THE FA Cup third round has finally arrived, months after last season’s final where Leicester beat Chelsea 1-0.
But what happens if matches are drawn, will there be a replay to decides who gets to the next round?
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The FA Cup replay rules have changed extensively in recent years and 2021-22 is no different, especially due to the Coronavirus pandemic, starting with the third round fixtures.
Will FA Cup games go to replays or extra-time and penalties?
The FA Cup will not go to replays this season to help fixture congestion caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Replays were first scrapped from the quarter-finals onward in 2016.
And then last season they were scrapped completely due to Covid-19.
Because of the fixture build-up caused by the pandemic this term, replays from the third round onwards have been ditched again.
Games which end in a draw will now be settled by 30 minutes of extra-time and a penalty shootout if necessary.
Which FA Cup rounds have replays and which go to extra time?
- Third round – Extra time and penalties (Since 2020/21)
- Fourth round – Extra time and penalties (Since 2020/21)
- Fifth round – Extra time and penalties (Since 2018/19)
- Quarter-final – Extra time and penalties (Since 2016/17)
- Semi-final – Extra time and penalties (Since 1999/00)
- Final – Extra time and penalties (Since 1993/94)