As part of Tuesday's announcement of the return of the SSE Airtricity League, Niall Quinn, the FAI's Interim Deputy CEO, has confirmed that the Extra.ie FAI Cup will round off the 2020 season after the conclusion of the league.
"What we've discussed at this point is that the eight quarter-finalists will complete the Extra.ie FAI Cup after the SSE Airtricity League season has ended,” said Quinn in an interview with FAI TV.
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“(The clubs) will be rewarded for getting to that point, to help them financially for the remaining Cup matches and the longer season.
"We've looked at how we can make the Extra.ie FAI Cup part of the agenda so that clubs aren't being stretched too far in terms of the length of the season and costs.”
The FAI announced earlier that the National League Executive Committee has ruled that the League of Ireland will resume on 31 July with two rounds of matches in total – this will also included the games already played to date. Promotion and relegation as scheduled at the start of the 2020 season.
The decision is pending ratification from the FAI Board.