There is concern within the women’s footballing community that the 2020/2021 campaign could be disrupted by returning waves of the Covid-19 virus according to the results of an exclusive FA Women’s Super League Full-Time Twitter poll.
The top two tiers of the women’s game are currently suspended due to the initial Covid-19 outbreak, a virus which has caused over 16,500 deaths in the UK.
The Football Association remain committed to attempting to complete the 2019/2020 campaign when it is deemed safe to do so but what affect could the Coronavirus have on next season?
The scientists are predicting that as many as six further waves of the virus could hit the UK before a vaccine is found and produced in large quantity. These waves may not have the same level of destruction as the initial Coronavirus outbreak, however, they could pose significant risks to the health of thousands and threaten the lives of some.
There is no definite date of when or if a vaccine will be found and while the current lockdown measures could be reduced in the coming weeks, similar restrictions could return at various points during the 2020/2021 women’s football season if the number of Covid-19 cases were to increase again.
Taking into account the predicted spikes in the virus, we ran a poll on our Twitter account earlier today in which we asked the footballing community whether they think the 2020/2021 will be impacted by Covid-19. Our Twitter followers had their say with 81% stating that they believe that the new campaign will be disrupted.
— FAWSL Full-Time (@FAWSLFT) April 20, 2020
With the uncertainty surrounding the end of the current season and the potential return of Coronavirus during the next 12-18 months, there is a big question for The Football Association to answer. How can the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship calendars be managed next season?
Could games be planned on a month-by-month basis or could matches be played between a much wider fixture window? Could competitions be halved in terms of the number of games which are played next season or could The Football Association encourage clubs to bring some games forward during periods where the Coronavirus threat is deemed to be a reduced level?
Completing this season is a headache in itself whether that be with or without fans in stadiums but given the evidence provided by science, you can only wonder whether completing the current campaign is just the beginning of the problem for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship.