FA Cup ties to kick off one minute later
The Football Association has announced that all Emirates FA Cup third-round fixtures will be delayed by one minute to encourage fans to ‘Take A Minute’ to think about looking after their mental health, as part of the 'Heads Up' campaign.
“Whilst delaying kick-off times by 60 seconds is a simple idea, it provides a powerful platform for us and our Heads Up charity partners to deliver a really important message on mental health. We know that men in particular can be reluctant to talk about the subject, so it is important that we use football as a vehicle to stress the importance of mental fitness.”
Godric Smith, chair of the 'Heads Up' campaign said:
“It is fitting that the first big Heads Up campaign moment should be linked to the Emirates FA Cup Third Round - a signature moment in any football season. The Emirates FA Cup is a competition for everyone - for clubs big and small - and we want to use its power to help show that we all have mental health and that we can all take a minute to focus on how we can start to improve it. We are very grateful for all the support from right across the football family, from our mental health charities - and to Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters for their fantastic partnership.”
The draw for the third round takes place on BBC Two this evening at 19:00 GMT and will be made by Tony Adams, the former England international and three-time FA Cup winner and founder of 'Heads Up' charity partner, Sporting Chance. Third-round ties will take place on weekend of 3-6 January 2020.
For more information on the Heads Up campaign visit – TheFA.com/HeadsUp and headstogether.org.uk/heads-up. Fans can also search ‘Every Mind Matters’ to create their own personal mental health action plan.