As expected, the English FA made an announcement today providing more details in how the top division of women’s football will end. In a statement on the FA’s website, the sport’s governing body said that the final table would be determined on a points-per-game basis, with promotion and relegation to be decided on “sporting merit.”
As a result, Chelsea were declared the winners of the WSL for the 2019-20 season, narrowly pipping Manchester City and Arsenal, who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Chelsea and City will both participate in the Women’s Champions League next season based on their table position.
On the other end of the table, Liverpool were relegated from the top flight and will drop into the second division FA Women’s Championship next season. They will be replaced in the WSL by Aston Villa, who had a commanding lead at the top of the table before football shut down. There will be no relegation from the FAWC, as the seasons for levels 3 through 7 in the women’ football pyramid were declared null and void.
For Tottenham Hotspur, the points-per-game calculation resulted in them dropping one spot down in the table to a final position of seventh behind Everton. It means that they will not finish as expected in the top half, but their 20 points from 15 matches is an excellent return in their first season in the top flight.