Fans are anticipating that the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship will return on the weekend of 5/6 September without any further delay according to the results of an exclusive FA Women’s Super League Full-Time Twitter poll.
The 2019/2020 campaign was suspended in March due to the Coronavirus pandemic then ended prematurely last month before the final standings were determined on a points per game basis on Friday.
In an official press release in which FA Women’s Super League Full-Time were included on Friday, The Football Association confirmed that the target start dates for next season’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship are 5/6 September.
These dates are provisional and could rely on a number of factors including no return of a second wave of Covid-19 and no significant increase in infections across the UK. Should next season start on time, matches could initially be staged behind-closed-doors or crowds could be limited should the Coronavirus rating be above two.
With the start of next season far from assured, we asked fans whether they think that the new campaign will start on the proposed dates. Fans voted in their numbers with 76% stating that they are confident of a restart on time.
— FAWSL Full-Time (@FAWSLFT) June 6, 2020
A number of leagues from across Europe have either resumed or have been scheduled to return in recent weeks including the German FLYERALARM Frauen-Bundesliga which is being played behind-closed-doors. The men’s English Premier League will resume later this month.
The number of Coronavirus cases have significantly reduced in recent weeks, although there remains concerns over the rate of infection in areas where up to six Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship clubs are based.
The UK government gave the green light for professional sport to return in England from 1 June, although the situation remains under regular review. Should there be no change in the situation, Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship clubs are likely to return to training at the end of July ahead of the proposed September return.