The Women’s Super League and Women’s Champion seasons have been ended instantly, with the result of the WSL title and promo and relegation concerns still to be chosen.
The joint WSL and Women’s Championship board has actually sent out various suggestions to the Football Association board to “figure out the most suitable sporting result for the season”.
An FA declaration stated the choice came after “overwhelming feedback from clubs” and was made “in the very best interest of the women’s video game”.
It continued: “This will also allow clubs, the Women’s Super League and Women’s Champion board and the FA to plan, prepare and concentrate on next season when football returns for the 2020-21 campaign.”
It implies all divisions of women’s football in England have now been cancelled for the 2019-20 project.
Clubs had actually been presuming their season would not resume, several sources had informed BBC Sport, leaving the 45 remaining fixtures in the WSL – and 36 in the Championship – impressive.
Monday’s joint leagues board meeting followed a formal assessment procedure with clubs recently. The FA composed to clubs on Wednesday to seek their official views on whether to end the season and how to do so.
What is still to be chosen?
Manchester City were top of the table when the season was suspended in March due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic, although second-placed Chelsea had a video game in hand on the leaders.
Reigning champions Toolbox were 3 points further back in third place.
Ought to final locations in the Women’s Super League be decided by an unweighted points-per-game ratio, Chelsea would climb above City to go top.
Also still to be verified are England’s 2 representatives to participate in next season’s Women’s Champions League, which, the FA stated in their statement, “would be based upon sporting merit” from the WSL season.
At the foot of the WSL, Liverpool stay in threat of being relegated. The Reds are a point below second-from-bottom Birmingham and have played a game more.
Aston Villa are 6 points clear of Sheffield United at the top of the second-tier Championship.
It is understood no choice has yet been made concerning the conclusion of the Women’s FA Cup, which had reached the quarter-final stage before March’s suspension of elite football in England.
Clubs respond to season’s early end
Manchester City said they “now wait for the outcome of conversations relating to the last standings of the league table”.
On their site, the club added: “While disappointed that we are not able to finish the season, we comprehend the complexities of the circumstance and support the FA’s choice.
” Our top priority stays the safety and health and wellbeing of our players and staff, and we will now progress with preparations for next season.”
Manchester United were 4th in their first season at WSL level, and said they “understood” and “accepted” the choice to bring the campaign to an early conclusion.
United manager Casey Stoney stated: “It’s undoubtedly disappointing not to be able complete the season, however it is the best choice for the safety of everyone included.
” Our focus now transfers to our development for next season, which we have actually been constantly preparing for throughout the year, and we can’t wait to be back on the pitch once again when it is safe to do so.”
West Ham United boss Matt Beard stated: “While the choice was always to go back to the pitch to identify the project if safe to do so, we completely comprehend the unique scenario that we, and football, finds itself in.
” As constantly, the health and wellness of our gamers, personnel and great fans remains the priority at all times.”
Bristol City manager Tanya Oxtoby added: “The safety of the players, staff and public is the most crucial thing and, while it’s frustrating that we can not complete our 8 remaining games, we value that a decision has actually now been made.”
Crystal Palace, who were eighth in the 11- group Championship, posted on Twitter: “Clearly a frustrating end to the season however the security of our gamers and staff is vital. We can now eagerly anticipate next season with no interruptions.”