FA Community Shield 2022 is set to take place in Leicester's King Power Stadium instead of Wembley as usual due to the clash of fixtures. The latter will be unavailable since it is used for staging Women's EURO 2022 final on the same date.
The selection has yet been confirmed but King Power Stadium surprisingly has been listed as the favourite, despite its relatively low capacity. The Foxes' home side can only hold over 32,000 people compared to its contenders, Leeds' Elland Road, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, West Ham's London Stadium and Aston Villa's home base, Villa Park.
At first, Elland Road with the capacity of 37,792 was touted to be the front runner of the bid. Unfortunately, according to the internal sources, The Whites' home turf is no longer on the top of FA's consideration. The main reason is probably related to the availability of direct rail links from Manchester and Liverpool to the city during the weekend. Since the Community Shield match is more likely the encounter of Manchester City and Liverpool again as they both are involved in tight title race once more this season, plus The Reds playing in the FA Cup final, naming King Power as the venue might seems reasonable. Such is done to avoid the barren seats in Wembley at FA Cup semifinal this season when Pep Guardiola's and Jurgen Klopp's side locked horns. Based on the number of sources, it was believed that no direct train schedule from Manchester and Liverpool to London on weekend might have led to the empty seats there.
The Community Shield 2022 will be played on July, 31, or a week before the early start of Premier League 2022/23 season. It is the first one to be held outside Wembley after 2012 edition. At that time, the national stadium was used for Olympic Games and Villa Park was chosen instead to stage Roberto Mancini's Manchester City against Roberto Di Matteo's Chelsea. The match ended by 3-2 triumph for Sergio Aguero and Co.
King Power Stadium was opened in 2002. It is located nearby The Foxes' old venue, Filbert Street. It has rarely been selected for international fixtures. So far only four games have been played there, all of them were friendly games. Two of which were England's matches against Serbia Montenegro in 2003 and Switzerland back in 2018, whereas two other ones involved Jamaica national team (versus Brazil and Ghana) both in 2006. This venue's attendance record was Leicester's first Premier League fixture in 2015/16 season against Sunderland with 32,242 spectators.