The FA have finally made a decision on the outcome of the Women’s Super League season. Chelsea are WSL champions.
Chelsea have won their third league title since the reformatting of the system in 2011. That brings them level with Arsenal on three WSL titles.
Manchester City have been awarded the second Champions League spot for next season. Gareth Taylor’s side finish second in the PPG table.
Liverpool have been relegated to the Women’s Championship. A dire season from the Reds saw them register just six points.
Aston Villa will be promoted into the WSL after being declared Championship winners.
There will be no relegation from the Championship as all leagues below had their seasons expunged.
FA Director of Women’s Football, Kelly Simmons commented on the situation.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented challenge that has had a devastating impact on many businesses and organisations – and it also stopped football in its tracks,” Simmons said.
“With the Premier League and the EFL Championship due to start in a few weeks, some people may question why the women’s leagues are not doing the same.
“The answer is a simple one. Once the Government published the protocols to return to training, we consulted with the clubs and looked at every possible way to complete the season.
“We look forward to presenting Chelsea and Aston Villa with their trophies in the near future, so that we can appropriately acknowledge their achievements.”
“The decision also means that Liverpool will be relegated to the FA Women’s Championship,” Simmons said. “We entirely sympathise that this decision will cause frustration and disappointment, which is understandable in these circumstances.”
Liverpool says that the club were disappointed with the decision. They also claimed that they would have been able to meet all operational requirements of a return to play.
“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,” the Liverpool statement read.
“The focus of our women’s team and staff since the beginning of the crisis was to be ready to return to WSL play when it was safe and proper to do so.”
Liverpool will now face their first season away from the top flight since the Women’s Super League’s inception. The two-time WSL champions will have to react well in order to see off competition from Durham and Sheffield United to earn promotion straight back to the top tier.
The FA hope to announce plans for the start of the 2020/21 season in the coming weeks.