The FA have announced that replays will return for the Emirates FA Cup during the 2021/22 campaign, having scrapped return fixtures to ease fixture congestion last season.
World football’s oldest domestic competition will see 729 clubs enter in the 150th edition of the tournament this season, with Leicester the current holders after beating Chelsea 1-0 in May to win the FA Cup for the first time.
Last season the FA abolished replays from the competition in a bid to ease the congested fixture schedule amid an unprecedented season of events, though replays will return for 2021/22 following a statement from the governing body.
Replays will be mandatory in all qualifying rounds for the competition and from the first round until the fourth round of the competition proper. There will be no replays from the fifth round onwards.
Replays have often been criticised by clubs higher up the English footballing pyramid, but can represent opportunities for money-spinning second ties for lower league and non-league teams.
The news follows an announcement by the EFL that the Carabao Cup semi-finals will return to two legs once again this season, having been reduced to one-off fixtures in 2020/21 amid the congested schedule.