Chelsea FC Women have today been named the Barclays FA Women’s Super League champions following the termination of the 2019/20 season last month.
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 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following a meeting by the FA board, it has been announced that under a points-per-game system to decide the sporting outcome of the season, Emma Hayes' unbeaten side are therefore the Women’s Super League winners. The decision also confirms qualification for next season’s Women’s Champions League.
Today’s FA statement reads:
The FA Board has reached a majority decision to decide the 2019/20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship on a basic point-per-game [PPG] basis, with promotion and relegation determined on sporting merit.
As a result, The FA Board has today confirmed the decision to award the 2019/20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League title to Chelsea FC Women, and to award the 2019/20 FA Women’s Championship title to Aston Villa Women FC.
In addition, Chelsea FC Women and Manchester City Women FC will be nominated as the two English clubs to qualify for the 2020/21 UEFA Women’s Champions League competition, having finished in the top two places of the 2019/20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League season.
The final team positions across both leagues also confirmed that Aston Villa Women FC would be promoted to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League for the 2020/21 season, and that Liverpool FC Women would be relegated to the FA Women’s Championship for the 2020/21 season. As the 2019/20 results were expunged between Tier 3 to Tier 7 of the women’s pyramid, there will be no relegation or promotion between the FA Women’s Championship and Tier 3 this season.
All decisions were made and finalised by The FA Board – and were based on the most appropriate sporting outcome for the 2019/20 season. The FA Board considered and analysed all of the recommendations made to them by the FA Women’s Super League & FA Women’s Championship Board, which were collated after full and thorough consultation process with the clubs.
The FA will now work with the clubs and our stakeholders across football to plan for next season and we aim to announce the target start dates for the 2020/21 campaign soon.
The resolution of the 2019/20 Women’s FA Cup, which is at the Quarter Final stage, is still under review and the FA Women’s Board will meet to discuss the matter later this month. We will issue a further update on the status of the 2019/20 Women’s FA Cup in due course.