The Football Association (FA) has revealed that it is consulting with Barclays Women’s Super League (WSL) clubs over ‘the possibility of terminating the 2019-20 season’ due to the ongoing global health pandemic.
While the decision has not been confirmed, the FA has discussed the possibility after an examination of the financial, logistical and operational challenges that football’s governing body faces during the crisis.
An FA spokesperson stated: “Following an assessment of the protocols required to return to football and feedback from clubs, which is crucial to any decision-making process, it is clear that there will be significant challenges in completing the 2019-20 season.
“We’re continuing to consult with the clubs on the possibility of terminating the 2019-20 season and, in the event it is decided that this appears to be the only realistic way forward, to seek views on the most appropriate sporting outcome for the season.
“This includes identifying entries for the 2020-21 UEFA Women’s Champions League, which would be based on sporting merit from the 2019-20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League season.”
The governing body reiterated that its primary concern is over the welfare of the clubs and players, with the FA collaboratively working with everybody involved over when football should resume.
A decision over the future of the FA Women’s Championship has also yet to be decided after conversations concluded on Monday.
No WSL matches have been played since February after the competition was postponed over the spread of coronavirus. Moreover, the FA has remained in constant communication with club representatives in order to help women’s football plan long-term strategies.
The FA added: “Our overriding ambition is to give the clubs, players and stakeholders in the game the support and clarity they need during these challenging circumstances, and to help and enable women’s football to continue to thrive in the future.”
If the Women’s Super League does come to a premature conclusion then it follows in the footsteps of the Ladbrokes Premiership which officially ended yesterday. Meanwhile, in England the FA had previously announced that stages three to six of the men’s football pyramid would be ‘null and void’ this season.