Cup ties to highlight mental health

All FA Cup third-round ties in January will kick off one minute late as part of a campaign to promote mental health.

The Football Association, in partnership with the Heads Up campaign and Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters, wants to encourage fans to think about their mental wellbeing.

The 32 third-round ties will take place over the weekend of January 3-6.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham, said: “While delaying kick-off times by 60 seconds is a simple idea, it provides a powerful platform for us and our Heads Up charity partners to deliver a really important message on mental health.

“We know that men in particular can be reluctant to talk about the subject, so it is important that we use football as a vehicle to stress the importance of mental fitness.”

Godric Smith, chair of the Heads Up campaign, added: "The FA Cup is a competition for everyone - for clubs big and small - and we want to use its power to help show that we all have mental health and that we can all take a minute to focus on how we can start to improve it."

The initiative will promote the free, online Every Mind Matters resources and the Your Mind Plan tool, which fans can use to create a personal mental health action plan.

Read more about Heads Up here.