Manchester City won the 2019 Community Shield at Wembley (PA Images)
12 February 2020

2021 Community Shield set to be moved to avoid clash with Women's European Championships

The Football Association are considering moving the 2021 Community Shield from Wembley to avoid clashing with Women's European Championships.

The women's tournament, which is being hosted in England, begins on July 7 and ends at Wembley on August 1.

And while the Community Shield has been played almost exclusively at the national stadium since 1974, there have been exceptions which have meant the match has been moved.

When Wembley was being refurbished between 2001 and 2006, a number of major domestic games were moved to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, including six Community Shields.

And the fixture was also switched to Villa Park in 2012 to avoid clashing with the men's Olympic gold medal match at the London Games.

The Community Shield is the curtain raiser to the domestic season and is also the first trophy up for grabs for English clubs.

Meanwhile, The Netherlands are the holders of the Women's European Championships having beaten Denmark 4-2 in the 2017 final.

And England manager Phil Neville insisted back in August that his players know what they need to do to achieve success in front of a home crowd.

He said: “We’ve got the Olympic Games and the Euros, we know what we need to do to achieve success.

“The changes and new things I want to introduce in a couple of weeks when the next camp comes will be for us to try to be successful and make that next step.”

The Lionesses next match is against world champions USA in the SheBelieves Cup on March 6.

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