FA Cup: Are there replays in the fifth round?

FA Cup: Are there replays in the fifth round?

The fifth round of the FA Cup continues tonight, as teams look to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Holders Manchester City enjoyed their return to the world’s oldest cup competition, beating Luton 6-2 thanks to five goals from Erling Haaland. Newcastle will join them after edging past Blackburn on penalties, while Leicester beat Bournemouth.

The four remaining fixtures take place on Wednesday night, starting with Chelsea, looking to bounce back from defeat in the Carabao Cup final, hosting Leeds.

Manchester United travel to take on Nottingham Forest and Wolves face Brighton, before Liverpool’s home tie against Southampton brings an end to the midweek action.

The eight teams still in the FA Cup will be confirmed on Wednesday night, with fifth-round fixtures going to extra-time and penalties if required. That is despite replays being used in previous rounds of the competition this season.

The decision was made by the FA in the 2018/19 campaign to scrap replays for the fifth round, in a bid to ease fixture congestion.

No replays were used in the 2020/21 competition, as football battled with the impact of the pandemic, but they returned to the first four rounds of the FA Cup last season.

Reports earlier this campaign suggested that replays could be scrapped entirely in coming seasons, with extra pressure on the domestic calendar due to the expansion of European competitions.

A decision on when the changes could come in has not yet been made, but a new TV contract is set for the 2025/26 season. FA Cup replays could be scrapped, along with the two-legged Carabao Cup semi-finals.