First Com­mu­nity Shield in 12 years for women on TV

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Katie Why­att

Women’s foot­ball will have its own Com­mu­nity Shield match this month for the first time since 2008.

While the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is be­lieved to still be fi­nal­is­ing de­tails ahead of an ex­pected an­nounce­ment this week, The Daily Tele­graph un­der­stands that Manch­ester City and Chelsea are set to play around lunchtime, im­me­di­ately be­fore the men’s game be­tween Arse­nal and Liver­pool, which is at Wem­b­ley, on Aug 29.

The game is set to be broad­cast live on BBC One ahead of the Women’s Su­per League and Cham­pi­onship sea­son be­gin­ning over the first week­end of next month.

With no elite do­mes­tic women’s foot­ball hav­ing been played since the Con­ti­nen­tal League Cup fi­nal on Feb 29, and pre-sea­son games tak­ing place be­hind closed doors, it is un­der­stood that the FA felt a cur­tain-raiser was more im­por­tant than ever.

The FA held the first women’s char­ity match ahead of the 2000-01 sea­son. Charl­ton Ath­letic and Arse­nal drew at Craven Cot­tage to raise money for Break­through Breast Can­cer, a char­ity that has since merged with oth­ers to be­come Breast Can­cer Now.

The in­au­gu­ral Women’s Char­ity Shield took place the fol­low­ing sea­son. From 2002, sea­sons kicked off with the FA Women’s Com­mu­nity Shield. The match was last played in 2008, with Arse­nal beat­ing Ever­ton 1-0. The com­pe­ti­tion has not taken place in the WSL era.

The FA has an­nounced the dates for the 2020-21 Women’s FA Cup, be­gin­ning with an ex­tra pre­lim­i­nary round on Sun­day, Sept 6, while the fi­nal is on May 22 at Wem­b­ley.

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