Do FA Cup games go to extra-time and penalties?
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FA Cup third round replays are being staged over the next couple of days (Picture: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Extra-time and penalties have produced some of the most memorable moments in the in recent years.

Reigning champions beat on penalties in last year’s final after a 0-0 draw after extra-time.

And all the way back in 2006, Liverpool again emerged victorious in the shootout following a dramatic 3-3 draw with after extra-time.

So, with a string of FA Cup taking place this week, will games go to extra-time and penalties if they finish level?

Here are the all important details.

Do matches in the FA Cup go to extra-time and penalties?

FA Cup games in the third and fourth rounds that finish level after 90 minutes will not go to extra-time and penalties.

Extra-time and penalties are a common feature in the FA Cup (Picture: Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Instead, ties will go to a replay to determine which team progresses through to the next round.

However, ties will head straight for extra-time and if required, penalties, from the fifth round onwards, without any need for a replay.

Replays have been scrapped from the quarter-final stage onwards since 2016.

Replays had been abolished at every stage of the FA Cup over the past two seasons, due to the congested fixture list caused by the Covid pandemic.

This meant that extra-time and penalties were in force for every match in every round.

For comparison, in the , games finishing level go straight to penalties until the semi-final stage, at which point extra-time is then played before the shootout.

Do FA Cup replays go to extra-time and penalties?

Third and fourth round replays that finish all square will indeed progress to extra-time and penalties.

Therefore, late finishes could be in store for this week’s third round replays, which include Wolves hosting Liverpool tonight (January 17) and Leeds entertaining Cardiff tomorrow night.

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