Replays to be scrapped for FA Cup quarter-finals

27/05/2016  23 Comments  [Jump to last]
FA Cup ties will no longer go to replays beyond the fifth round of the competition following an announcement by the Football Association.

In a bid to alleviate the congested fixture lists that caused scheduling headaches towards the end of this past season, the FA are doing away with replays to settle quarter-final ties, opting for penalty shootouts after extra time instead like in the semi-finals and final.

The decision was prompted most recently by the fact that Manchester United and West Ham's quarter-final went to a replay which had to be squeezed in between European dates and also prevented the Premier League from re-scheduling the league games that had been postponed by the two clubs' participation in the FA Cup.  


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Matt Traynor
1 Posted 27/05/2016 at 06:12:05
How long before the QF's get moved to Wembley? Friday night, Saturday, Sunday, Monday night. Will suit the American market. Sorry Asia / Australia, you don't pay enough. Gotta pay down that debt somehow...
Ian Jones
2 Posted 27/05/2016 at 06:22:02
Somewhere in a report about this latest FA decision , the FA mention that it was out of respect for the tradtion of the FA Cup that this decision was taken. Not sure how scrapping 1/4 replays respects the competition.

Assume this will be deemed so successful they will eventually scrap all replays, wiping out income for the lower league clubs.

Brian Porter
3 Posted 27/05/2016 at 06:22:39
Once the greatest, most famous cup competition has now become a footnote in the history of live tv influence in the U.K
Little club drawn away to big club after getting all the way to the quarter finals only to lose the opportunity of snatching a draw and a lucrative home replay. Another big advantage handed to the big boys.
Let's not let a little thing like tradition and the excitement of the cup get in the way of a good tv deal eh?
Matt Traynor
4 Posted 27/05/2016 at 06:26:55
The football league are also going to restructure, and have 4 leagues of 20 teams, so 38 game seasons in line with the Premier League. UEFA will still pressure the Prem to drop to 18 teans, 34 games a season, so they can have more European nights. They're going to kill the game off. But horse has bolted. Gotta keep paying everyone, so the likes of Alexis Sanchez can take his two dogs on a private plane when he flies home...
Anto Byrne
5 Posted 27/05/2016 at 06:43:48
Wish they had done away with replays years sgo. We might have beaten Villa that day at Wembley in extra time or penalties. Instead we went to 2 replays and extra time and still lost. Lol
Peter Mills
6 Posted 27/05/2016 at 08:37:25
This may actually work to the benefit of smaller clubs - battle your way through to the quarter-finals, then home or away play for a draw, hope to win on penalties, and have a big day out and pay out at Wembley for the semi.
Ian Burns
7 Posted 27/05/2016 at 09:32:34
This has been structured on the presumption rarely will a little club get to the quarter finals.

However, I agree wholeheartedly that the small clubs no longer matter in the post tv English football culture.

The FA Cup holds special memories for many people but my own was as a small child in the 1950's my grandfather was listening to the FA Cup scores on the radio and it came out Darlington 3-3 Chelsea and he remarked "that will have ruined everybody's coupon!"

The Cup Final will be on a Wednesday night soon.

Gerry Quinn
8 Posted 27/05/2016 at 09:40:36
Next thing will be the 4 CL teams being exempt until the FA Cup QFs! STOP pissing around with what used to be the best cup competition in the world. The REAL footie fans would rather see an amateur team embarrassing a big team rather than the usual boring Euro match
Tony Abrahams
9 Posted 27/05/2016 at 09:45:23
Out of respect for the competition? They let United have a season off, after they completed a historic treble?

That's what really started to undermine this competition, the phoney bastards. Where was the respect for the fans, when Everton played Liverpool at Wembley with a mid-day kick off?

I loved Mouriniho's suggestion that all the big teams, should play their fixture away from home, when drawn against the minnows, but this latest ruling, just panders to the big clubs and does the exact opposite.

Less games might just make this competition a bit more serious now though?

Tony Draper
10 Posted 27/05/2016 at 09:50:37
I LOVE the FA Cup, one of my most powerful wonderful memories was 1966 of us beating Wednesday 3-2.

Almost the perfect final.

0-2 down, cheated out of a clear penalty.
Comeback.

Fat man in a proper suit (not a tracky) evades a string of "Keystones", worthy of Benny Hill "Yackety Sax",

Derek Temple scores the ULTIMATE counter attack goal !

The Blues returned Victorious.
And the City Went Wild !

Reds league Winners (and us Blues were made up for our cuzzies).
TOFFEES everyones favourite club (and we were).
Z Cars the nations fave tv show.
The Beatles.
FA Cup ?
It's "Do or Die" THAT is the bloody magic. Stick or twist..........

I reckon there should be a "Champions Cup" betwixt the League & FA Cup winners as the ultimate season finale, I think that it would enhance the two cups value.

