There will be no FA Cup replays from the first round onwards next season.

If a smaller team manages to hold a bigger club there will be no potential money-spinning replays anymore, and instead the game will be decided on the day.

In a change that is likely to be more well received by fans, all rounds of the FA Cup will revert back to being played at weekends - the fifth round of the competition has been played in midweek for the past five seasons.

The changes come as part of a new six-year agreement between the Football Association and the Premier League.

The Premier League has also removed its mid-season break from the calendar.

Matches will start in mid-August following a consecutive three-week summer break instead of a shorter spell of rest in the winter, with the decision coming from "expert advice from medical and technical departments".

Currently, the FA Cup has no replays from the fifth round onwards, but the FA says the move to eliminate them from an earlier stage has been made "in light of changes to the calendar driven by the expanded UEFA competitions".

However, the qualifying rounds - where grassroots clubs from the fifth to the 10th tiers of English football compete for 32 spots in the first round - will still have replays.

The first round of the FA Cup sees professional teams from League One and League Two enter, with Championship and Premier League teams joining from the third round.

Other changes will see the fourth and fifth rounds, and the quarter-finals, played without clashing with any Premier League fixtures for the first time.

The fourth round will be played in an extended window from Friday to Wednesday.

The FA Cup final has also been moved to the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season, and will be played on a Saturday.

The agreement also sees the Premier League increasing its funding to grassroots football, with an additional £33m being provided.

"The FA Cup is our biggest asset," said FA chief executive Mark Bullingham.

"This new agreement between the FA and the Premier League strengthens the FA Cup and gives this very special tournament exclusive weekends in an increasingly busy calendar.

"We have also agreed new funding for the grassroots game, disability football and the women's and girls' game.

"All football begins at the grassroots, and this is recognised by the Premier League with very welcome additional financial support."

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