Official: Time changed for Chelsea vs Arsenal Community Shield game

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The FA has confirmed that the Community Shield will kick off an hour earlier than scheduled to avoid a clash with the Women’s European Championship final.

The match at Wembley between FA Cup winners Arsenal and Premier League champions Chelsea was originally due to kick off on Sunday at the traditional time of 3pm but it has now been brought forward to 2pm.

England women’s team are just one match away from the European Championship final in the Netherlands and face the hosts in the semi-finals on Thursday.

The final will kick off in Enschede at 5pm and if England get there and win the match it will be their first major tournament title.

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The FA consulted with BT Sport and it was decided a change would be best for all parties, 2pm is an hour earlier than the traditional kick-off time.

Channel 4 are airing the final and are hoping for big numbers if the Lionesses make it past the Netherlands. 3.3 million people watched the quarter-final win over France.

The Community Shield is a rematch of the FA Cup final in which Arsenal came out 2-1 winners over Chelsea.

Neither Chelsea or Arsenal objected to the time change, according to the Sunday Times.

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Arsenal and Chelsea are likely to field strong line-ups with both sides boasting expensive new forwards.

Alexandre Lacazette is now a Gunner, and their record signing, while former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea in another big-money move.

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