SOLIHULL, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: The players of Chelsea Ladies FC celebrate winning the WSL Spring Series during the WSL 1 match between Birmingham City Ladies and Chelsea Ladies FC at the Automated Technology Group Stadium on June 3, 2017 in Solihull, England. (The FA via Getty Images)

Could the Spring Series return to rescue FAWSL following suspension?

With the FA Women’s Super League currently suspended until at least 3 April due to the Coronavirus outbreak, a return of the ‘Spring Series’ in 2021 could allow the competition to return to it’s usual calendar ahead of the 2021/2022 campaign.

The top flight of women’s football in England was suspended on Friday on safety grounds to help restrict the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The FA Women’s Super League could resume on the weekend of 4-5 April, however, this seems highly unlikely with the UK edging towards a ‘lockdown’ scenario in-line with many other nations. It would be no surprise to see some UK residents isolated for a period of 12 weeks meaning that it is likely to be at least June or beyond before the staging of football matches may be considered again.

Top flight clubs have between six and nine matches of the current season left to play and the majority of those clubs are expected to want to complete the season, whenever that may be. One option to help the FA Women’s Super League re-organise their calendar could be to introduce another stop-gap ‘Spring Series’ campaign in early 2021. The current season could be completed during the second half of 2020, improved health conditions permitting, and the clubs could compete in an 11-game ‘Spring Series’ between January and June, similar to what was staged in 2017.

The 2017 FA Women’s Super League Spring Series was introduced to bridge the gap as the women’s game switched from a summer league to a winter competition. Nine clubs played each other once to fill the void left by the change in seasons for the full competition. Chelsea won the one and only ‘Spring Series’, beating Manchester City to the title on goal difference.

Whilst a ‘Spring Series’ could be a domestic solution, question marks would remain over what the situation would be with UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification with the future of this season’s competition also unknown at this stage.

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