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FA announce first ever Community Shield double header

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The Football Association has confirmed today that this year’s FA Community Shield will be a double header game.

The traditional curtain-raiser of the new season will take place at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Saturday 29 August. In the first Women’s Community Shield since 2008, Barclays FA Women’s Super League Champions Chelsea will face current Women’s FA Cup holders Manchester City. The FA Women’s Community Shield will kick off at 12:30, live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

The match will be followed by The FA Community Shield supported by McDonald’s, where 2020 Emirates FA Cup winners Arsenal will face 2019/2020 Premier League champions, Liverpool. The game will kick off at 16:30, live on BT Sport 1 & BT Sport Ultimate.

The double header games will be played behind closed doors without fans at Wembley Stadium.

Mark Bullingham, The FA’s Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to announce the first ever double header of The FA’s Community Shield at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 29 August. It’s a sign of our commitment to the women’s game and its growth, to have a curtain raiser that mirrors that of the men, with another high-profile fixture at Wembley Stadium.”

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