The FA Cup reruns have been canceled this season to reduce the congestion of games that many clubs are facing in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic

As a rule, the FA Cup will be repeated if the first game is drawn after 90 minutes This often gives lower division clubs a lucrative second appearance in the event that it is televised, and there may also be the added bonus of traveling to an opponent with a larger stadium when goal income is split evenly between the clubs

There are no repetitions this season The draws are decided in one game and it goes into overtime and then penalties if the teams are still tied

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At the start of the season, the FA made this decision to ease the pressure on the 2020-21 calendar, especially since the previous season for some Premier League clubs didn’t end until August before the new season started in September

“To ease the pressure on the football schedule, there will be no repetitions for the 2020-21 season”

Given that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused shifts between divisions in England, it appears a coronavirus outbreak given the clubs at all levels including Aston Villa, Rotherham United, Accrington Stanley and Carlisle United to be a scrap of reps and as a result play catch-up with league games

The goal of reducing game congestion also prompted the FA to play the Carabao Cup semi-finals as opposed to the usual two-legged affairs Manchester City and Tottenham reached the final after beating Manchester United and Brentford

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There were 32 games in the third round of the FA Cup, seven of which were all equal after 90 minutes

Arsenal, Fulham, Everton and Cheltenham Town won all games that would otherwise have been rerun after overtime, while Brighton, Blackpool and Burnley won penalties to advance to round four

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