The Football Association (FA) Women’s Super League & Women’s Championship Board have today terminated the Barclays Women’s Super League and the Women’s Championship.
The governing body released a statement on their website about the decision taken to cancel the leagues.
“Following overwhelming feedback from the clubs, the decision to bring an end to the 2019-20 season was made in the best interest of the women’s game. This will also enable clubs, the FA Women’s Super League & Women’s Championship Board, and the FA to plan, prepare and focus on next season when football returns for the 2020-21 campaign,” the statement read.
“Supporting the welfare of the clubs and players will continue to be our primary concern throughout this process, which also involved a robust and thorough examination of the logistical, operational, and financial challenges that the game currently faces,” the statement added.
The FA has not made any decisions regarding a champion or relegations for the 2019/20 season. Manchester City currently sits atop the WSL. However, City is only one point clear of second-place Chelsea.
In contrast, Liverpool is currently bottom of the table and faces relegation. In the Women’s Championship, Aston Villa sits top ready for promotion.
“Following a 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.”
“This will include identifying the 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 statement continued.
The teams voted to terminate the season, with the cost of regular testing far too exorbitant to many women’s clubs. Similarly, with no broadcast deals supporting the leagues, there is no additional pressure from television companies to finish the season.