FA Confirms Ongoing Talks Over 2019/20 WSL Season - But Concede There Are 'Significant Challenges' to Resume

Caroline Weir
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The FA have confirmed that they are continuing to assess feasibility and hold talks regarding the suspended 2019/20 Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship seasons, which includes the possibility of terminating the campaign altogether.

As yet, no formal decision has been made as to whether the top two divisions of women’s football in England will be able to complete the season. But the FA says it remains committed to supporting and providing clarity to clubs, players and stakeholders in these difficult times.

Everton Women v Manchester United Women - FA Women's Continental League Cup
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“Our primary concern has always been for the welfare of the clubs and players; and working collaboratively to identify the most suitable and appropriate way to return to football,” read the FA statement on the coronavirus impact on the women’s game.

“Every possible scenario has been meticulously analysed and evaluated in order to find a solution to meet the unique demands of the women’s game. This includes a detailed examination of the financial, logistical and operational challenges that we face during this pandemic.

“Although we understand that it will not be possible to find a solution that will work for every club and every player, it is our duty to help support the clubs through these unprecedented times.”

Vivianne Miedema, Jill Roord
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The FA has conceded that the protocols required for football to return, combined with feedback from the clubs, have highlighted that there will be ‘significant challenges’ to complete 2019/20.

The statement continued, “We’re continuing to consult with the clubs on the possibility of terminating the 2019-20 season and, in the event it is decided that this appears to be the only realistic way forward, to seek views on the most appropriate sporting outcome for the season.

“This includes identifying entries for the 2020-21 UEFA Women’s Champions League, which would be based on sporting merit from the 2019-20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League season.

Melissa Lawley, Leandra Little
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“Our overriding ambition is to give the clubs, players and stakeholders in the game the support and clarity they need during these challenging circumstances, and to help and enable women’s football to continue to thrive in the future.”

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