Will FA Cup games go to replays or extra time if scores are level?

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?


Some rounds of the FA Cup continue to use replays to decide tiesCredit: PA:Press Association

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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)