Chelsea could not only miss out on their golden opportunity to win back the FA Women’s Super League title but also lose their potential qualification to next season’s UEFA Champions League should the current campaign be declared void due to the Coronavirus crisis.
The Football Association and the FA Women’s Super League are yet to make a decision on the future of this season’s campaign which is currently suspended until at least 30 April.
With the lower divisions of the women’s game including the FA Women’s National League having been declared void on Thursday, there are real concerns amongst the FA Women’s Super League community that the top flight could follow the same resolution.
Should that largely unwanted decision be made, the progress made by Chelsea on the pitch this season would be wiped off the history books leaving them to renew their battle for the FA Women’s Super League title again in September. The South West Londoners currently trail league leaders Manchester City by just one point and they can return to the summit if they take as little as a point from their game in hand, a trip to Everton.
Furthermore, the club’s biggest loss if the season is voided could be in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. UEFA’s elite women’s cup competition is also currently suspended with this season’s tournament having progressed as far as the quarter-final stage. If Chelsea’s participation in this season’s FA Women’s Super League is declared void, they are unlikely to be put forward to appear in next season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League with Arsenal and Manchester City possibly set to feature again if the tournament is to take place. Any such move would be harsh on The Blues, particularly with manager Emma Hayes having brought in world-class players such as Sam Kerr and Melanie Leupolz to bolster the squad ahead of a European return next season.
For now, the season being declared void is merely just speculation. A handful of clubs are likely to contest this potential option if it is discussed and you get the feeling that there are many more twists and turns ahead in this ever-growing saga if we are to find a suitable solution during the current crisis. Lets hope that the campaign can be concluded in a way that all clubs get what is deserved.