An official announcement regarding the return of the FA Cup has arrived on Friday.
English football returning
Whilst football has slowly begun to return around the world, with the Bundesliga currently the most high-profile league back in action, proceedings in England have been on hold since the 13th of March.
However, in recent days, the Premier League has taken big steps forward in their ‘Project Restart’ plan.
All 20 top-flight clubs unanimously voted on Thursday to resume contact training.
This was followed by the Premier League laying out a provisional restart date later the same day.
In a meeting of Premier League Shareholders, June 17th was agreed upon, with two fixtures set to take place that day.
FA Cup dates announced
But whilst the Premier League now has an official return date laid out, question marks surrounding whether or not this season’s FA Cup campaign would even return remained.
However, as mentioned above, the FA have, on Friday, followed in the steps of the Premier League by setting out a provisional restart date for the competition.
The FA Cup was in the quarter-final stages before the campaign was halted, and, as per an official statement from the FA:
The Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals will now take place over the weekend of Saturday 27 June and Sunday 28 June.
The semi-finals are then set to be played out on the weekend of July 18-19, with the final taking place on August 1st.
The scheduled quarter-final clashes are as follows:
Leicester City vs Chelsea, Newcastle United vs Manchester City, Sheffield United vs Arsenal and Norwich City vs Manchester United.
Some provisional dates for your diary… #EmiratesFACup
— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) May 29, 2020
This article was edited by Conor Laird.