The Premier League has provided English girls’s soccer £1m to assist allow the 2020-21 season to begin, chief government Richard Masters has advised MPs.
That funding would assist cowl coronavirus testing prices on the prime finish of the sport.
Masters additionally advised the Department of Culture, Media and Sport choose committee he would love the Premier League to take over the working of the Women’s Super League.
But he mentioned “now isn’t the right time”.
The 2019-20 Women’s Super League and Championship seasons, halted in March, have been ended formally on 25 May due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Chelsea declared WSL champions on a points-per-game foundation.
Kelly Simmons, the Football Association’s director of the ladies’s skilled recreation, has since indicated there’s a goal to begin the brand new season in September, though no dates have but been introduced.
For well being and security causes, testing gamers for coronavirus is vital to getting the WSL and Championship up and working once more. No additional funding for coronavirus testing was accessible to permit these competitions to increase and full the 2019-20 marketing campaign.
Masters mentioned: “What we’ve been able to do about the women’s game is to help them to the tune of around £1m to help get their testing programme up and running.
“We’ve just lately made that funding gesture to them and I consider on that foundation they’re able to begin their 2021 season.”
The Football Association runs the women’s game in England but Masters said there have been discussions about the Premier League taking over.
He said: “Over the previous yr, we have had a lot of dialogue with the FA and our personal golf equipment concerning the Premier League, sooner or later sooner or later, assuming duty for the skilled recreation.
“We decided collectively, that’s the FA and the Premier League and the WSL and Women’s Championship boards, that now isn’t the right time but we will return to that topic at some point in the near future.”
The FA announced on Monday it was making intensive cuts to cowl losses of about £300m attributable to the pandemic.
“We want the women’s game to be successful, which is why we are helping them and why we’ve engaged in those discussions with the FA about resuming responsibility for it,” Masters added.
“From a personal perspective, it is something I would like to do in the future for this organisation – being not just responsible for top of the pyramid in terms of the men’s game but also the women’s game.
“Those two issues would work hand in hand very properly, and would encourage a era of younger feminine footballers to become involved within the recreation.”