Spain to end women's football season due to COVID-19 pandemic

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Women's Primera Division - FC Barcelona vs CD Tacon - Estadi Johan Cruyff, Barcelona, Spain - September 7, 2019 General view of the score board during the match REUTERS/Albert Gea/File Photo

(Reuters) - Spain’s women’s football season is on the verge of being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with champions in each tier being declared based on the standings before the campaign was halted, the country’s football federation (RFEF) has said.

Relegation will be scrapped this term as a result of the decision, which must be ratified by the RFEF executive committee on Friday, the governing body added in a statement (here) on Wednesday.

If the proposal gets the green light, Barcelona will be the women’s top-flight champions, with second-placed Atletico Madrid joining them in next season’s Champions League, while basement sides Valencia and Espanyol will avoid being demoted.

Two teams will go up from the second-tier, meaning the top-flight will have 18 teams instead of the current 16 next year.

Men’s teams in the top two divisions are returning to training this week in the hope that their seasons can resume in June.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris