FA Cup will return this season: Dates set ahead of Arsenal-Sheffield United quarter-final

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal controls the ball as Jack O'Connell of Sheffield United looks on during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on October 21, 2019, in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal controls the ball as Jack O'Connell of Sheffield United looks on during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on October 21, 2019, in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

The FA Cup will return alongside the Premier League schedule, with the FA announcing provisional dates for each of the three remaining rounds.

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Pablo Mari of Arsenal celebrates after his teammate Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal (not pictured) scored their team's first goal during the FA Cup Fifth Round match between Portsmouth FC and Arsenal FC at Fratton Park on March 02, 2020 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND: Pablo Mari celebrates after his teammate Sokratis scores on March 02, 2020. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The FA confirm they’ve agreed on a provisional return date for the 2019/20 FA Cup. With the Premier League restarting on Wednesday, 17th June, the FA Cup quarter-finals will take place on Saturday, 27th and Sunday, 28th June.

Arsenal will face Sheffield United, though the exact venues and timings aren’t available yet. Whilst most (if not all) Premier League fixtures will take place in their normal stadiums, there was some talk of the FA Cup matches all happening at Wembley.

That’s certainly not official, and probably just a suggestion at this stage. Otherwise, expect the game to take place at Bramall Lane as previously planned.

After the quarter-finals, the semis are provisionally set for 11-12th July and the final for 1st August. Here’s the full list of quarter-finals, in case you don’t remember which teams are still in:

  • Leicester City vs Chelsea
  • Newcastle United vs Manchester City
  • Sheffield United vs Arsenal
  • Norwich City vs Manchester United

Honestly, I’m looking forward to this competition more than the Premier League. Maybe it’s something to do with the comparison between playing a quarter-final versus trying to escape ninth place. I don’t know.