class=”styled__BannerImage-sc-1wadlxz-1 iLJqYu styles_articleMainImage__Lj_Qv”>Replays will be staged in the FA Cup up to and including round four in 2021-22

Replays will be staged in the FA Cup up to and including round four in 2021-22

FA Cup replays will make a comeback in the new season for ties up to and including the fourth round.

Replays were scrapped in 2020-21 in an effort to ease pressure on clubs in a campaign condensed due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

But after it was announced on Tuesday that EFL Cup semi-finals will revert to being played over two legs, the FA have confirmed the return of replays in its highest-prestige cup competition.

The 2021-22 FA Cup campaign will be the 150th in the tournament’s history, with 729 clubs participating. 

Premier League and Championship teams will enter from the third round in early January.

The FA also announced on Thursday that the total prize fund for the competition will remain at around £16million, the same level as it was last season.

Leicester lifted the trophy for the first time in their history in May, beating Chelsea 1-0 in the final at Wembley thanks to a Youri Tielemans strike.

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