Do FA Cup replays have extra time or are penalty shootouts played if it’s level after 90 minutes?

THE FA Cup is getting into its business stages with the remaining teams learning their fifth round opponents.

But first there is the matter of the fourth round replays, with West Brom and Brighton the final two sides looking to advance to the last 16.

Manchester United celebrate winning the FA Cup in 2016 after beating Crystal Palace in the final
Manchester United celebrate winning the FA Cup in 2016 after beating Crystal Palace in the final
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And with Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool already dumped out of the cup, teams outside the top six will really be believing they can go all the way to Wembley.

Do FA Cup replays have extra time and when are they held?

If a replayed match is drawn after 90 minutes, 30 minutes of extra time is played, and if the game is still tied a penalty shootout is played.

Replays are scheduled by the FA, but tend to take place a week and a half after initial FA Cup ties.

Several clubs have reason to complain about replays as it means players have an extra game to play.

Which FA Cup rounds have replays?

After a change to FA rules was brought forward a year, only the FA Cup third and fourth rounds still have replays.

FA Cup quarter-final replays were scrapped two years earlier with 2016 being the last time they were played.

Why are FA Cup replays changing?

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said when quarter-final replays were scrapped: “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.

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

The FA agreed in 2018 that fifth round replays would be scrapped to make way for a winter break in the 2019-20 season.

However, after Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all qualified for the European knockout stages, the FA chose to bring forward the decision and remove fifth round replays in the 2018/19 season.


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