Women's Sport: 'There is going to be challenges ahead' says Chelsea manager Emma Hayes

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Chelsea manager Emma Hayes thinks 'life will change' in women's football when the sport starts again.

The Football Association announced all top level football in England has been postponed until at least April 30 as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Blues currently sit second in the Women's Super League table, just a point behind leaders Manchester City and with a game in hand.

Hayes, who guided Chelsea to a 2-1 Continental Cup victory over Arsenal this season, thinks the effect that COVID-19 will have on the sport could last a significant period of time once the epidemic is finally under control.

The 43-year-old, who has been in charge of the club since 2012, told BBC Radio 5 Live:

"Life will change come the end of this because I don’t think it is something that will settle even after a period of eight to 12 weeks' quarantine.

"With the women’s game there is going to be challenges ahead and maybe not for the clubs at the top necessarily, but I think there is going to be challenges with smaller clubs around the world.

"Players can’t go to work, it’s not like players can work from home. Yes they can do some gym work etc. in isolation, but when the season does resume there will be a large chunk where some would not have touched a ball."

The Women's League Cup has already been lifted, but Hayes' side have also now got to wait to resume their FA Cup journey, with the club meant to have faced Everton on March 15. 

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