Women's Super League, Championship ended with immediate effect


The Women's Super League and Women's Championship seasons stalled by the COVID-19 crisis have been ended with immediate effect.

The English Football Association says a decision was taken to end the competitions following "overwhelming feedback from the clubs" and to give them the chance to "prepare and focus on next season."

Manchester City were leading the Super League by a point from Matildas star Sam Kerr's Chelsea, who had a game in hand.

"Following overwhelming feedback from clubs, the decision to bring an end to the 2019-20 season was made in the best interest of the women's game," the English FA said in a statement.

"This will also enable clubs, the FA Women's Super League and Women's Championship Board and The FA to plan, prepare and focus on next season when football returns for the 2020-21 campaign.

"Supporting the welfare of 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 faces."

City said in a statement: "Manchester City Football Club now await the outcome of discussions regarding the final standings of the league table.

"Whilst disappointed that we are unable to complete the season, we understand the complexities of the situation and support the FA's decision."

The manager of their Manchester rivals United, Casey Stoney, said: "It's obviously disappointing not to be able complete the season, but it is the right decision for the safety of everyone involved.

"Our focus now moves to our development for next season, which we have been continuously planning for throughout the year, and we can't wait to be back on the pitch again when it is safe to do so."

Aston Villa were six points clear at the top of the Women's Championship.

Top-flight English men's teams were given permission to resume training in small groups last week.

Source AAP