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Women's Super League ended with immediate effect

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The 2019-20 Women’s Super League and Championship seasons have been ended with immediate effect.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, both competitions were suspended in March and it has now been confirmed that they will not resume. Instead, focus will turn to preparations for the 2020-21 season.

A statement from the Football Association stated: "Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the FA Women's Super League and Women's Championship board has been in regular consultation with clubs and key stakeholders from across both leagues to identify the most suitable and appropriate way to conclude the 2019-20 season, and to give clubs and players the clarity and support they need at this time.

"Following overwhelming feedback from the clubs, the decision to bring an end to the 2019-20 season was made in the best interest of the women’s game. This will also enable clubs, the FA Women’s Super League & Women’s Championship Board and the FA to plan, prepare and focus on next season when football returns for the 2020-21 campaign.

Supporting the welfare of the clubs and players will continue to be our primary concern throughout this process, which also involved a robust and thorough examination of the logistical, operational and financial challenges that the game currently faces.

Following full and thorough consultation with the clubs, the FA Women’s Super League & Women’s Championship Board has discussed various recommendations which will be sent to the FA Board to determine the most appropriate sporting outcome for the 2019-20 season."

When the season was suspended, Manchester City were top of the table. However, second-placed Chelsea had a game in hand on the leaders. Reigning champions Arsenal were a further three points behind in third place.

If final places in the Women's Super League are to be decided by an unweighted points-per-game ratio, Chelsea would climb above City to go top.

The FA will not comment further until the FA Board has had sufficient time to consider all of the recommendations and options.

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