This year, The FA Cup Final will be renamed in support of a nationwide campaign on mental health.
The 2020 showpiece, in agreement with official competition sponsor Emirates, will be known as the ‘Heads Up FA Cup Final.’ FA and Heads Together leads a mental health project, which donates the name of the ‘Heads Up’ movement.
In an FA statement, they said: “We can today announce that this season’s Emirates FA Cup Final will be dedicated to Heads Up, with lead partner Emirates donating their title to the campaign. As a result, the showpiece event in the football calendar will be known as the Heads Up FA Cup Final.”
Originally the FA Cup Final was scheduled on MAy 23 but now it is programmed to be held on 1 August. Despite a suspension of English football in March because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the competition is currently in the quarter-final stage.
The FA added: “Culminating in the Heads Up FA Cup Final, the campaign has strived to raise awareness, spark conversation and signpost support for those in need, highlighting to the nation that we all have mental health and it’s just as important as physical health.”
The president of the FA and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge heads the mental health campaign. It aims to raise awareness across the nation about its importance along encouraging mental health discussion.
This is not the first instance where the campaign on mental health has been present this season. Throughout the campaign, there have been campaigns and events, with every third-round match kickoff of the FA Cup delayed by a minute to encourage fans to think about their mental health.
The quarter-finals are scheduled to be held, at the end of this month, over the weekend of 27/28 June. The last eight are seeing an all-Premier League lineup, still in competition with four of the top six.
Before the remaining three games on 27 June, Norwich host Manchester United plays the following day. Sheffield United will welcome Arsenal to Bramall Lane, Newcastle faces Manchester City and Chelsea will travel to Tyneside to the high-flying Leicester.
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