Community Shield date confirmed two weeks before 2020-21 season

The FA confirm the Community Shield will be held on August 29 – just FOUR WEEKS after the FA Cup… but Liverpool’s name is mysteriously left off the announcement that mentions Chelsea and Arsenal

  • The Community Shield has been confirmed at Wembley for August 29
  • Premier League champions Liverpool will face the winner of the FA Cup final
  • Arsenal and Chelsea are the two sides battling to win in Saturday’s showpiece 
  • Liverpool’s name was bizarrely left off the release detailing the date of the game 

Liverpool were strangely absent from the Football Association’s release which confirmed the date of the Community Shield.

Jurgen Klopp’s champions were not named but Chelsea and Arsenal, who are going head-to-head this weekend in the FA Cup final, were. 

The match will take place on Saturday, August 29 at Wembley, just four weeks after the FA Cup final is hosted. 

Liverpool were absent from the Community Shield announcement released on Wednesday

Arsenal were named even though they are yet to be confirmed as participants in the match

Chelsea, who play Arsenal in the FA Cup final, were also named by the FA in their release

The match will be played a fortnight before the scheduled start of the new domestic football season on September 12. 

The FA said the kick-off time would be confirmed in due course. 

Sportsmail has contacted the FA for comment regarding Liverpool’s omission.  

Matches at Wembley have been played without supporters but the Community Shield could be set to welcome back a restricted number as part of a socially-distanced return for fans

It has been reported that the match could welcome a restricted number of supporters into Wembley as part of plans for supporters to make a socially-distanced return to sports venues more widely from October 1.

No Premier League games have featured fans since Leicester’s 4-0 thumping of Aston Villa on March 9, with matches taking place in eerie silence since the coronavirus lockdown. 

While test events are on the horizon, it remains unconfirmed if a small number of supporters will be allowed into Wembley on August 29. 

‘The October 1 deadline is certainly the target that we’re looking at,’ Sports Minister Simon Huddleston said, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.

Liverpool have been a class apart this season and went on to win a first league title in 30 years

‘If you look at various announcements we’ve made, some have been put forward, some have been pushed back, but that’s a pretty firm one.

‘In the whole scheme of things, it’s not that far away – 60-something days and we’ll be there – so I would be surprised if that date was moved.’ 

The match will be immediately followed by an international break from September 2 to 10. 

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