Premier League: Scrapping FA Cup replays on agenda for ‘New Deal for Football’ meeting

FA Cup winners Liverpool played 63 matches last season in all competitions after also making it to the finals of the EFL Cup and Champions League

Premier League clubs will discuss permanently scrapping FA Cup replays at a meeting on Wednesday.

Talks will also take place over major changes to the EFL Cup as part of the ‘New Deal For Football’ talks.

Neither cup is run by the Premier League so it would have to approach the FA and EFL about any potential changes.

Clubs are concerned by the increased strain on an already packed calendar that Uefa’s Champions League expansion will create from 2024.

FA Cup replays were scrapped in the 2020-21 season to help with the fixture backlog caused by Covid-19.

They were also scrapped for the third and fourth round last season.

Neither the FA nor the EFL has offered any formal response to the prospect of their flagship competitions being altered and it is understood discussions between them and the Premier League are yet to take place.

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