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England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has won his battle to secure a four-week break before the 2006 World Cup finals. The 2006 FA Cup final - the first game at the new Wembley - has been brought forward a week to Saturday 13 May, and the Premiership will end a week early.

Sides in the Uefa Cup will not play replays in the fifth or sixth round of the FA Cup while Champions League teams will not have sixth-round replays.

Any ties affected will go to extra-time and penalties if necessary.

The arrangement will only be in effect next season.

In a statement, the Football Association said: "This was deemed to be the only available solution to a very complex issue.

"We believe it is crucial to allow the national team to be given equal preparation time to every other team competing in Germany next summer.

"This decision follows positive talks involving the FA, Premier League and Football League to find an appropriate solution to protecting the tradition and heritage of the FA Cup, while allowing for Fifa's four-week window between the end of all major domestic seasons and the start of the World Cup."

The revamping of the world's oldest domestic Cup competition may be seen by some as devaluing its prestige.

But the FA pointed out that in the past five seasons, only three sixth-round ties have required a replay.

Fifa had allowed the FA special dispensation to play the final on 20 May.

But Eriksson was insistent that England players get the same four-week preparation time before the World Cup finals that other countries will.

The FA had considered moving the final to a midweek date to help achieve that, but the idea was swiftly dropped.
 

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By the time the FA Cup third round comes round it is January and teams in Europe will have already had their fill of Carling Cup and European competition (whichever one they're in)

I suggest they move it forward or scrap the Carling Cup, there are too many matches and condensing them won't make it any better. The good thing from this is the scrapping of some replays although if they just went to extra time and penalties in all cup games perhaps teams would be more positive rather than play for a replay (at home) and it might increase attendance
 

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What if a minnow, say Bury, draws with someone like Liverpool at Gigg Lane? Its unfair that it goes to extra time instead, as they could do with a payout.

~ The Green :rolleyes:ne
 

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and they accuse bigger clubs of being in it for the money. What romance of the FA Cup really adds up to is ££££££££££££

The TV money should be distributed better and if lower division clubs weren't so greedy in selling some players perhaps the Premiership would shop there more often. Fact is with relaxed laws on who can play in the Premiership it is cheaper to shop abroad so the lower division clubs suffer.

But in all honesty I believe that football has to realise it can't sustain 92+ professional clubs. When there are 1,000s of fans who'd love to play for their club can the clubs really charge £x entry to watch people paid to play?
 

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and they accuse bigger clubs of being in it for the money. What romance of the FA Cup really adds up to is ££££££££££££
:thmbup:

No replays actually gives the smaller teams a BETTER chance of causing upsets, but for them to complain becuse they "might not make as much money" is sad. It seems it would be better for Rotherham to draw against Man U then lose the replay than actually BEAT Man U and go on to the next round.

If this arrangement is only for next season, then it shouldn't be that big a deal. Surely your national team comes before the small chance to earn a few extra pounds? :rollani:
 
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