The Premier League is providing around £1m to help the 2020-21 women's season get started, chief executive Richard Masters has revealed.

The 2019-20 Women's Super League and Championship campaigns, having been halted in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, were brought to an early end in May, with positions determined on a points-per-game basis.

The FA has said the target date for the start of the new season is the weekend of 5 and 6 September. 

Speaking at the British government's Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee evidence session, Masters said: "What we've been able to do for the women's game is to help them to the tune of around £1m to help them get their testing programme up and running.

"We've recently made that funding gesture to them and I believe on that basis they are able to start their 2021 season."

Kelly Simmons, the FA's director of the women's professional game, subsequently said in a statement: "It is well documented that the football industry is going through a difficult period with the Covid-19 pandemic, and the FA has been transparent with our own challenges.

"We would like to thank the Premier League for its support in providing crucial funding that will allow us to align with their testing protocols when we come back for the 2020-21 season.

"Player safety is our number one priority. Every time a player steps onto the field, we want them to feel that they are in a safe environment, and we will continue to work with government, clubs and football stakeholders to ensure that happens."

Masters also said he would like the Premier League to take over the running of the elite end of the women's club game, while stressing that there has been collective agreement that "now wasn't the right time".

Masters said: "In the last year we have had lots of dialogue with the FA and with our own clubs about the Premier League, at some point in the future, assuming responsibility for the professional game.

"We decided collectively, that's the Premier League and the FA together, and the WSL and Women's Championship boards, that now wasn't the right time, but we will return to that topic at some point in the near future."

He added: "We obviously want the women's game to be successful, which is why we are helping them and why we have engaged in those discussions with the FA about assuming responsibility for it.

"From a personal perspective, I think it is something I would like to do in the future for this organisation - not being just responsible for the top of the pyramid in terms of the men's game but also the women's game.

"I think those two things would work hand in hand very well, and to inspire a generation of young female footballers to get involved in the game."