The FA have today confirmed that the Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship seasons have been decided on a points-per-game (PPG) basis.
WSL and Championship clubs were presented with three options on how to settle the season. Either on a basic PPG basis, PPG with no relegation and an expanded 13 team WSL or to null and void the season. The majority of clubs opted for basic PPG with promotion and relegation for the WSL. There will be no relegation from the Championship as the leagues below the third tier were declared null and void earlier.
This has left Chelsea as champions of the WSL, overtaking Manchester City who were top prior to the restart. Additionally, Liverpool have been relegated to the second tier with Aston Villa taking their place at the top table. Manchester City have also secured UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification for next season.
What goes up…
Confirmation of Chelsea’s WSL title for this season has confirmed that they have secured a double for this season after their League Cup win over Arsenal in February. The decision also confirms that Emma Hayes’ side win the league with an unbeaten record.
Joining the Blues in the Invincibles bracket is Aston Villa. Their promotion was a formality as they were already six points clear at the top of the Championship prior to the break. Gemma Davies had already been preparing the Villains for life in the top tier with the signing of Austrian international Sophie Maierhofer in January. Villa enter the top tier with high expectations of their youthful squad and backroom staff.
…must come down
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Liverpool’s relegation to the second tier was confirmed. Despite winning the WSL title as recently as 2014, the Reds have been marred by off-pitch issues as well as an exodus of first team talent.
The relegation was met with disdain on Merseyside, with Liverpool saying they “hoping for the opportunity to secure our status on the pitch”. The club were one point behind 11th placed Birmingham City, having played a game more but with a considerably better goal difference.
There has been no word as yet on the start of the 2020-21 season or the resolution of the Women’s FA Cup, which was paused at the quarter final stage. The FA are set to discuss both of these later in the month.