Chelsea named WSL champions

Chelsea have been named Women’s Super League title winners on a points-per-game ratio.

The WSL season was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, with Chelsea one point behind leaders Manchester City with a game in hand.

It was decided on 25 May that the season would end. There were 45 games outstanding in the WSL and 36 in the Championship.

It is Emma Hayes’ third title as Chelsea manager.

“First and foremost, I would like to dedicate this title to the frontline workers who have been the real heroes throughout this pandemic,” she said. 

“We cannot thank them enough for their tireless efforts to keep us all safe and healthy right now.

“Football pales into insignificance at a time like this, but it also has the capacity to bring joy and happiness to fans and communities everywhere.

“For my players and staff, winning the league is something to be proud of and I will tell them that when I speak to them.

“A lot of blood, sweat and tears from every player, at every club, has gone in to this season and it is important we recognise that and celebrate the fact we have ended a highly-competitive season as champions.

“Our continued success would not be possible without the backing of everyone at the club, from Mr Abramovich, whose support has been incredible, to the staff who work with us day in day out. I want to thank them on behalf of myself and my team.

“Of course we would have preferred to play the remaining games, but player welfare was always our priority and finishing the season was ultimately not possible.

“We have to respect the decision of the FA, clubs and people involved in the game who have decided this was the best and fairest outcome.

“I also want to congratulate Manchester City and Arsenal on wonderful seasons. The title-race was shaping up to be one of the best this country has ever witnessed and we look forward to competing again when the WSL resumes.

‘To our fans, I am sorry we can’t celebrate with you but enjoy this success tonight, and over the summer, and we will hopefully see you soon at Kingsmeadow.

“Finally, to my players and staff I want to say how proud I am of you. We have worked hard this season and to be unbeaten in all competitions at this stage of the year, and have the Continental Cup in the trophy cabinet, is a remarkable feat.”