Why every FA Cup third round tie will kick-off one minute late this season

Clubs from across the Premier League and the Football League will face each other in the FA Cup third round in January.

Ties were drawn on Monday December 2 as 44 teams from the top two tiers enter the competition this season.

Arsenal have lifted the FA Cup a record 13 times and will face Leeds United while Chelsea are set to take on Nottingham Forest in the same round that sees Tottenham Hotspur play away against Middlesbrough.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, will welcome Derby County to Selhurst Park. West Ham are away to Gillingham.

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In the Championship, London clubs Brentford, Fulham, Charlton Athletic, Millwall and QPR take on Stoke City, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, Newport County and Swansea City, respectively.

Wimbledon and Leyton Orient were knocked out before reaching the third round.

Matches in the FA Cup third round will take place on the weekend of 3-6 January.

Every match will kick off one minute after the usual slot, such as 12:31pm, 3:01pm, 5:31pm, following an announcement by the Football Association.

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This is part of a team-up with the Heads Up campaign, with a one-minute delay encouraging supporters to think about their mental health.

During the delay, fans will ‘Take A Minute’ to think about the positive impact 60 seconds can have on their own wellbeing or in supporting a friend or family member.

The FA’s Chief Executive Mark Bullingham said: “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.

Pep Guardiola celebrates with the FA Cup trophy
(Image: Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

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