As was confirmed by the FIGC earlier today, the Serie A Femminile season has been officially cancelled.
The reasons behind this were numerous, but the main catalyst behind the decision was that many of the players were not convinced that the season should continue.
The ‘ad hoc’ health protocols (that weren’t as stringent as they are for the men), along with the cost of resuming the season, had convinced many of the players that the league shouldn’t start again. Some had other motives, such as wanting to avoid relegation and cement their places in the Champions League.
Eventually, the FIGC just pulled the plug on the season.
Stop alla #SerieAFemminile @TIM_vision. Mantovani: “Decisione sofferta, subito al lavoro per programmare la nuova stagione”.
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— FIGC Calcio Femminile (@FIGCfemminile) June 8, 2020
The final standings of the league were determined by an algorithm implemented by the federation. In the end, it was determined that Juventus would finish in first place (while not winning the Scudetto). Orobica (who were last in the standings) would be relegated. Napoli will be promoted from Serie B in their place.
The final standings also meant that AC Milan would not play in next season’s Champions League.
Instead, it will be Fiorentina who will play in their place. Fiorentina, if you recall, have a five-goal differential with Milan, and the Rossonere’s goal deficit ultimately sealed their fate.
The fact that the majority of the players were against a system of playoffs also made this decision inevitable. This was confirmed by a statement released by the Serie A Femminile players earlier today.
The AC Milan Women are no doubt, disappointed by this. They have stated many times before that their goal for the season was to play in the Champions League.
Now, those dreams have been dashed.
They will now spend a summer in reflection as they try to learn from their mistakes.
While this might be a temporary set back for them, they should be proud of what they’ve accomplished so far. Things will improve for them, and they’ll have a chance to qualify for Europe again next season.
All they can do now is pick up the pieces, and look towards the future.