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The 2018 FA Community Shield, the annual football match between FA Cup and Premier League titleholders — this year Chelsea and Man City respectively — will be carried exclusively in the United States on the ESPN+ streaming network.

fa 3 august 2018An FA Community Shield Preview show will be available on ESPN+ later, looking back at the campaigns of both clubs last season, and features a one-on-one interview with Chelsea’s new manager, Maurizio Sarri. On Monday, ESPN+ will feature a highlight show recapping Sunday’s match.

Chelsea and Manchester City have between them won five of the last seven Premier League titles. A year ago, Arsenal defeated Chelsea in the 2017 Community Shield game in a shootout following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes. Both teams have each won the shield four times and the winner on Sunday will become the sixth club to win the competition at least five times.

The Community Shield has been contested annually as the curtain-raiser for the English football season since 1908 when Manchester United defeated Queens Park Rangers. Previously known as the FA Charity Shield (until 2002), Manchester United’s 21 titles in 30 appearances is the most appearances and titles in the history of the competition.

ESPN+ has consistently won with premier football content in the states, including World Cup coverage.