Chelsea FC Women were crowned the winners of the 2019/20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League following the early termination of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Blues were in second place but with one game in hand over Manchester City who were a point ahead when it was decided the league is to finish prematurely.
Following a meeting by the FA board, it was announced that the sporting outcome of the season would be decided under a points-per-game system, meaning that Emma Hayes' unbeaten side were named league champions.
It is a third league title for the Blues, not counting the Spring Series win in 2017, and a reward for an impressive campaign in which we lifted the Continental Cup in February and went unbeaten in all competitions.
Chelsea won 12 games and drew three in the league and despite our campaign being shortened, the Blues had many stand-out moments.
We began the season at Stamford Bridge against Tottenham Hotspur in front of a record crowd for a Chelsea Women’s home match. Chelsea’s top scorer Bethany England struck wonderfully with less than five minutes on the clock to ensure we had a perfect start to our campaign.
In December we beat Manchester City in the league for the first time since 2014. City scored the opener at Kingsmeadow, but England levelled the scoring and Maren Mjelde netted the winner late on in the clash.
A month later, the Blues produced an attacking masterclass away from home against our London rivals Arsenal. England opened the scoring with another spectacular strike and the second followed when Sam Kerr headed home to open her Chelsea account. Before the clock had even ticked past the 20-minute mark, Sophie Ingle unleashed into the top corner to make it 3-0. Guro Reiten sealed a brilliant performance by adding the fourth.
Chelsea’s largest victory of the season came against West Ham when we thumped them 8-0 in front of more than 3000 supporters at Kingsmeadow.