WEST HAM UNITED are amongst the clubs in agreement of terminating the 2019/20 FA Women’s Super League campaign following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The FAWSL and Women’s Championship Board conformed a conclusion with immediate effect, with a satisfactory outcome on final league positions and subsequent European places still to be considered.
A statement from the hierarchy of the Women’s game explained: “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.”
West Ham Head Coach, Matt Beard, took to www.whufc.com to say: “It is with sadness that the 2019/20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League season has come to an early end. While the preference was always to return to the pitch to determine the campaign if safe to do so, we completely understand the unique situation that we, and football, finds itself in.
“As always, the health and safety of our players, staff and fantastic supporters remains the priority at all times. The clarity provided with this decision will now allow all of us at West Ham United to begin preparation and planning for the eventual return of Barclays FA Women’s Super League football, in line with further guidance from the Government and The FA.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my players for all of their hard work and dedication during the season, my coaching team and behind-the-scenes staff for their tireless efforts, and the West Ham United fans, who have supported our team with immense passion and unwavering enthusiasm throughout this past season and, indeed, during my entire career at the Club so far.”
West Ham occupied eighth place when football was suspended, while London rivals, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur sat third and sixth respectively. Manchester City sit at the helm, however, another of the capital’s clubs, Chelsea, are just a point adrift with a game in hand following an undefeated season and could argue they were well-placed to take the title.