August 1, 2021

When is the FA Cup 2019-20 final & will fans be allowed to attend?

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Here’s what you need to know about this year’s edition of the FA Cup final following the tournament’s postponement due to the coronavirus outbreak

This year’s FA Cup final will see Arsenal battling it out with Chelsea at Wembley for the coveted trophy.

Mikel Arteta’s Gunners defeated Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City – who were defending champions – in a 2-0 victory at Wembley with a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double proving the difference.

Chelsea beat Manchester United in the other semi-final, winning 3-1 in a game defined by David de Gea errors.

Goal has the details on when the FA Cup final will take place and more.

When is the 2020 FA Cup final?

The FA Cup final will be played Saturday August 1 at Wembley. The game will kick off at 5:30pm BST (12:30pm ET).

Arteta will have the opportunity to win his first piece of silverware as Arsenal coach and a victory in the final would see the Gunners extend their record as most successful team in the competition with a 14th title.

Chelsea are going for their ninth FA Cup and the Blues were last triumphant in the competition in 2018, when they overcame Manchester United in the final.

In March, the 2019-20 competition had been forced to a halt for three months due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Will fans be allowed to attend the 2020 FA Cup final?

As has been the case with all games played in England since the restart, the 2020 FA Cup final will be played behind closed doors with no fans in order to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

FA’s chief executive Mark Bullingham said: “We are pleased to agree the provisional restart date for the FA Cup.

“The competition has been an integral part of the English football calendar for nearly 150 years and we’d like to thank the Premier League executive and clubs for their support in scheduling the remaining matches during this unprecedented time.”

How can I watch the FA Cup final on TV or live stream?

The 2020 FA Cup final will be broadcast live on TV in the UK on BBC One and it will be available to stream live online via BBC iPlayer.

It will also be shown live on BT Sport 1 along with the network’s online app.

In the US, the 2020 FA Cup final will be available to watch live through the ESPN+ livestreaming service.

What is the ‘Heads Up FA Cup final?

It was announced earlier this year by the FA that this year’s edition will be known as the Heads Up FA Cup final in order to raise awareness about mental health.

Prince William, who serves as president of the FA, said: “We’re going to really use the final as a moment to promote good, positive mental health for everyone.

“It’s quite timely bearing in mind what we’ve all been through with this pandemic.”

The Emirates, who usually serve as the sponsor of the tournament, agreed with the name change.

Heads Up is a campaign that serves to encourage the conversation about mental health in football. The campaign hopes to emphasise that the mental health of players is as important as their physical health.