The FA Community Shield was founded in 1908, under its former name, the FA Charity Shield and was initially contested between the top professional and amateur teams of each season. In 1921, it was played between the Football League champions and FA Cup winners for the first time; the formation of a new top-tier division, the Premier League in 1992, meant it displaced the Football League spot.Wembley Stadium acted as the home venue of the Shield, but matches from 2001 were switched to the Millennium Stadium, whilst Wembley was being refurbished into a 90,000-capacity venue.
Chelsea qualified for the 2005 FA Community Shield as winners of the 2004–05 FA Premier League. It was their first league title in 50 years, remembered for the records broken such as the most wins, fewest goals conceded in a league season and most points accumulated. The other Community Shield place went to Arsenal, who beat Manchester United on penalties to win the 2005 FA Cup Final. The club was making its 18th Charity Shield appearance and held the Shield after beating Manchester United 3–1 a year ago. By contrast this was Chelsea's fifth appearance, their first since 2000. It was also the first meeting between both sides in the Shield.
"Our strength is that we can mix it up. We can play football, or we can ask for a longer ball. Playing a long-ball game does not mean you show a lack of quality. We have different qualities – that is one of our strengths."
Mourinho believed his team deserved to win and said after scoring the first goal, "we looked comfortable and solid in the defence and good on the counter-attack." He did not believe the result would have "any consequence on the future" on either team, but said "...it is better to win than to lose and we can go home happy and with a smile on our faces." Terry described the victory as a "perfect start", and added it gave Chelsea a psychological edge over Arsenal. Drogba felt the result was "good for confidence", though confessed Chelsea did not play well – particularly in midfield.
The defeat for Arsenal somewhat assured Wenger: "[It] is not too important. We have won four Community Shields and no-one regards it as a trophy so I do not mind anymore." He felt Chelsea's game plan was "very direct" and admitted Drogba gave his team "a hard time on the long balls". Wenger absolved Senderos of any blame for the two goals – "it would be unfair" – and believed Fàbregas showed why he was a capable replacement for Vieira: "He controlled the game and for me was outstanding." When asked if he was worried about Chelsea, Wenger retorted: "Did you see the game today? You can be worried if you are a Chelsea supporter," an indirect reference to their style of football.
Two weeks after the Community Shield match, both teams played each other in the league at Chelsea's home ground, Stamford Bridge. Drogba scored the only goal of the game, which marked Arsenal's first league defeat against their opponents in ten years. Chelsea also beat Arsenal away from home and went on to retain the Premier League. Whereas Arsenal's league form was indifferent and the team finished fourth (outside of the top two for the first time under Wenger), their performances in the UEFA Champions League were appreciable. They became the first London team to participate in a European Cup final, though lost 2–1 to Barcelona in the Stade de France, Paris.