Chesterfield Women and Ilkeston Town Ladies have league season curtailed

The league season is over for Chesterfield Women and Ilkeston Town Ladies.

By Duncan Browne
Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 11:20 am
The league campaign has been curtailed.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images for Premier League)
The league campaign has been curtailed. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images for Premier League)

The Football Association have announced that tiers three to six of the Women's Football Pyramid have been curtailed.

The two sides compete in te regional tier six East Midlands Women's Divisions.

Chesterfield were top of Division One North while Ilkeston were fourth in Division One South, but a point behind leaders Derby County Academy with a game in hand.

The decision was made following consultation with clubs via surveys and recommendations from the Women’s Football Conference.

"The 2020-21 Season for tiers three to six of the Women’s Football Pyramid will be curtailed with immediate effect and declared incomplete, with no further league fixtures taking place this season," a statement from the Women’s Football Board read.

"There will also be no promotion and relegation between these tiers for the 2020-21 season, including no promotion from tier three into tier two and no relegation from tier six into tier seven."

These decisions are subject to approval by the FA Board and FA Council.

Tier seven county leagues will be able to decide whether to continue or curtail individually.

While the campaign is curtailed, a re-jigging of divisions could well go ahead.

"The Promotion Pool, allowing club movement from tier seven to tier six, will remain active, with the deadline for application extended to May 1, 2021," the statement added.

"All clubs seeking promotion will need to apply, with champion clubs no longer receiving automatic consideration.

"In addition, the deadline for clubs throughout the pyramid to apply for voluntary relegation will also be extended to May 1.

"The Women’s Football Board will now present their recommendation to the FA Board for ratification on the decision to curtail the season, and to the FA Council on the recommendation for upward club movement via application, with consideration of further club feedback.”