Frustration builds among Women's Super League over lack of clarity

Women’s clubs and players are growing increasingly frustrated with a lack of clarity from the Football Association around coronavirus, with no further updates about a potential return to play offered at Tuesday’s meeting of Women’s Super League and Championship clubs.  The governing body has held regular consultations with clubs in the top two leagues since play was halted on March 13. In Tuesday’s meeting, they did not provide clubs with specific return dates, nor with a deadline or timeframe during which they plan to reach a decision.  They said that they are speaking to government officials this week about medical protocols, support and the cost of testing. It’s now whether the government is able to assist and put a fund together to help clubs to test players so they can bring football back”. Video: Football shuts down because of coronavirus (The Guardian) The result is that players and clubs feel in limbo, with contracts expiring and parties unable or reluctant to negotiate new deals amid the uncertainty. Some WSL players told Telegraph Sport that they “haven't heard anything” around contracts and are unsure of their clubs’ plans on the issue. Some clubs - including Chelsea and Reading - are understood to have provided playerswith restart plans or provisional training return dates and Liverpool are preparing for their players to be back in training by the end of this month. But players are aware that thepictureis changing rapidly. The Women’s Bundesliga has set a provisional return date of May 29, whilst Spain’s Liga Iberdrola - the top tier of women’s football in the country - crowned Barcelona champions on Friday after the federation’s executive committee agreed to end all non-professional competitions due to thepandemic.