In support of a nationwide campaign on mental health, the FA Cup Final this year will be renamed.
In agreement with official competition sponsor Emirates, the 2020 showpiece will be known as the ‘Heads Up FA Cup Final.’ The final donates the name of the ‘Heads Up’ movement, a mental health project led by the FA and Heads Together.
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.”
On August 1 the FA Cup Final is scheduled to be held which was initially dated of May 23. Owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic English football was suspended in March, in spite of that 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 mental health campaign is led by the president of the FA and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. The project’s motive is to encourage mental health discussion and raise awareness across the nation about its importance.
There have been campaigns earlier that focused on mental health. With every third-round match kickoff of the FA Cup delayed by a minute to encourage fans to think about their mental health, throughout the campaign.
Over the weekend of 27/28 June – end of this month, the quarter-finals are scheduled to be held. The last eight are seeing an all-Premier League lineup, still in competition with four of the top six.
On 27 June, Norwich host Manchester United plays the following day before the remaining three games. Sheffield United will welcome Arsenal to Bramall Lane, Chelsea will travel to Tyneside to the high-flying Leicester and Newcastle faces Manchester City.