Premier League clubs plot downsize of FA Cup and radical revamp of League Cup

A 'New Deal for Football' will see Premier League clubs look into scrapping FA Cup replays and make big changes to the current format of the League Cup.

It comes amid concerns that the current footballing calendar is too hectic ahead of the upcoming World Cup. The competition, set to begin in November in Qatar, will cut the season in half and leave clubs struggling logistically.

According to The Times, sweeping proposals will be at the top of the agenda when Premier League shareholders meet on Wednesday. Another radical reform will be to cut parachute payments for relegated clubs and distribute the funds more evenly across the EFL.

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A major change would see clubs in European competitions not have to compete in the League Cup, or be allowed to field teams completely made up of under-21 players.

The Premier League want to reduce fixture lists, which have become overbearingly congested in recent years.

While the cup competition will not be completely scrapped, it will be a huge nail in the coffin while the FA Cup will also face difficulties with replays being potentially called off.

Replays usually allowed smaller clubs the chance to either play at a massive venue or attract huge gate receipts if they draw one of the big boys. However, it is further stated that the EFL, who have yet to be approached, are happy to discuss the changes.

While talks might be planned for Wednesday and agreements could be made, nothing will change until the start of the 2024/25 season at the earliest.

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