With the FA Women’s Super League currently suspended until at least 30 April, a contingency plan may have to be put in place in case the competition cannot continue due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis.
One of the options which could be considered is deciding the final standings on a ‘points per game’ basis.
FA Women’s Super League Full-Time have done the maths and have come up with a final league table on this basis. Whilst there is little difference at the bottom, a change in positions at the top of the table means that a ‘points per game’ option would be difficult for the league to implement.
The top three
As mentioned above, the biggest change in league positions would be at the top of the table. Manchester City currently lead Chelsea by one point, however, Alan Mahon’s side have played one game more than The Blues. That extra game played by City makes all of the difference in points per game averages. Chelsea having accrued a 0.1 points per game average more than City meaning that the two sides would swap places if this basis was used by chiefs at The Football Association. Arsenal would remain third meaning that ‘points per game’ would have no impact on the two clubs qualifying for the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Should a final table be created based on points per game averages, it would make little difference to those sides occupying positions from fourth to ninth. Only Everton and Tottenham Hotspur would change places with The Blue Girls having averaged 0.03 points more per game than Spurs.
The relegation battle
Points per game would have no impact on the three clubs battling it out for FA Women’s Super League survival. Bristol City would remain 10th, Birmingham City 11th and Liverpool 12th with The Reds having a 0.11 worse points per game average than the second from bottom Blues.
Points per game league table
1st Chelsea (2.6 points per game)
2nd Manchester City (2.5 points per game)
3rd Arsenal (2.4 points per game)
4th Manchester United (1.64 points per game)
5th Reading (1.5 points per game)
6th Everton (1.36 points per game)
7th Tottenham Hotspur (1.33 points per game)
8th West Ham United (1.14 points per game)
9th Brighton & Hove Albion (0.81 points per game)
10th Bristol City (0.64 points per game)
11th Birmingham City (0.54 points per game)
12th Liverpool (0.43 points per game)
In summary, this basis of ending the season would make little difference to most clubs, however, the fierce competition for the league title makes this option particularly risky. Awarding Chelsea the league title would undoubtedly anger Manchester City which in-turn could result in unwanted disputes and appeals.