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When is the Community Shield, which teams will play in it and will fans attend?

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1 Aug 2020, 15:41Updated: 1 Aug 2020, 15:41

DON'T panic, because domestic football in England won't be gone for long.

After the FA Cup final on August 1, clubs across the country are already turning their attention to next season which is set to restart on September 12.

Liverpool's participation in the Community Shield is surrounded in mystery

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Liverpool's participation in the Community Shield is surrounded in mystery

But before the big kick-off, the Community Shield will see two Premier League giants face-off at the Home of Football.

When is the Community Shield?

After the Covid-19 suspension, games are being held far later than originally scheduled. This season's Community Shield will take place on Saturday, August 29. Kick-off will be confirmed closer to the date.

Who will play in the Community Shield?

As ever, the Community Shield will be held at Wembley Stadium. It usually pits the winner of the Premier League against the FA Cup holders - which would mean Liverpool facing Arsenal or Chelsea. But there are doubts about whether Liverpool will appear - as revealed exclusively by SunSport. Their name did not appear on the official announcement of the game, while when questioned directly about Liverpool’s involvement, the FA refused to confirm who will be playing. Should Liverpool not be able to play, Premier League runners-up Man City would theoretically be asked to take their place. But City may also be reluctant to take part, with the Champions League final a week earlier on August 23.

The Community Shield is the curtain-raiser to a new season

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The Community Shield is the curtain-raiser to a new seasonCredit: Reuters

Will fans be allowed in to Wembley?

SunSport revealed how the government were hoping to have 15,000-20,000 fans at Wembley for this clash, provided trials went well in early August.

But after a rise in coronavirus cases, those planned trials have been postponed.

It is not known whether a crowd will be permitted at the Community Shield but what is certain is that no further trials will take place until August 15.

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