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FA Cup: time for a change

TIME FOR CHANGE: Manchester United's Ashley Young (left) on the verge of replacing Marcus Rashford during last May's FA Cup final

THE 2016-17 Emirates FA Cup is set to feature the introduction of a fourth substitute for the quarter finals, semi-finals and Final.

World football’s law-making-body IFAB is carrying out a global study into a proposal that would allow teams to make a fourth replacement during extra time.

And subject to IFAB approval, The FA will play a lead role in testing to introduce this innovation for the closing stages of this season’s Cup.

This would mean clubs who have used three substitutes from the seven players named on their bench during the sixth round, semi-finals and Final will then be allowed to introduce a fourth player in extra time. This format was first trialed earlier this summer in the Copa America tournament

The innovation follows on from the announcement of a sudden-death format for the quarter final stage in the 2016-17 edition. The revamped competition will see eight clubs battle it out in ties to be played to a finish on the day.

"The Emirates FA Cup is renowned for its great history and tradition but, as the game’s governing body, it is important The FA continues to look at how it can further add to the drama and spectacle of a competition loved by millions around the world," said FA chief executive Martin Glenn.

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