The FA has announced that the 2019/20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL) and the Women’s Championship will end with immediate effect.
The decision was made by the FAWSL and Women’s Championship Board, who say the move comes in response to ‘overwhelming feedback’ from clubs, and will ‘give clubs and players the clarity and support they need at this time.’
In ending the season at this point, the FA has acknowledged that the sporting outcomes of the season are yet to be decided, but that recommendations have been sent to the Board, who will make the final decisions.
A statement from The FA 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.
“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.
“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.”
Currently the table is topped by Manchester City, who are one point ahead of Chelsea and four points ahead of Arsenal, though the leaders have played one game more than the chasing pair. Meanwhile, Liverpool are bottom of the table and in the relegation place, just one point from safety, but having played a game more than their nearest rivals Birmingham City.