The Football Association are ‘determined’ to complete the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship seasons in the most appropriate manner according to a statement written by Kelly Simmons, director of the women’s professional game earlier today.
The statement, which has been published on The Football Association’s official website, has confirmed that the completion of the top two divisions remains the preferred option in-line with guidance provided by UEFA along with bringing this season’s Women’s FA Cup to a conclusion.
An extract from the statement released by The Football Association this evening stated that:
‘We are determined to finish the Barclays FA WSL, FA Women’s Championship seasons and the Women’s FA Cup in the most appropriate way and it is UEFA’s intention to not only see all federations across Europe complete this season’s professional football but to also complete the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Rest assured my team are working around the clock on various scenarios and to find the solutions which meet the needs of the clubs and players and place safety and welfare as the number one priority. We remain in regular contact with the clubs and we’ll continue to work closely with the Premier League, EFL and UEFA, and I would like to place on record my thanks for their support thus far’.
Clubs competing in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League have between six and nine games left to play in order to complete their seasons while clubs competing in the FA Women’s Championship have up to eight games remaining. The FA Women’s Continental League Cup has been completed with the trophy having been lifted by Chelsea in February but the Women’s FA Cup has seven games left with the competition having been halted at the quarter-final stage.
Tiers 3 to 7 were recently declared void, a decision which proved unpopular with some clubs and it remains to be seen whether the top two tiers will be able to continue.
As mentioned in the evening’s statement, The Football Association are in continuous discussions with the men’s Premier League, the English Football League and UEFA regarding the situation and will provide a further update in due course.
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