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ABOUT Community Shield
The FA Community Shield is an annual fixture which sees the league champions take on the FA Cup winners in a showdown at Wembley.
The trophy is normally contested before the start of the new domestic football season. What’s more, the Community Shield is also one of the oldest competitions out there having been founded back in 1908.
When a club wins a domestic double and claims both the league title and FA Cup, it is the side that finishes second in the league that then competes for the Community Shield.
Funds raised from the fixture are distributed to charities, local projects and community initiatives across the country. The money is also distributed to the 124 clubs who took part in the first round of the FA Cup.
Before 1908, this competition was known as the Sheriff of London Charity Shield which saw the best amateur club and best professional club in the country go head to head. This was a competition that ran from 1898 before being replaced by the Community Shield ten years later.