The women’s FA Cup remains suspended during Covid’s lockdown as ties between non-elite teams cannot continue as ‘a number of options’ are being considered to complete the match.
- All but one still has to be played in the second round of the Women’s FA Cup
- Games in the league were halted earlier this month due to the lockdown
- Women’s Super League and Championship teams come into the fourth round
The Football Association has confirmed that the Women’s FA Cup will remain suspended during the current England lockdown.
Games in the league were halted earlier this month when the lockdown was announced by the government, as it was classified as ‘non-elite’ at the time it reached.
That was the second round, with all but one still to play. Teams from the Women’s Super League and Championship compete in round four.
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A statement from the FA said Wednesday: “ The Football Association can confirm today that after the last national lockdown enforced by the government, the 2020-2021 Vitality Women’s FA Cup will not resume during this period and will remain on hiatus.
As all sports across the country outside of the elite level are currently closed, the league is not in a position where the second and third rounds can be played, with clubs currently participating in the league not allowed to train or play because they being an amateur. level.
While it would have been possible to play matches between elite and non-elite under elite criteria with government support, as seen in the (men’s) Emirates FA Cup, matches with all non-elite teams do not meet the elite criteria and they cannot continue at the moment. .
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‘Therefore, the competition remains paused during the current lockdown, with a number of options currently being explored on how best to complete it.’
The FA added: ‘The health and wellbeing of players and staff are of the utmost importance and we are not prepared to put anyone at risk during this pandemic.
It remains the FA’s preference to complete the 2020-21 league, with all clubs having the opportunity to play their matches, but the development situation will be closely monitored and assessed before any further decisions are made .
The FA will now enter a period of consultation with all clubs remaining in the league, in addition to those participating from round four, to discuss the options available. We will see if we make a further announcement in due course. ‘