Football fans have been given more to be cheerful about as the FA have announced the Emirates FA Cup is set to return with a Wembly final on August 1.
In a statement released by the FA: “We have today agreed a provisional restart date for the 2019-20 Emirates FA Cup, which has been on hold since the outbreak of COVID-19.
“Following the announcement that the 2019-20 Premier League season will provisionally restart on Wednesday 17 June, the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals will now take place over the weekend of Saturday 27 June and Sunday 28 June.
“The Emirates FA Cup semi-finals will take place across the weekend of Saturday 18 July and Sunday 19 July, with the Emirates FA Cup Final on Saturday 1 August.
“Further information on venues and timings will be announced in due course.
“We are pleased to agree the provisional restart date for the 2019-20 Emirates FA Cup,” said our chief executive officer, Mark Bullingham.
“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, originally drawn on March 9, is:
- Norwich City v Manchester United
- Newcastle United v Manchester City
- Leicester City v Chelsea
- Sheffield United v Arsenal