The FA digs for the Community Shield over August 30, despite uncertainty about the availability of Liverpool’s opponents … and it could become an inviting event if FA Cup winners make commitments in Europe
- The FA plans to host the Community Shield in Wembley on Sunday, August 30
- FA officials want it to continue despite availability problems from potential opponents
- Man United and Man City could be involved in the European finals the week before
- If the FA Cup winners are not available, it can become an inviting event
The FA plans to host the Community Shield on Sunday, August 30 as the first game of the 2020-21 season, despite uncertainty about the availability of Liverpool’s potential opponents.
Sports email has learned that this is the commercial value of the traditional curtain rearing for broadcasters and sponsors, that the FA continues to plan to keep it the next month as usual, although there are doubts about its commitment to decorating the FA Cup semi-finalists Manchester City and Manchester United, both of which could be involved in the European finals last week.
If the FA Cup winners are not available, the format can be changed and become an invitee event.
The FA dug their heels over the date of the Community Shield in late August
There is uncertainty about the availability of potential Liverpool opponents in the showpiece
The FA estimates annual losses of up to £ 75 million a year for the next four years due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
And having already canceled several games in England, other sporting events and appearances for Wembley, they have concluded that they cannot afford to lose another high profile game which is an important part of their broadcasting contract.
In addition, the governing body is also increasingly resigning to scrap repeats of the FA Cup in the third and fourth rounds next season, which would lead to further revenue losses.
The FA will postpone a formal announcement about the Community Shield until after the FA Cup semifinal on July 18-19, when the bean counters at Wembley hope both clubs in Manchester will be eliminated.
Manchester City, which won the Community Shield last year, will face Liverpool
United are up against Chelsea, with City against Arsenal, and a win for both London clubs would make life easier for the FA due to their opponents’ ongoing European obligations.
United and City are still in the Europa League and the Champions League respectively. And with those finals set to take place on August 21 and 23, it’s unclear whether either club would be willing to participate in the Community Shield the following week.
As a result, the FA could invite yet another team to take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side in a change from the original form of champions against cup winners, although they have not yet developed a plan for such a scenario.
If the FA’s plans come about, the Community Shield would be a standalone game for the international break in early September, when England face England and Denmark in the UEFA Nations League.