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FA Cup Replay, EFL Cup two legged Semi Final to return to English football in 2021/22 season

An unofficial announcement has been made that replays for the FA Cup will return to and include the fourth round for the next season.
Replays — typically a major income for lesser and non-top-flight clubs – were scrapped during the 2020-21 season which, owing to the coronavirus epidemic, was highly condensed.

It is understood right now, though, that the fixtures table will go back to being as it was.
It’s another move toward a more conventional national football calendar following EFL’s confirmation that on Tuesday the Carabao Cup semifinals will be back on two legs.


The FA had already stated that the fourth FA Cup rounds were due to take place on the weekend of February 4 to 7, which was not normal. This is due to the International break being held between January 24 and February 1.

It is believed that the Premier League allocated a mid-season break to allow those players not summoned for international duties outside Europe. European football is not to take action during that international event.


The FA Cup, like the Carabao Cup, is under a more protracted danger as the European club tournaments are being reorganized. So the incident in February 2020, when Liverpool was forced to play a fourth round replay against Shrewsbury with Under 23 players, will not be repeated.


In March, the Football Association wrote to UEFA, expressing worry about the impact of UEFA’s intentions on the local football calendar.

UEFA’s proposals to increase the number of Champions League matches from 125 to 225 were approved by UEFA’s executive committee in April, but there have been suggestions that aspects of the format could be revisited as part of a broader look at formats prompted by the formation and rapid demise of the European Super League.


The idea includes a provision for four additional rounds of Champions League matches to be played in ‘exclusive’ midweek times. The Premier League has likewise advocated for January to be reserved exclusively for domestic football.

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