In a statement released this morning, the Football Association confirmed provisional dates for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final of the FA Cup.
We had been due to face Leicester City away in the last eight before the global pandemic stopped football. Now, following the Premier League’s statement yesterday about a restart date, the FA have followed suit regarding the oldest cup competition in the world.
The full FA statement reads:
The Football Association [The FA] has agreed a provisional restart date for the 2019/20 Emirates FA Cup. Following the announcement that the 2019/20 Premier League season will provisionally restart on 17 June, The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Finals will now take place over the weekend of 27-28 June. The Semi Finals and Final will take place over the weekend of 11-12 July and 1 August respectively. Further information on venues and timings will be announced in due course. FA Chief Executive Officer Mark Bullingham said: ‘We are pleased to agree the provisional restart date for the 2019/20 Emirates FA Cup. The competition has been an integral part of the English football calendar for nearly 150 years, and we’d like to thank the Premier League Executive and Clubs for their support in scheduling the remaining matches during this unprecedented time. ’This has been a difficult period for many people and while this is a positive step, the restart date is dependent on all safety measures being met. The health and wellbeing of players, staff and supporters remains our priority.’
The schedule for The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Finals, which was originally drawn on 4 March, is:
• Leicester City v Chelsea
• Newcastle United v Manchester City
• Sheffield United v Arsenal
• Norwich City v Manchester United