The final standings for the 2019-20 Women’s Super League table have been published today, with positions having been decided on a points-per-game (PPG) basis.
The decision sees Willie Kirk’s Everton move up one place into sixth with a PPG of 1.36 from 14 games. They claim the final top-half spot at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur, who dropped to seventh with a PPG of 1.33 from 15 matches.
The remainder of the top-flight season and the Championship ended with immediate effect on May 25 as a consequence of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Football Association board reached a majority decision to decide final positions on a basic PPG basis, with promotion and relegation ‘determined on sporting merit’.
The ruling also sees Chelsea overtake Manchester City to take the WSL title by 0.1 of a point, while Liverpool have been relegated following confirmation of their final position at the bottom of the table.
Aston Villa have been promoted to the Championship and will compete in the 2020-21 WSL.
The WSL ended with 45 games outstanding, with eight league matches still to play for Everton. This included a Merseyside derby, initially scheduled for February, which was to be held at Goodison Park.
Their sixth-placed finish represents an improvement in Kirk’s second season in charge, having ended just one spot above the drop zone with 12 points from 20 games last term.
The future of the 2019-20 Women’s FA Cup is still under review and the FA Women’s Board will meet to discuss the matter later this month.
Everton were due to host Chelsea in the quarter-final round of the competition on March 15.