The Community Shield at Wembley will be a historic double-header this year with the women's game taking place before the men's showpiece on 29 August.

Chelsea will face Manchester City before Liverpool and Arsenal do battle at the famous stadium.

"We can now confirm that this year's FA Community Shield will be a double-header game at Wembley Stadium," the FA said in a statement.

"The traditional curtain-raiser of the new season will take place on Saturday 29 August 2020 with both the Women's and Men's Shield being contested at the national stadium.

"And in what will be 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 match will kick off at 12.30pm BST and will be shown live on BBC 1 and BBC iPlayer in the UK."  

Fans will not be allowed in to attend the games however.


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It was under consideration to allow the occasion to serve as a pilot event that would let a limited number of supporters to attend a football match for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic.

However, after similar tests in county cricket and snooker had to be abandoned due to a rise in Covid-19 cases, the FA have decided not to press ahead with their plans.

The World Snooker Championship in Sheffield and a county match between Surrey and Middlesex allowed spectators in as part of a trial, but that was abruptly halted after the government changed their guidance in the wake of an increase in infections.

The government announced last month it hoped to be able to allow fans into Premier League games and other sporting events from 1 October, subject to coronavirus guidelines.

But it remains to be seen whether that will go ahead.