Steve Carse
11 Posted 27/05/2016 at 10:19:12
Tony (10) the only thing that would enhance their value would be a massive increase in prize money. Put a £10m win jackpot in there plus increased reward for progressing through the rounds and you'd soon see all clubs putting out their strongest sides.
Steve Bell
12 Posted 27/05/2016 at 10:37:02
How about semi finals at neutral grounds, final kicks off at 3pm. That would really respect the TRADITION of the cup!
Ray Roche
13 Posted 27/05/2016 at 10:49:18
The only thing that devalues the FA Cup and events that leads to fixture congestion is the fact that matches are played on Saturday, AM and PM, Sunday, AM and PM, Monday night, Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Thursday for the Europa League. Add to this the Champions League fixtures and you can see why we have a fixture congestion, and all because TV wants to call the tune... but seeing as it pays the piper...

So-called "Big Clubs" moan about having to play too many games. Easy solution... play your reserves more or don't bother with the CL games.

Bob Cumiskey
14 Posted 27/05/2016 at 13:53:18
It's very sad the way in which this competition is slowly being picked apart.
I would have loved to have won the FA cup this year.

I remember a host of family members sitting in the front room watching the FA cup Final every year in the 70's when I was a kid.
Our mum would bring a load of sandwiches in and lemonade and we would all sit there in awe of the game that was about to unfold, whoever the teams.

Great family memories surrounding one of the best competitions in world football.
I watched the FA cup last weekend and couldn't stop thinking how much they are trying to turn it into the Super bowl.

Whilst Tiny Temper belted out his tunes all that I could think of was telling him to do one so we could get on with a game of football. Very sad!

Kieran Kinsella
15 Posted 27/05/2016 at 14:08:48
Instead of scrapping FA cup replays why not scrap less meaningful games I.e. All the games of the league cup.
Ernie Baywood
16 Posted 27/05/2016 at 14:17:08
That would be accepting that we can give up on domestic tournaments to accommodate the bloated and dull European program.

The powers that be are doing their best to kill the game in search of short term Champions League riches.

Nick Entwistle
17 Posted 27/05/2016 at 14:22:09
The cup is a has been. Its an end of season Charity Shield.

As for what I would do, to give it back some importance... Have CL spots go to both domestic trophies and one for champions.

Finish the season two weeks earlier (there's room for more midweek games) and have 2nd through 9th jet off to 4 Asian cities. Play the 4 one off QFs over one weekend. Two semis mid week and the final CL qualifier match on the Sunday.

There would be huge bids from competing cities, the FA get their 39th game and it stops the CL influencing the outcome of our domestic competition.

Though preferably, I'd just have one giant knock out European Cup for all teams who qualify for Europe. All unseeded and into the pot.

Bill Gall
18 Posted 27/05/2016 at 14:25:06
As Wembley was always supposed to be the showpiece for the the FA.Cup , the FA started to demean the tradition of the cup by playing the semi finals at Wembley instead of at neutral grounds.

This gave advantages to London clubs that was highlighted by this years semi finals with Everton and Utds supporters having to travel down from up north and Watford and Palace supporters already being around or in London.

This latest move just proves that the FA. are not interested in traditions but are controlled by outside financial parties, and money comes before tradition.

Nick Entwistle
19 Posted 27/05/2016 at 14:31:11
On cup final day, I watch the MotD rewind on the 1990 final in the morning. Pre-match entertainment? Marching band. No pop stars, no flames, no nothing. The football match was important enough. And it was at Wembley!

Thing is though, Wembley has gone. Gone gone gone. The restaurant and bar complex with pitch attached is a big nothing. I think of it as two fingers up to the FA every time a second half kicks off and people are still in the bar. But then that's what it was rebuilt for... ho hum.

Jay Wood
20 Posted 27/05/2016 at 14:39:25
The FA Cup was the English Football Association's very best asset, all the more so once the FA was sidelined when the PL came into existence.

As others mention, in announcing this they justify it on the grounds that "it respects the tradition of the FA Cup."

That strikes me as an oxymoron. Like a succession of decisions over the years by the FA in relation to their globally known iconical asset, this further undermines the value of the competition.

What was once as valued as winning the league by players and fans is reduced to an almost meaningless bauble.

Give it another 5-10 years and all FA Cup replays will be scrapped altogether and any drawn one-off game will be immediately decided by penalties.

Nick Entwistle
21 Posted 27/05/2016 at 14:53:08
Traditions include:

Destroying Wembley.
Letting Utd go off on holiday.
7 years at the Millennium.
Replays moved to ten days after first match.
Semi's at new Wembley
Not last match of the season.
Moving kick-off time.
Same top 4 clubs in most finals.
Giving ITV the rights*.

I'm sure there are more, but those are the one's that come off the top of my head.

*What ever people may think of the Beeb it is part of a competition's branding when it is on the BBC. For example, the Grand National is now on ch4 and its lost a little something. And I wont talk of taking many events off free to watch and selling out to Sky.

Paul Birmingham
22 Posted 27/05/2016 at 23:40:04
It's a sad reality of the reality of life in sport we live, it's all Chelsea Flower Show King Edwards! The people who run the game have never been to a game, at least on the concept of the last 40 years, in terms of attendance cost etc v average wage..They were the days you were the 1st in the ground !Proud!
Mike Keating
23 Posted 02/06/2016 at 10:51:10
Let's not forget, in the spawning of the EPL, Everton were one of the 'Big 5' who gang banged the Football League and the FA was the midwife on duty at its birth. Like a lot of kids, it turned out to be a spoilt brat.
I blame the parents.

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