The 2019/2020 Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship seasons are over with clubs having voted in favour of a termination due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
The Football Association confirmed the decision in an official statement which was issued to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time this afternoon.
The decision to end the current campaign comes more than two months after the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship were initially suspended. The competitions were suspended on safety grounds in-line with many other football leagues both at home and across Europe with the rate of Coronavirus infection on the increase.
It is understood that The Football Association have been in talks with representatives from all Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship clubs on a regular basis as all parties have looked to agree on plan on how the 2019/2020 season should be brought to a conclusion. The decision has now been made to bring an end to the campaign, allowing clubs to plan for next season.
Following this afternoon’s news, a number of Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship managers have taken to Twitter to give their views on the announcement. Here is what those managers have had to say on the situation.
As a club it’s a disappointing way to end the season but I would like to take this opportunity to thank my incredible group of players for their work ethic & appetite to learn, to my staff who go above and beyond, to the fans who are the BEST, and to my family for your support https://t.co/QBPWeHSRtX
— Casey Stoney MBE (@CaseyStoney) May 25, 2020
No one wanted the @BarclaysFAWSL & @FAWC_ to end this way! I would like to thank @westhamwomen players and staff for their all they have done this season! Also a big shout out to our fans! As always you have been incredible! Stay safe everyone & see u soon! ⚒ pic.twitter.com/cVWtLBptnD
— Matthew Beard (@mattbeard02) May 25, 2020
Although it’s disappointing for the season to end the way it has. Myself, the backroom staff and our players would like to thank all our @LiverpoolFCW fans for your support as always this season. You’ve been incredible, together through any storm! 🔴#YNWA #LFCfamily pic.twitter.com/rq1phlKFwc
— Victoria (@Vick_Jepson) May 25, 2020
It’s sad it was not possible to complete the WSL and FAWC seasons, but it was the right decision for the safety of everyone involved. It will be interesting to see how promotion, relegation and Champion’s League issues are resolved.
— John Bayer (@JRBayer) May 25, 2020
🗣 @cwardy7: “We’re obviously disappointed not to be able to complete what’s been a good season, but in these circumstances I think common sense has prevailed. I can’t thank my staff & players enough for the effort they’ve shown this season & the fans have been better than ever.” pic.twitter.com/uybu7umvkr
— Sheffield United Women (@sufc_women) May 25, 2020
Now the season has finished, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all Board, Staff and players of @cpfc_w for all their hard work over the season!! A massive thank you to all the supporters who stood by and supported us throughout at times a tough campaign 👏👏 🔴🔵🦅 https://t.co/kR2FphHDVm
— Dean Davenport (@DeanDavenport7) May 25, 2020
The FA Board are currently considering a proposal regarding outstanding matters such as qualification for next season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League and a further update will be provided by The Football Association in due course.