The KNVB has confirmed on Friday afternoon that the Eredivisie for Women is the first league in the Netherlands to end its 2019-20 season early due to the coronavirus pandemic. Current leaders PSV have secured a spot in the Women’s UEFA Champions League for the first time.
PSV Women ended the season at No. 1
PSV started and ended the Eredivisie season at No.1, seven points clear of second-placed Ajax and nine points above third-placed FC Twente. It was confirmed that all fixtures until the point of abandonment are valid, and the current standings in the league are considered the final placings of the season. Two matches remained of the regular campaign before the playoffs were to begin, when the top teams compete to decide the champions, with each team starting with half of the points they won in the regular season. “We would obviously have liked to finish the campaign”, says PSV Women manager Sandra Doreleijers. “But we fully understand the decision to ban all professional football, in view of the current situation in our country.”
‘Deserve Women’s UEFA Campions League’
“It has been acknowledged that the Eredivisie for Women will not resume, but that does not belittle the achievements and successes of the players and coaching staff”, says Doreleijers. “We are proud to have been declared as the best team with the current table to stand. We think we deserve to take part in the Women’s UEFA Champions League.”