A general view of VCD Stadium, The Oakwood, Old Road, Crayford Charlton Athletic Women v Leicester City Women, FA Women's Championship football match, The Oakwood, Crayford, UK - 17 Nov 2019 Photo: Stephanie Meek for The FA

How would a ‘points per game’ end to the season affect Charlton Athletic?

The current suspension of the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship seasons due to the Coronavirus crisis has left clubs in limbo, none more so than Charlton Athletic.

The Addicks are bottom of the FA Women’s Championship table, a precarious position given the uncertainty of how the season will end.

Riteesh Mishra’s side have only played 12 of their 20 games, two less than both eighth-place club Crystal Palace and second-bottom side Coventry United. ¬†Charlton Athletic also have the benefit of facing all four of the struggling sides above them during their last eight games.

The longer the suspension goes on, the more chance that the season will not finish. If the campaign cannot resume, The Football Association could opt to void the season, saving The Addicks from the drop, they could resume the competition next season or they could finish the campaign with standings calculated on a ‘points per game’ basis. Would ‘points per game’ save Mishra’s side from the drop?

The answer is simple. No, Charlton Athletic would drop into the FA Women’s National League. The South East Londoners have averaged just 0.58 points per game this season, the lowest tally in the entire FA Women’s Championship. Coventry United, the side in 11th place, have a 0.64 average while Crystal Palace, the other club who have played more games than The Addicks, have accrued 0.71 points per game.

The nervous wait goes on for Mishra and his side. The club’s best hopes are either for the season to be declared void or put on hold until it is safe to resume.

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