First Community Shield in 12 years for women on TV
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.