The FA have held discussions with clubs on how best to conclude the Women's Super League season, and want the campaign ​completed by early August.


The WSL, alongside the top five tiers in English football, have been suspended until 30 April due to the coronavirus - although the current proposed restart date is looking more and more ambitious.


All leagues below the National League, and women's tiers three to seven, had their seasons declared null and void on Thursday.

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According to ​BBC Sport, this is not how the WSL and Championship intend to finish the season.


Voiding the season was one of a number of options discussed over a conference call by club representatives and the FA on Friday.


This decision was not taken, and discussions will continue while players and staff are isolating. WSL bosses repeated that the league will only continue if and when it is safe.


Due to fixture postponements earlier in the season, clubs have six to nine matches left to play. This means the season will need to pick up again in mid-July in order to finish by the deadline proposed by the FA.


The news will be well received by Aston Villa, who are currently six points clear at the summit of the Championship, with six games remaining, and well on course to secure promotion to the WSL for the first time in their history.

Similarly, in the top flight, ​Chelsea will benefit from the season being concluded. The club missed out on the Champions League last season, and should this season be null and voided, they could do again.


Emma Hayes' side currently sit second in the table, one point behind leaders ​Manchester City, but with a game in hand over their title rivals.


News of the third to seventh tier of women's football having their season's prematurely ended received a mixed response, with Division One leaders Barnsley women ​releasing a statement urging the FA to reconsider.