FA Women’s Community Shield for the first time since 2008
England’s national stadium had got a ‘Double Header Blessing!’ The Wembley Stadium in London had played host to both the women’s and men’s Community Shield on Wednesday, August 29th.
Women’s Super League [WSL] champions Chelsea were up against FA Cup holders Manchester City in the first game of the day. Chelsea won 2-0 courtesy goals from Millie Bright and Erin Cuthbert.
It was heartening to know that the women’s edition was revived 12 years after the last Charity Shield encounter. Arsenal were the last team to lift the Shield.
Women’s: Chelsea vs Man City
Men’s: Liverpool vs Arsenal
The game serves as the curtain raiser to the new season of the Women’s Super League after the 2019-20 season was cut short by Covid-19. Chelsea were awarded the title on a points-per-game basis.
Both games were played behind closed doors to curb the spread of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The start of the new WSL season – a week later on September 5th will also be played without spectators in attendance.
Much like ‘Project Restart’, the 2020-21 Premier League season will continue to be played with empty stadiums in the backdrop. It’s slated to begin on 12th September.
Reinstating the women’s edition of the FA Community Shield is a step in the right direction for English football. Women’s football supporters would have been displeased when UEFA postponed the Women’s Euro Finals to 2022 because of Covid-19.
A noteworthy deviation this time around is that the Community Shield will take place on a Saturday. The Sunday preceding the Premier League opening weekend was usually reserved for the Shield match.
Premier League Champions Liverpool played against FA Cup winners Arsenal when the men played later on in the day. They were ultimately punished for their inability to finish off the game.
The Merseysiders lost in the penalty shootout once again, after being beaten by Manchester City in the same way last season.