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The FA Cup format will be slightly different for Blackpool and their League One rivals next season.

FA Cup replays will become a thing of the past as Blackpool face yet another significant change from those who run football.

The FA has stated that there will be no more replays after the first round starting next season. The FA and the Premier League reached an agreement to implement a rule that will last six seasons. It was brought in as a result of the expansion of UEFA’s club championships, which meant extra fixtures for the top clubs.

Replays were dropped for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons, but they reappeared last season and continue into the current campaign. This season, the Seasiders faced Nottingham Forest in a replay in the third round, losing 3-2 after extra time following a 2-2 draw at the City Ground.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham explained the decision, saying: “The FA Cup is our most valuable asset, generating more than 60% of our revenue to invest in the game, so it is important to ensure a robust format for the future.

“This new deal between the FA and the Premier League improves the FA Cup and grants this unique tournament specific weekends in an increasingly crowded calendar.

“The new schedule ensures the magic of the cup is protected and enhanced, while working for the whole of the English game.”The lengthier summer period also provides a much-needed player break before to the start of the next season.”

As a League One club, Blackpool enters the competition in the first round, where they will face clubs from their own league, League Two, and below. If they get promoted, they will escape having to play two rounds and will be drawn against the top teams in English football.

 

Another change to the FA Cup is that all ties, including the fifth round, will be played on weekends, as opposed to midweek for the previous five seasons. The fourth and fifth round weekends will be free of Premier League fixtures, while the fourth round will have games from Friday to Wednesday.

 

 

 

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