Follow the Copa del Rey draw live online
The draw of the first round of the Copa del Rey, held Sunday (12:30), will have four big absentees: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético and Valencia. With the new format, not all First Division teams enter the competition in the same round. Each season, the four Spanish Super Cup participants (this campaign coincides with the four Champions League representatives) will be exempt from the first two rounds of the KO tournament.
Why Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético and Valencia are exempt from the first two rounds of the Copa del Rey
The reason is the remaining calendar configuration with the new format of the two competitions organized by RFEF. From this season, One week was set aside in January (this season, the weekend of January 11 and 12, 2020) for the Spanish Super Cup. That week, the League will stop and the matches of the second round of the Copa del Rey will be played (over the weekend). For this reason, the four Spanish Super Cup participants are exempt from the first two rounds..
On the other hand, by virtue of this route, it was taken advantage of the fact that Barcelona and Real Madrid are exempt from the first qualifying game for Wednesday, December 18 (when the rest of the First Division teams begin their journey in the knockout tournament). Classic that was postponed on October 26 due to the situation in Catalonia.
When will play the Copa del Rey Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético and Valencia
As it is exempt from the first two rounds in which the other 16 LaLiga Santander teams are already participating, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atlético and Valencia will enter the Copa del Rey from round 16, which will be played in a single match between Tuesday 21 and Thursday 23 January 2020. With the new format, starting this season, all World Cup rounds will be decided for the single game, except the semifinals, which will remain a double game.