The Women’s Super League is on the brink of curtailment after a board meeting on Friday, The Independent can reveal.
There will be a champion, however, due to the FA’s decree that such leagues have to be decided on “sporting merit”.
The WSL held a board meeting across Friday afternoon, when a wide-ranging discussion led to the conclusion that curtailment is the best option.
As with some of the lower leagues in the men’s game, one of the primary issues is the cost of getting games back up and running, especially regarding testing. Only the big clubs would be able to afford it. Testing could otherwise cost £140,000 to complete the season, which is greater than the annual budget of most teams.
The decision has not yet been ratified, but sources have told The Independent it is an “inevitability”.
Manchester City are currently top on 40 points after 16 games, although in the midst of one of the tightest title races in football. Chelsea are one point back with just 15 games played, and Arsenal on 36 also after 15 games.
A method for deciding the season has not yet been agreed, although it is likely to be the same as that used by League Two.
When contacted by The Independent, an FA spokesperson said: “The FA are in regular consultation with clubs and key stakeholders from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and the FA Women’s Championship as to how best to identify the most suitable and appropriate way to return to football.
“Our primary concern will always be for the welfare of the players and clubs; and working collaboratively to support them during these unprecedented times.”