Community Shield clash on ITV for the first time since 2012

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Community Shield will be shown on free-to-air television for the first time since 2012, and ITV will broadcast the traditional Wembley show between Manchester City and Leicester on 7 August

  • The Community Shield is shown on ITV for the first time since 2012
  • Manchester City take on Leicester City in Wembley’s season opener
  • BT Sport has had the rights since 2013 but surrendered them two years ago
  • ITV will also broadcast the FA Cup from the 2021-22 campaign

The Community Shield returns to free-to-air television for the first time since 2012, as the clash between Manchester City and Leicester will air on ITV on 7 August.

The traditional season curtain at Wembley, normally played between the Premier League champions and the FA Cup winners, has been broadcast live on BT Sport in recent years. Highlights of the match were shown on the BBC later in the day.

But BT lost the rights to broadcast the FA Cup from the 2021-22 season two years ago, also giving up the chance to show the Community Shield match.

Community Shield will air on free-to-air television for the first time since 2012 2012

Community Shield will air on free-to-air television for the first time since 2012 2012

ITV will show the draw for the first time since Manchester City's 3-2 win over Chelsea this year Chelsea

ITV will be showing this year's standings for the first time since Manchester City's 3-2 win over Chelsea this year

ITV will show the draw for the first time since Manchester City’s 3-2 win over Chelsea this year Chelsea

The last free-to-air game of the Community Shield was the 2012 edition of the match, in which City defeated Champions League and FA Cup champions Chelsea at Villa Park.

This year’s draw will take place the weekend before the start of the new Premier League season, with kick-off at Wembley at 5pm.

Manchester City secured their spot in the game by winning their fifth Premier League title in May, with manager Pep Guardiola eyeing his third Community Shield title.

Manchester City secured their place in the August 7 encounter by winning the Premier League

Manchester City secured their place in the August 7 encounter by winning the Premier League

Manchester City secured their place in the August 7 encounter by winning the Premier League

City won back-to-back Shields in 2018 and 2019, beating Chelsea and Liverpool respectively in those years.

Leicester, meanwhile, qualified for the game by dramatically beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final last month.

Youri Tielemans’ lightning strike in the second half gave the Foxes the lead, with a late goal by Ben Chilwell for Chelsea being disallowed for offside courtesy of VAR.

Leicester take on Pep Guardiola at Wembley after beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final

Leicester take on Pep Guardiola at Wembley after beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final

Leicester take on Pep Guardiola at Wembley after beating Chelsea in the FA Cup final

It was Leicester’s first win in the FA Cup after four failed finals, the last in 1969.

The Community Shield is the first match scheduled for the 2021-2022 season, with Premier League matches for the new term to be announced on June 16.

The current holders of the Shield are Arsenal, who beat Liverpool on penalties last August to claim the prize. It was the Gunners’ 16th win in the league – only Manchester United have more with 21.

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