No replays but extra-time to be played, five substitutes can be used, VAR only at certain games


The famous FA Cup third round will take centre stage this weekend as the Premier League big guns enter the historic tournament.

There are several quintessential FA Cup ties coming up including Marine v Tottenham, Chelsea v Morecambe and Stockport v West Ham.

The FA Cup third round will be played this weekend

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The FA Cup third round will be played this weekend

Arsenal, who face Newcastle on Saturday, won the cup last season, beating Chelsea in the Wembley final.

Amid the ongoing issues surrounding the COVID-19 lockdown, the tournament will be fast-tracked this term with Monday’s draw set to confirm the fourth and fifth round fixtures.

And a number of rule changes have been brought in for the third round ties to help aid clubs and the fixture list.

FA Cup third round rules

Clubs will be able to name nine players on their bench for the third round tie and use a maximum of five substitutes.

Teams can only take three opportunities to make subs in normal time.

Marine captain Niall Cummins is an Arsenal fan and teacher named after Niall Quinn who hopes pitch is a ‘minefield’ and Tottenham show ‘no respect’ for FA Cup

Any unused subs can be carried over into extra-time where teams will also then be able to make an additional change as well.

There will be no replays in the tournament this season but extra-time will remain. Ties will not go straight to penalties like in the Carabao Cup this season.

VAR will only be used in nine of the 32 third round ties – in the matches held at Premier League stadiums.

Arsenal won the FA Cup last season by beating Chelsea


Arsenal won the FA Cup last season by beating Chelsea

FA Cup third round fixtures

Friday, January 8

Aston Villa v Liverpool – 19:45
Wolves v Crystal Palace – 19:45

Saturday, January 9

Everton v Rotherham – 12:00
Nottingham Forest v Cardiff – 12:00
Boreham Wood v Millwall – 12:00
Luton v Reading – 12:00
Norwich v Coventry – 12:00
Chorley v Derby – 12:15
Oldham v Bournemouth – 15:00
Stevenage v Swansea – 15:00
Bristol Rovers v Sheffield United – 15:00
Blackburn v Doncaster – 15:00
Stoke v Leicester – 15:00
Wycombe v Preston – 15:00
Burnley v MK Dons – 15:00
QPR v Fulham – 15:00
Exeter v Sheffield Wednesday – 15:00
Blackpool v West Brom – 15:00
Arsenal v Newcastle – 17:30
Brentford v Middlesbrough – 18:00
Huddersfield v Plymouth – 18:00
Manchester United v Watford – 20:00
Southampton v Shrewsbury – 20:00

Sunday, January 10

Barnsley v Tranmere – 13:30
Chelsea v Morecambe – 13:30
Bristol City v Portsmouth – 13:30
Cheltenham v Mansfield – 13:30
Manchester City v Birmingham – 13:30
Crawley v Leeds – 13:30
Marine v Tottenham – 17:00
Newport v Brighton – 19:45

Monday, January 11

Stockport v West Ham – 20:00

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