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The FA Community Shield, also known as the Charity Shield, is an annual football match held in England, traditionally played at the start of the English football season. It brings together the winners of the previous season's Premier League and the FA Cup. The fixture serves as a curtain-raiser for the domestic season and is held at Wembley Stadium in London.

The origins of the Community Shield date back to 1908, when it was first established as the Sheriff of London Charity Shield. The match was originally contested between the champions of the Football League and the winners of the Southern League. In 1930, the format changed to involve the champions of the Football League and the winners of the FA Cup.

Over the years, the Shield has evolved into a high-profile event that attracts significant attention from football fans across the country. It serves as an opportunity for fans to witness a clash between two of the most successful teams in English football and sets the tone for the upcoming season.

The FA Community Shield not only holds great significance in terms of the footballing spectacle it provides but also in terms of its charitable aspect. Throughout its history, the event has been associated with various charitable causes, and funds raised from ticket sales and other sources have been donated to charitable organizations.

The match itself is a one-off encounter, usually contested over 90 minutes, with the possibility of extra time and a penalty shootout if the scores remain level. The fixture has witnessed numerous memorable moments and iconic goals over the years, often showcasing the skills of some of the most talented footballers in the world.

The winners of the FA Community Shield are awarded a trophy, which is currently sponsored by McDonald's. The trophy is presented to the winning team captain at the conclusion of the match, providing a memorable moment for the victorious side.

The FA Community Shield holds a special place in the hearts of English football fans, as it marks the return of top-level football after the summer break and generates excitement and anticipation for the season ahead. It serves as a testament to the rich history and enduring popularity of the beautiful game in England.