The Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship seasons have today been officially terminated for the 2019-20 season. No WSL games have been played since February 23rd due to the coronavirus pandemic, which was preceded by an international break in early March.
The teams have voted to terminate the season, with the cost of regular testing prohibitive to a large number of women’s clubs. With no money spinning broadcast deal underpinning the leagues, there is no additional pressure from television companies to finish the season.
— The FA (@FA) May 25, 2020
A statement on the FA website read, “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.
“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.”
A decision on how the tables will be decided will be put to a vote and decided on at an FA board meeting on Wednesday, with the options either to completely null and void the season [unlikely], a points per game model or a weighted points per game model. In either of the last two scenarios Arsenal would finish 3rd, marginally behind Manchester City and Chelsea and outside of the Champions League qualifying places.
The Gunners were also in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and the Champions League. For Arsenal, a decision from UEFA on whether to complete the Champions League ties will be key. They were due to play PSG in the quarter-finals in March. As it stands, Arsenal are the only club in the last eight of the tournament who are vulnerable to not qualifying for next season’s competition. Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich from Germany will be allowed to finish the season, the other 5 teams have all qualified for next year’s competition already with their leagues having been cancelled and final standings decided.