Why are FA Cup 3rd round ties kicking off one minute late, and what is the Take a Minute campaign?


ALL this year’s FA Cup third round ties are kicking off one minute late.

Fans will be encouraged to ‘Take A Minute’ as part of the ‘Heads Up’ campaign – backed by Prince William.

All FA Cup third round ties will be delayed by a minute as part of the Heads Up campaign

The campaign aims to get people talking and to think about their mental health.

All 32 third round ties including the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, Manchester United’s trip to Wolves and Leeds United’s visit to Arsenal will kick-off at the new times.

So the traditional kick-off times of 3pm, 12:15pm and 7:45pm will now take start at 3:01pm, 12:16pm and 7:46pm.

Any replays will not be subject to the delay.

The FA released a statement to support the move which read: “It is hoped that the initiative will raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health, with 60 seconds representing just the first step in the journey to improved wellbeing.

“During the minute delay, fans will be encouraged to consider the positive impact 60 seconds can have on their own wellbeing or in supporting a friend or family member.”

Prince William took part in a promotional video for the ‘Take a Minute’ campaign
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has also thrown his weight behind the campaign

The Heads Up campaign is spearheaded by the Duke of Cambridge and harnesses the influence and popularity of football to encourage more people particularly men to feel comfortable talking about, and taking action to improve their mental health.

And to recognise that mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness.

Fans can search Every Mind Matters to create their own personal mental health action plan.

Ahead of the campaign, Wills – who is FA President – spoke in a promotional video, saying: “In life, as in football, we all go through highs and lows.

“We can all sometimes feel anxious or stressed. At moments even the little things can seem a struggle. But we can all start to change things.

“Every Mind Matters and Heads Up will show you the simple steps you can take to look after your mental health – helping to boost your mood, improve your sleep and feel ready for life’s ups and downs.”