When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Chelsea FC Women had completed 15 of the 22 matches of the 2019-20 FA Women’s Super League season. There was not a single entry in the loss column.
The standings were exactly the same 2.5 months later, when the official decision to cancel the 2019-20 FA WSL season came down. The season was not voided however — and rightly so — so the powers that be now have to decide who gets the title and who gets relegated.
Chelsea’s 12 wins and 3 draws were only good for second place at the stoppage, since top of the league Manchester City had completed 16 games (13-1-2) and were thus one point ahead. City had lost their away games at Chelsea and Arsenal. Chelsea, meanwhile, had already done the double over Arsenal, the defending champions, and had collected four points from six against City.
The league apparently proposed two models — a simple points-per-game metric or a weighted points-per-game metric — and allowed the clubs the vote on their preference. The final decision, according to the Athletic, will be made on Thursday and announced on Friday.
Fortunately, their report also claims that Chelsea would come out on top in either case.
But let’s wait until the official final word before celebrating what would be a more than well deserved title for Emma Hayes & Co.
WSL title and relegation to be decided at an FA Board meeting on Thursday night. @ChelseaFCW expected to be confirmed as champions, Liverpool braced for relegation.— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) June 2, 2020
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