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Women’s FA Cup remains suspended during Covid lockdown

by Football Frenzied

Women’s FA Cup remains suspended during Covid lockdown with ties between non-elite teams unable to go ahead as ‘a number of options’ on how to complete it are being considered 

  • All but one tie is still to be played in the second round of the Women’s FA Cup
  • Fixtures in the competition were halted earlier this month due to the lockdown 
  • Teams from Women’s Super League and Championship enter in the fourth round 

The Football Association has confirmed the Women’s FA Cup will remain suspended during the current lockdown in England.

Fixtures in the competition were halted earlier this month when the lockdown was announced by the Government, as it was classified as ‘non-elite’ at the stage it had reached.

That was the second round, with all but one tie still to be played. Teams from the Women’s Super League and Championship enter the competition in round four.

Manchester City won the Women’s FA Cup for the third time in four years last November

A statement from the FA on Wednesday said: ‘The Football Association can today confirm that following the latest national lockdown enforced by the Government, the 2020-2021 Vitality Women’s FA Cup will not resume during this period and will remain on pause.

‘With all sport across the country outside of the elite level currently shut down, the competition is not in a position where the second and third rounds can be played, with clubs currently in the competition not permitted to train or play due to being at amateur level.

‘Whilst it would have been possible to play elite v non-elite fixtures under elite criteria with Government support, as seen in the (men’s) Emirates FA Cup, fixtures involving all non-elite teams do not meet elite criteria and cannot currently go ahead.

The Women's Super League faces Covid chaos after a string of positive cases

The Women’s Super League faces Covid chaos after a string of positive cases

‘Therefore, the competition will remain 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 well-being of players and staff are of paramount importance and we are not prepared to put any individual at risk during this pandemic.

‘It remains the FA’s preference to complete the 2020-21 competition with all clubs having the opportunity to play their fixtures, however, the developing situation will continue to be closely monitored and will be reviewed before any further decisions are made.

‘The FA will now enter a period of consultation with all clubs that remain in the competition, alongside those who are due to enter from the fourth round, to discuss the options available. We will look to make a further announcement in due course.’ 

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Source: DailyMail

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