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FSA statement: Changes to the FA Cup

Today the FA announced substantial changes to the FA Cup including the end of replays from the first round proper – a more detailed breakdown of the changes are on the FA website here. Below is a statement from the FSA in response to the news.

“It’s clear today’s announcement about the FA Cup has not gone down well with a lot of fans up and down the country. Supporters are concerned that the changes to the FA Cup will further diminish what makes the competition enduringly popular – namely its history, heritage and tradition.

“While we recognise the footballing calendar is coming under impossible strain – due to the increasing bloat of FIFA and UEFA competitions – recent surveys of both our members and National Council revealed serious concerns about loss of replays and the impact that could have on the magic of the competition.

“The FA Cup is the oldest domestic cup competition in the world, an asset of national importance, and we have shared those concerns with the FA as its primary custodians.”

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