FA Cup Final date confirmed as new format is revealed


In further good news for football fans, the FA Cup is set to resume at the end of June.

The remaining quarter-finals are set to take place over the weekend of June 27-28, while the semi-finals will be staged two weeks later.

The final will take place at Wembley on August 1.

There had been speculation the FA's flagship event - the oldest club competition in world football - would have to be scrapped this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic which saw the season suspended in March.

But FA bosses were desperate for it to be salvaged and held talks with the Premier League and top flight clubs to work out slots in the calendar for it to be completed.

The news comes after it was announced the league season will resume on June 17, with a view to being completed on the same date as the FA Cup final.
The FA Cup final is now scheduled for August 1.

FA Chief Executive Officer Mark Bullingham said: "We are pleased to agree the provisional restart date for the 2019/20 Emirates FA Cup.

"The competition has been an integral part of the English football calendar for nearly 150 years, and we'd like to thank the Premier League Executive and clubs for their support in scheduling the remaining matches during this unprecedented time.

"This has been a difficult period for many people and while this is a positive step, the restart date is dependent on all safety measures being met. The health and wellbeing of players, staff and supporters remains our priority."

Further information on possible venues and timings will be announced in due course.

The quarter final line-up will be an all Premier League affair with four clashes between Leicester and Chelsea, Newcastle and Manchester City, Sheffield United and Arsenal and Norwich versus Manchester United.