fight to protect the third and fourth round weekends en route to Wembley next year
In addition to their contractual obligations to broadcasters, the FA will argue that they have already shown significant flexibility in moving the FA Cup fifth round to a midweek slot last season, and will do so again by agreeing to drop the winter break after only one year.
The FA has worked closely with the Premier League in recent months to facilitate the resumption of the domestic season, but the distance to midweek matches will be difficult to resolve.
One possible solution is for the Premier League to offer the FA compensation for skipping one or two weekends they use in the current format.
Manchester City lifted the FA Cup last season and this season’s league is yet to close