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Concern for out of contract players if suspension continues beyond the summer

There is concern for players in the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship who are out of contract at the end of the season should the Coronavirus crisis span out for several months according to the results of an exclusive FA Women’s Super League Full-Time Twitter poll.

We asked our followers whether they are concerned for the future of those players who are out of contact on 30 June 2020 and there was a clear answer to the question raised.

With the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship currently suspended until at least 3 April, it seems highly unlikely that the season will resume on this date. The Coronavirus bug is not expected to fully hit the UK until the end of spring meaning that the season could possibly be cancelled or ended based on the current standings.

In reality, football is unlikely to resume until the UK is deemed to be ‘immune’ to the virus which could involve almost 40 million people becoming infected. Nobody knows just how long that could be with some suggesting that it could be as late as September or October.

There are therefore question marks over the financial welfare of those players who are only contracted to clubs until the summer. If the crisis goes on into the latter stages of the year, will free agents be offered deals by new clubs for the 2020/2021 campaign or will this prove to be too much of a risk for clubs with the new season start date possibly in limbo? Will those players out of work receive financial assistance with help from the PFA or the government whilst they may not be able to seek new employment?

We put the situation to our Twitter followers earlier today with a whopping 81% of those who voted indicating that there is concern for players who do not yet have contracts for next season.

This is not just an issue for the FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship of course, this is a potential problem for footballers as a collective and the entire workforce of the UK. If you are in a position where you can’t work or don’t have a contract of employment, you won’t get paid. What about those who want to work but are prevented from gaining new employment due to the COVID-19 virus? There must be a thought process by the authorities for those who could have difficult times ahead should this crisis rumble on and that includes assistance for footballers.

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