COMMUNITY SHIELD: Premier League champions Manchester City meet FA Cup winners Chelsea in the season’s traditional curtain-raiser at Wembley on Sunday.
While both teams won’t be going all out to chase victory, the game will give the two managers the chance to get some of their players up to scratch in terms of fitness.
Many first-team players however will not make the trip to Wembley after their World Cup exploits.
The likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, John Stones and Kyle Walker are yet to return to full training after being handed extended breaks.
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will be looking to get to grips with English football as soon as possible and a test against last season’s runaway champions will be a good marker.
For Pep Guardiola’s City, they will hoping to maintain their incredible level after becoming the first Premier League side to reach 100 points in a season.
The Community Shield, formerly known as the Charity Shield, may not be everybody’s cup of tea but it will still be played in front of a full house at Wembley.
The World Cup in Russia was the first to be played using the new video assistant referee (VAR) technology and it will be on show here.
The technology is yet to be used in the Premier League but it is only matter of time.
So who are the men in charge for the Community Shield?
Jon Moss will be the man in the middle at Wembley. The West Riding official also took charge of the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa in 2015.
Moss will be joined by assistant referees Adam Nunn and Eddie Smart and fourth official Paul Tierney. The reserve assistant referee is Dan Cook.
The VAR referee is Stuart Attwell with Andrew Halliday MBE the assistant VAR.
How does VAR work?
VAR operates on a three-step process of incident, review/advice, decision, and across the four jurisdictions of football deemed to be ‘game changing’.
VARs and other match officials are able to recommend reviews, but the only person who can initiate one is the referee, who will then have the final say on whether their original decision should stand or be changed.
They have the option to review footage themselves on a pitch-side monitor before making a final decision.
And what incidents can be reviewed using VAR?
Four incidents can be looked at. Penalties, red cards, goals and mistaken identity.
Here, VAR will look to ensure that the correct decision was made regarding the award or non-award of a penalty.
Much like with penalty decisions, VAR will look to ensure that the correct decision was made.
VARs are used here to help the referee determine whether an infringement was made that should result in the goal not being awarded.
VAR will clarify which players should be cautioned or sent off, or correct the referee in the event of mistaken identity.