Aussies Abroad: Women's Super League season ended immediately

The FA Women’s Super League & Women’s Championship Board have confirmed the decision to end the 2019-20 season for the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with immediate effect.

It was hoped the season would resume along with the men's English Premier League, however, following "overwhelming feedback" from the clubs, the decision was made to bring the season to an end. 

This impacts Westfield Matildas Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Caitlin Foord (Arsenal), Hayley Raso (Everton), Chloe Logarzo (Bristol City), as well as Westfield Young Matilda Jacynta Galabadaarachchi (West Ham). 

Manchester City were leading the table with 40 points, but had played an extra game over second-place Chelsea (39 points) and third-place Arsenal (36 points). 

Sam Kerr Caitlin Foord

A decision is expected soon on the outcome of the season in regards to the title, as well as promotion and relegation around the Women's Championship.

"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," a FA statement said.

"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."