Chelsea have been crowned as the champions of the Women’s Super League on a points-per-game basis.
On Friday June 5, the Football Association agreed that the Women’s Super League and Championship would conclude, with the final positions decided on points-per-game.
This is despite the fact that 28.1% of WSL fixtures and 32.7% of Championship fixtures have not been played due to the suspension of football due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
Manchester City were actually a point ahead of Chelsea when the league was concluded, but they had played one more game than the west London outfit.
City have stated that they are satisfied with the methodology used to determine the eventual outcome of the campaign.
Both Chelsea and City will now play in next season’s Champions League competition.
Liverpool relegated to the Championship
At the other end of the table, Liverpool have been relegated. The Reds were bottom of the table wit just six points to their name.
They were one point behind Birmingham City, who had played one game fewer than the Reds, and three points behind Bristol City.
“We believe we would have been able to meet all operational requirements but a return to play was deemed impractical,” the club said in a statement.
“As proud founder members of the WSL, our fans greatly value our position within the league and we hoped for the opportunity to secure our status on the pitch.”
At the top of the Championship, Aston Villa have been crowned as champions and will be promoted. They were six points clear of Sheffield United at the top of the table.
“The FA board was tasked with identifying the most suitable conclusion of the 2019/20 season, based on sporting merit, and they reached a majority decision on agreeing a basic points-per-game [PPG] basis, which did not take into account home and away form,” the FA’s head of the professional women’s game, Kelly Simmons, said.
The men’s Premier League is set to resume on June 17 when Arsenal meet Manchester City. Simmons has asserted that any comparison between the top tier men’s and women’s competitions is unfair at this stage.
“I’m often asked to compare the women’s game with the men’s professional game,” she said.
“The truth is that you can’t. It would not be a fair comparison at this stage of the development of the women’s game. The Barclays FA Women’s Super League is the only fully professional women’s league in Europe, and we are incredibly proud of how far it has come on, but we have to remember that it has only been professional for two seasons.”
Financial and logistical viability
All clubs in the Women’s Super League and Championship were asked by the authorities whether they were in a viable position financially and logistically to complete the 2019/20 season.
Only now-relegated Liverpool responded affirmatively to the question, according to reports.
Simmons also acknowledged the frustration felt by many at the time taken to reach the decision to conclude the season.
Nevertheless, she asserted, it was vital that the right decision was made and that it fitted with UK Government advice regarding Coronavirus.