2020/21 Women's FA Cup set to return
The 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup is set to return after it was postponed earlier in the season.
The competition was paused in January due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 in England, but the FA confirmed on Thursday that the tournament will resume from late March.
In a statement, the FA said:
“We are pleased to confirm that following the Government’s recent roadmap announcement which will see the safe return of grassroots football from 29 March, the 2020-21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup will recommence at the end of this month.
“The competition was paused in January at the second round after the country went into its third lockdown, with all ‘non-elite’ football suspended as a result.
“With the recent announcement that the suspension will be lifted in a few weeks, we're now in a position to reschedule the first four rounds of the competition – with one tie still to be played in the first round proper and 17 in the second round proper, before the third and fourth rounds can be played.”
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The statement went on to confirm the dates for when the first, second, third and fourth rounds will take place.
Manchester United Women will be involved in the last of those and Casey Stoney's Reds face an away trip to one of Burnley, Fylde, Sunderland or Sheffield FC, depending on the outcome of the second and third-round clash between the sides.
A date is yet to be set for the following rounds, including the final.
The FA Cup has proved to be a tough nut to crack for the Reds since the team's creation in 2018.
We made it to the quarter-finals in our first campaign, before being eliminated by Reading, and last season we were beaten by eventual champions Manchester City in the fourth round.
Before attention turns to the cup, United face huge WSL encounters with Aston Villa and Arsenal.