BBC to show first women's Community Shield since 2008 live
The BBC, the UK's public-service broadcaster, will show women's soccer's 2020 Community Shield live to a domestic audience on 29 August, as part of a historic double-header that day.
For the first time, both men’s and women’s Community Shield matches - featuring the league champions against the FA Cup winners from the previous season - will take place on the same day, with Chelsea taking on Manchester City in the women’s game, before Liverpool play Arsenal in the men’s contest.
This will be the first women’s Community Shield since 2008, and the first professional women’s soccer game in England since the 2019-20 season was abruptly postponed in February due to the coronavirus pandemic’s onset.
The women's game, kicking off at 12.30pm (BST), will be shown on the main BBC One channel, as well as through the iPlayer streaming service.
Rights to the men’s game, which will kick-off at 4.30pm, are contracted to pay-television's BT Sport.
The matches, marking the start of the 2020-21 season, will both be played at Wembley Stadium in London, and both fixtures will take place without fans in attendance, as a consequence of the pandemic.
Mark Bullingham, chief executive of the FA, said: “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.”
The BBC also shows live matches from the men’s and women’s FA Cups, as well as from the top-tier Women’s Super League, and has a highlights deal in place for the men’s Premier League.