In the 2019-20 season, Chelsea provided some of the best football we have ever seen in the Women’s Super League. Before the COVID-19 pandemic put a premature end to the season, the unbeaten Blues (12 wins, 3 draws in 15 matches) were one point behind top of the table Manchester City, with a game in hand.
Thankfully their efforts have not gone to waste. Today, Chelsea were officially proclaimed Champions of England for the third time in history!
Two methods were proposed for determining the outcome of the canceled season: a basic points-per-game metric and a weighted points-per-game metric. The league voted for the former, though Chelsea would’ve been champions either way. (At the other end of the table, Liverpool were relegated with Aston Villa promoted from the Women’s Championship.)
The FA Board has reached a majority decision to decide the 2019/20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship on a basic point-per-game [PPG] basis, with promotion and relegation determined on sporting merit.
[...] In addition, Chelsea FC Women and Manchester City Women FC will be nominated as the two English clubs to qualify for the 2020/21 UEFA Women’s Champions League competition, having finished in the top two places of the 2019/20 Barclays FA Women’s Super League season.
Not being able to play the rest of the season on the pitch, something that was granted to men’s football in England — or lift the trophy for that matter — is unfortunate and is representative of the enormous financial gap between men and women’s football. But at least the right team won in the end.
Congratulations, Emma Hayes & Co! CHAMPIONS and a Double for 2019-20, combined with the earlier Conti Cup triumph.