Why 2020 FA Cup final was renamed Heads Up FA Cup final

FA Cup renamed to Head Up

Why 2020 FA Cup final has been renamed Heads Up FA Cup final

This year’s FA Cup final was renamed Heads Up FA Cup final.

Eight sides take on each other this weekend for a position in the semi-finals of the domestic cup after more than three month hiatus of the competition due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This season’s FA Cup was renamed to the Heads Up FA Cup final to raise mental health awareness.

Title sponsor Emirates agree to the name change for the final which has been penciled for 1 August at the Wembley Stadium.

While announcing the decision, FA President Prince William said that the final can be ‘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 [Covid-19].

‘I think there’s going to be, sadly, a lot of repercussions from this in society, not just in football, in terms of people’s mental health.

‘Hopefully the FA Cup can be a bit of a pivot that people can rally around.’

Prince William has been working with the FA alongside a group of charities in the Heads Together Initiative.

The work aims to encourage football supporters to speak about their problems or support a fellow fan.

Prince William
The Duke of Cambridge has been at the forefront of a season-long campaign around mental health

Manchester City, Chelsea, Leicester City, Sheffield United, Manchester United, Arsenal, Newcastle and Norwich City are set to battle for a place in the semi-finals in this year’s FA Cup.

Norwich City welcome Manchester United to Carrow Road on Saturday.

On Sunday, Sheffield United will play host to 13-time FA Cup winners Arsenal, Chelsea will travel to Leicester City while Newcastle United will entertain current holders Manchester City.

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Manchester City will be looking to defend the trophy after losing the Premier League title to Liverpool