The Women's Super League and Championship seasons have been ended with immediate effect.

A statement on the Football Association's official website confirmed the decision had been taken following "overwhelming feedback" from clubs.

Recommendations for sporting outcomes - such as who should represent England in the Women's Champions League next season - will be sent to the FA board. 

The statement read: "Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the FA Women's Super League and Women's Championship Board has been in regular consultation with clubs and key stakeholders from across both leagues to identify the most suitable and appropriate way to conclude the 2019-20 season, and to give clubs and players the clarity and support they need at this time.

"Following overwhelming feedback from the clubs, the decision to bring an end to the 2019-20 season was made in the best interest of the women's game.

"This will also enable clubs, the FA Women's Super League & Women's Championship Board and the FA to plan, prepare and focus on next season when football returns for the 2020-21 campaign.

"Supporting the welfare of the clubs and players will continue to be our primary concern throughout this process, which also involved a robust and thorough examination of the logistical, operational and financial challenges that the game currently faces." 

There are several Republic of Ireland internationals plying their trade in England including Katie McCabe, Louise Quinn (both Arsenal), Rianna Jarrett (Brighton and Hove Albion), Leanne Kiernan (West Ham), Megan Campbell (Manchester City) and Niamh Fahey (Liverpool).

Manchester City had been leading the table by a point ahead of Chelsea, with the Gunners just four points off the summit.

In Ireland the Women's National League had not even started before the pandemic froze all sporting activity.

Clubs will be permitted to resume training in small groups from 20 July but full team training will not be allowed until 10 August, with games slated to return 18 days later.