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Season is over for Blues Women

The 2019/20 Barclays FA WSL season has been ended with immediate effect.

The FA released a statement today confirming that after consultation with the clubs and key stakeholders it was decided to take this course of action.

The remainder of the Championship season has also been terminated.

The FA will now seek to establish the best way to determine an appropriate sporting outcome for placings in the Barclays FA WSL and Championship, including resolutions on relegation and promotion.

The FA statement read:

The FA Women’s Super League & Women’s Championship Board has today confirmed the decision to end the 2019/20 season for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship, with immediate effect.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the FA Women’s Super League & 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. This will include identifying the entries for the 2020/21 UEFA Women’s Champions League, which would be based on sporting merit from the 2019/20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League season.

We are not in a position to comment further until the FA Board has had sufficient time to consider all of the recommendations and options.

Last week the FA warned there were 'significant challenges' in completing the 2019/20 campaign.

Blues had nine games left in the Barclays FA WSL.

Blues last played on 23 February and during the international break thereafter relieved Marta Tejedor of her duties.

Charlie Baxter was appointed Interim Head Coach.

When football was suspended, Blues were 11th in the table, one point clear of bottom side Liverpool but with a game in hand.

The 2019/20 campaigns in tiers three to seven of the English women's game were formally declared null and void on 9 April.

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