No more competitive football will be played under the 2019/2020 season for both the Women’s Super League and Championship.
By James Braham
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 7 of VARSITY News.
As decisions are made to implement a restart of the English Premier League for men, the Women’s Super League season has been cancelled for the remainder of the season, with immediate effect.
The Football Association (FA) have confirmed that the 2019/2020 Women’s Super League and Championship have been forfeited due to “overwhelming feedback from the clubs” – regarding the effects of Covid-19.
The following statement was released, “Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the FA Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship board has been in regular consultation with clubs and key stakeholders from across both leagues to identify the most suitable and appropriate way to conclude the 2019-20 season, and to give clubs and players the clarity and support they need at this time.”
With the immediate cancellation, the focus continues to be on the safety of the clubs and their players and staff. The global pandemic has had varying closures and restarts for different footballing leagues in Europe. The English Premier League is supposedly starting on the 17th of June, whilst the remaining games for the French Leagues (Ligue 1 and Ligue 2) were cancelled at the end of April. The German League (Bundesliga) has already resumed fixtures.
In terms of the Women’s Super League, after 16 games into the season; Manchester City were leading the standings with 40 points, Chelsea on 39 (with a game in hand) and Arsenal on 36. Although on top, Manchester City supported the FA’s decision to cancel the season, stating, “Whilst disappointed that we are unable to complete the season, we understand the complexities of the situation and support the FA’s decision.”
Since the statement, the club have recruited ex-City player Gareth Taylor as their new manager. The focus of the FA and all the clubs involved look towards the 2020/2021 season.