FA Cup announce major rule change impacting Arsenal, Man Utd and Liverpool

The Football Association has scrapped FA Cup replays next season to ease the pressure on the football calendar.

It will be the first time in history the competition will take place without replays – and the move comes in the wake of the impact Covid-19 has had on the game.

The three month lockdown from March threatened to ruin the campaign and pushed all competitions back.

The FA Cup final took place earlier this month following the end to the Premier League season, while the Champions League and Europa League have still to be completed.

The new domestic season will start again on September 12, with the new fixtures set to be announced next week, although those teams still competing in Europe will be given special dispensation to start two weeks later than the rest.

The FA Cup will start with the extra preliminary round on September 1 and the final is due to be played at Wembley on May 15.

Football bosses have also revealed the Carabao Cup semi-finals will be one-legged next season.

The rule changes will benefit Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool's European campaigns as players will inevitably be more rested for Champions League clashes.

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The first round is scheduled for September 5, while the next three rounds will be played on consecutive midweek dates from September 15-16.

Fixtures for the 2020-21 English Football League (EFL) season will be released on August 21, with the Championship, League One and League Two all scheduled to start on September 12.

FA Cup prize money has been halved for next season because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with the winners receiving £1.8m instead of £3.6m.

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