The French Football Association (FFF) has decided not to play any extra time next season in matches for the Coupe de France, the national cup tournament. The exception to the rule is the final. The extensions will be retained there.
From the first round up to and including the semifinals, teams will start the penalty shootout immediately after ninety minutes. This system was already used last season in the Coupe de la Ligue, which will disappear from the calendar from next season.
This evolution can ensure that smaller teams have a greater chance of pushing through. In this way, FFF chairman Noël Le Graët also wants to (slightly) decrease the many playing minutes of the players.
After all, the 2020-2021 season looks very tiring for the players. After the national and European competitions, the European Football Championship postponed this year also awaits in June 2021.