The Football Association have today announced that the 2020/2021 Vitality Women’s FA Cup is able to return at the end of the month following the competition’s suspension in January.
The news comes following the government’s announcement regarding the COVID-19 roadmap for a return to normality, with grassroots football being allowed to return from 29 March.
The first four rounds of the competition have been rearranged, with the one outstanding first round fixture to be played on 31 March. The remaining second round ties will be played on 4 April before the third round takes place on 11 April.
The 12 Barclays FA Women’s Super League clubs and 11 sides from the FA Women’s Championship will enter the competition in the fourth round on 28 April.
Details regarding the final four rounds are still to be finalised, though The Football Association have confirmed that the fifth round will take place this season. The quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final could possibly be played during the 2021/2022 season.
The real good news is that fans are likely to be permitted to attend ties in the latter rounds of the competition should the UK government’s exit plan remain on track.
Fourth Round Draw (selected ties including clubs from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship)
Leicester City v Liverpool
Middlesbrough or Hull City or Stoke City or Wem Town v Sheffield United
Birmingham City v Coventry United
Burnley or Fylde or Sunderland or Sheffield FC v Manchester United
Everton v Durham
Manchester City v Aston Villa
Watford or MK Dons or Wolverhampton Wanderers or Nottingham Forest v Blackburn
Reading v Tottenham Hotspur
Cardiff City or Oxford United or Billericay Town or Ipswich Town v Charlton Athletic
Arsenal v Portsmouth or Cheltenham Town or Crawley Wasps or Gillingham
Chelsea v London City Lionesses
Lewes v Southampton or Plymouth Argyle or Keynsham Town or Yeovil United
Brighton & Hove Albion v Bristol City
West Ham United v Hounslow or Leyton Orient or Chichester & Selsey or Kent Football
United or Enfield Town
Crystal Palace v London Bees
Article author: Lewis Walsh