Soccer

Lyon women to be awarded 14th straight French title

AFP-Jiji, staff report

French women's soccer giant Lyon will be declared league champion for the 2019-20 campaign, collecting the title for the 14th consecutive year after the season was ended by the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision was confirmed to AFP by a source close to talks held Monday by the French Football Federation as well as a source at Lyon, backing up an earlier report from RMC Sport.

Lyon, winners of the past four Women's Champions League finals, have claimed the French title every year since 2007.

The women's top flight in France was halted in mid-March when Lyon held a three-point lead over Paris Saint-Germain.

Nadeshiko Japan defender Saki Kumagai has two goals from 14 appearances for Lyon during her seventh season at the club.

Last month, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that professional sport could not return until September.

The men's first and second divisions were ended early, with PSG named the top-flight champion.

Lyon and PSG will likely represent France next season in the Women's Champions League.

Both clubs made it through to the quarterfinals of this season's competition. Lyon is due to play Bayern Munich while PSG will face Arsenal if UEFA is able to reschedule the latter stages of the knockout round.

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