English FA Cup replays to be scrapped next season

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Football chiefs in England are planning to scrap FA Cup replays completely next season as they look at ways to ease fixture chaos in what will be a jam-packed campaign.

The idea of axing replays will be popular with clubs facing playing two games a week for much of the next season, as both the Premier League and EFL are likely to start in mid-September.

This season saw the FA Cup scrap replays from the fifth round onwards.

This meant Norwich won at Tottenham Hotspur on penalties and Sheffield Wednesday beat Reading 2-1 after extra-time. Normally, both games would have gone to replays.

Some clubs like replays for extra income.

Yet the FA are looking at all matches being settled on the day — and not just starting from the first round proper.

There are also six qualifying stages including the extra preliminary round, which this season started on August 14.

With non-league football set to return in September, it also means the FA face a challenge to squeeze those matches in — on top of FA Trophy and FA Vase fixtures.

The Football League have a headache, too, over where to fit in the  EFL Trophy and Carabao Cup. One option is to scrap the Carabao Cup altogether.

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