Final whistle as women’s season is axed
FA say Super League decision came after ‘overwhelming feedback from clubs’
29 May, 2020 — By Steve Barnett
Kim Little opens the scoring for Arsenal against Spurs when the teams met at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last year. Photo: Tottenham Hotspur FC
CAMDEN-born Chelsea coach Emma Hayes could still end up taking the title off her old club Arsenal, despite the Women’s Super League being ended with immediate effect on Monday.
All divisions of women’s football in England have now been cancelled for the 2019-20 campaign due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The FA said the decision came after “overwhelming feedback from clubs” and “in the best interest of the women’s game”.
Decisions on whether the tables will now be voided or teams’ positions determined on a points per game (PPG) formula have yet to be taken, along with how promotion and relegation are handled.
Man City were a point clear at the top of the table when the season was suspended in March. However, Chelsea had a game in hand – meaning that if PPG is adopted Hayes’ side may be crowned champions. Chelsea and City are most likely to be named as England’s representatives in next season’s Women’s Champions League, ahead of defending champions Arsenal, in third when the action was halted.
The FA statement added: “Following full and thorough consultation with the clubs, the FA Women’s Super League & Women’s Championship Board has discussed various recommendations which will be sent to The FA Board to determine the most appropriate sporting outcome for the 2019/20 season.”