The 2018 FA Community Shield, the annual football match between FA Cup and Premier League titleholders, will be carried exclusively in the United States on ESPN+, the new multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company Direct-to-Consumer & International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. FA Cup champion Chelsea FC and Premier League winner Manchester City will play at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. ET.
An FA Community Shield Preview show will be available on ESPN+ later today, looking back at the campaigns of both clubs last season, and features a one-on-one interview with Chelsea’s new manager, Maurizio Sarri. On Monday, ESPN+ will feature a highlight show recapping Sunday’s match.
Chelsea and Manchester City are two of the storied clubs in English football. Together, they have combined to win five of the last seven Premier League titles. A year ago, Chelsea defeated Manchester City in the 2017 Community Shield game in a shootout following a 2-2 tie in regulation. Both teams have each won the shield four times and the winner on Sunday will become the sixth club to win the competition at least five times.
The Community Shield has been contested annually as the curtain-raiser for the English football season since 1908 when Manchester United defeated Queens Park Rangers. Previously known as the FA Charity Shield (until 2002), Manchester United’s 21 titles in 30 appearances is the most appearances and titles in the history of the competition.
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