The Football Association have confirmed that the termination of the 2019-20 WSL season is very likely, in a statement released on Monday afternoon. Challenges over clubs paying for the testing required and the financial issues of hosting games behind closed doors are likely to be some of the biggest obstacles.
The statement read, “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.”
In the event of either points per game or weighted points per game, Arsenal would finish 3rd in the WSL table and outside of the Champions League qualification places. Arsenal are also in the Champions League quarter-finals with a tie against PSG, but there has been no decision on how the Women’s Champions League will be resolved yet by UEFA.
With the Olympics in 2021, Euros in 2022, World Cup in 2023, another Olympics in 2024 and another Euros in 2025, the elite women’s football calendar is about to become very crowded, so fitting in the end of the 2019-20 season is a significant challenge.