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Community Shield clash between Manchester City and Arsenal to debut the World Cup's 'vanishing spray' in England

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The vanishing spray used by referees during the 2014 World Cup will be used for the first time in English football, when Arsenal and Manchester City meet for the Community Shield on Sunday.

The spray is used to mark out where free kicks are taken from and how far away opposition walls should be from the free kick point, with the aim to stop players encroaching on the 10 yard minimum distance required by opposition players at dead ball situations.

The spray will now be used in the Premier League this season, as well as the Champions League. Speaking on the use of the spray,FA general secretary Alex Horne said, "It's great that vanishing spray will be used for the first time in England,"

"All the select list referees have been at St George's Park for tests with the spray and I am sure they will look forward to using it this season," he added."

The spray has been used for several seasons in the Brazilian and Argentine leagues.

It evaporates about a minute after being administered from a canister by the match official and helps prevent players from stealing ground at free-kicks.

FA Cup winners Arsenal and Premier League champions Manchester City will contest the Community Shield on Sunday at Wembley, as the traditional curtain raiser for the upcoming season.

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