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FA Community Shield

FA Community Shield Live Streaming
Name: FA Community Shield
Also Known As: Charity Shield
Founded: 1908
Stadium: Wembley Stadium, London
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FA Community Shield Live Streaming

Watching the FA Community Shield used to be difficult for fans in the UK and until recently needed an expensive subscription to a Pay TV channel but now thanks to our live streaming partners and their live streaming console you can watch the former Charity Shield live.

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Step 1: Click here to sign up to BET365.com 18+(A funded account/deposit is needed) (If you already have an account go to step 2

Step 2: Click on “Soccer”, found at the left hand side of the page, in the darker area for desktops or at the top of the page on mobile devices.

Step 3: Find the match that is of interest to you and so long as a square with a > symbol appears, you can watch live.

Step 4: Click on the text stating the match (on the left hand side) and then on the play symbol to watch along live.

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Where can I watch The FA Community Shield?

Here are the live streaming websites where you can watch Community Shield matches live

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Watch Community Shield

The FA Community Shield, formerly known as the Charity Shield, is the annual curtain opener for the English football season when the champions of the Premier League take on the winners of the FA Cup from the season before.

As well as setting up the new season and been a great occasion for fans of both clubs, the match also has an important aspect to it as the proceeds from the game are given to community initiatives and also to charities around England, with much of the gate receipts been given to clubs who participated in the in the FA Cup- including the many community and lower level clubs.

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Although match has a pre-season feel to it due to it taking place before the ‘official’ start of the new season, it is played so close to the new season that whilst the players maybe a bit rusty, they are certainly at full fitness.

The good news for all neutral fans and of course for the fans of the clubs involve, is the fact that whilst there is little but bragging rights on the line in the game and the players are unlikely to go full pelt so close to the season, the matches rarely fail to deliver excitement and lots of interest.

There are a number of reasons for that, including the match often been the first chance for fans to see new signings or youngster who are making the step up to the first team, play for their club but it is also a great chance for players on the fringes of the first team to really put a marker down and to make a claim for a starting birth come the opening round of the season.

The fact that the match is also been played at Wembley Stadium, in front of 70,000+ fans and in front of millions watching around the world also gives a sense of occasion to the game and makes sure that the players know the importance and that this just isn’t a regular match up.

If you are a fan of either club involved, or just a football fans in general who wants to watch all of the action live from the Community Shield, the great news is that you can.

What Can I Watch?

You can watch each and every FA Community Shield match live from Wembley.

How Can I Watch Community Shield?

Here are the live streaming websites where you can watch FA Community Shield matches live

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Live Stream Community Shield

It has never been easier to watch the match live from Wembley as all of the great live streaming services that we feature on this page allow you to watch the FA Community Shield live.

If you do decide to watch the match via one of the live streaming services offered by one of the online bookmakers on this page, you will need to be aged 18 or over and have funded account but you can then watch the match live as well as football form across the globe all season long.

What FA Community Shield Matches Can I Watch?

You can watch each and every FA Community Shield match live from Wembley Stadium.

How Can I Watch The FA Community Shield?

Here are the live streaming websites where you can watch Community Shield matches live

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History of the Community Shield

Although the event has undergone a number of changes down the years, it has a long and well established history dating all of the way back to 1908 when evolved from what was known as the Sheriff of London Charity Shield.

Back then, it was the best professional club against the best amateur side but when it became the Football Association Charity Shield it became a match between the Football League champions vs the Southern League champions.

The first of these matches was played between Manchester United (the Football league champions) and Queens Park Ranges (the southern league champions).

The match finished as a 1-1 draw, with Man Utd winning the replay in what was the only Charity Shield / Community Shield to go to a replay.

For the 1913 edition, the match was once again played between amateurs and professional with selected XI’s for both picked whilst the first time the shield was competed for between the League title winners and the FA Cup winners was in 1921.

The set up continued to change for much of the next decade before the League title winner vs cup winners format returned in 1930 and although it has changed from time to time, that has been the format used in the main ever since, not including years when a team does the double and the team finishing runners up in the cup usually featuring.

That first occurred in 1961 when Tottenham Hotspur became the first club to do the league and cup double but for the Charity Shield, it was a Football Association XI team that were selected to face off against Spurs.

Amongst the exceptions to the settled format came about in 1950, the English World Cup team featured a FA select team.

In 1959, the event moved to the start of the new season for the first time, in what has become its traditional place on the football calendar.

The next notable issue to crop up for the match came in 1971 when Arsenal were the 2nd club to do the league and cup double but they had already arranged a number of pre-season friendlies that saw them unable to feature. In the end it was Leicester City, the winners of the 2nd Division and Liverpool, the runner sup in the FA Cup, who were chosen to participate in the Charity Shield match up itself.

Just a year later, the then league champions Derby County and the FA Cup winners Leeds United declined to play the match with Manchester City, who had finished 4th in the top flight the year before and Aston Villa, who had won the Division 3 title, were chosen.

The current format of League champions and the Cup winners playing each other for the Charity Shield at Wembley Stadium as the season opener was cemented in place by the then FA Secretary Ted Croker for the 1974 season.

Down the years, the match has taken place at a number of venues including Stamford Bridge (on 10 occasions between 1908-1970), Highbury (on 7 occasions between 1924-1953), White Hat Lane (on 6 occasions between 1912-1961), Old Trafford (on 6 occasions between 1922-1967), Maine Road (on 5 occasions between 1926-1973), Vila Park (on 3 occasions between 1931-2012), Goodison Park (on 3 occasions between 1933-1966), the Den (on 2 occasions in 1913 and 1929), Molineux (in 1954 and 1959) whilst St James Park, Roker Park, Burnden Park, Turf Moor, Portman Road, Anfield, Elland Road and Filbert Street all hosting on 1 occasion.

On an ongoing basis, the match has found a home at some of the biggest stadiums in the British Isles including the Empire Stadium (Old Wembley between 1974-2000), the Millennium Stadium (between 2001-2006) and Wembley Stadium (2007-11 and ongoing ever since 2013).

Between 1949 and 1991, the shield was shared on 11 occasions due to matches been drawn, with both clubs getting their hands on the shield for 6 months apiece but that was ended for the 1993 season when penalties were first introduced for any games that were drawn.

That year also saw the match contested by the winners of the newly formed Premier League, instead of the Football League winners, and of course the FA Cup winners.

In 2002, the match was overshadowed by the controversary of the Charity Commission finding that the Football Association had failed to meet its requirement sunder charity law so the decision was made the change the matches name to the Community Shield.

The first match under its new name was played between Arsenal and Liverpool with the Gunners been the first club to be awarded the Community Shield.

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