The European Club Super League resurfaced: the new format of the tournament that seeks to compete with the Champions League

The bases of the new Super League that appears in Europe

At the beginning of 2021, European football received the unexpected news of the creation of a Super League that it would have the most important teams of the main leagues in search of a new format that would favor the viewer and would grant greater income to the clubs. However, the UEFA stood before this possibility and after several days of conflicts lmanaged to deactivate the possibility in addition to sanctioning those who stood firm until the last second. Far from abandoning this initiative, in recent hours revived the project but with several changes around it.

The company A22 Sports Managementestablished in Madrid linked to the sports field and promoter of the innovative event, revealed these approaches after the conversations that the organization has held since last October with more than 50 clubs and football players on European competitions. Through a statement, the ten principles that will be based on the idea were made public that it would be open, based solely on sporting merit, with several divisions and between 60 and 80 participating teams, along with a minimum of 14 guaranteed European matches per team.

the new project brings big differences with respect to the first initiative And this time, a much more federal plan is sought where a greater number of clubs participate, unlike the elite division that was sought to be imposed at the time. Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, explained during the initial rebellion the reason for the creation of a Super League: “We will help football at all levels and we will take it to its rightful place in the world. Soccer is the only global sport in the world with more than four billion fans and Our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to their wishes.”.

Gianni Infantino and UEFA again in check for the European Club Super League (Photo: Reuters)
Gianni Infantino and UEFA again in check for the European Club Super League (Photo: Reuters)

The next move in the fight is once again in the hands of FIFA together with UEFA. In 2021, it received the support of important institutions such as Paris Saint-Germain and they imposed sanctions for all those who stood in favor of the brand new parallel tournament. In this case, the format is different and the support that the Super League would receive is supposed to be greater, so the next move by the body that regulates soccer at the world and European level is unknown for now.


1. Open competitions based on sporting merit

The European league should be an open competition, with several divisions, made up of between 60 and 80 teams, and that allows a sustainable distribution of income throughout the football pyramid. Participation each season should be based on sporting merit, without permanent members. The qualification system should be open, based on performance in national competitions, thus allowing all clubs access to the competition while maintaining competitive dynamics at the national level.

2. National competitions: the foundations of football

Participants they should remain committed to their national competitions and tournaments, just as they are today. At the same time, the critical need to strengthen and make more competitive national tournaments across the continent must be addressed. European competitions should play a key role in achieving this goal, generating and injecting additional resources into the entire system.

3. Improve competitiveness with stable and sustainable resources

Improving the competitiveness of European clubs requires a greater distribution of financial resources for the whole pyramid and financial sustainability rules that are rigorously applied. Clubs need greater stability and visibility of their annual income to be able to make long-term commitmentsboth with its players and with the development of infrastructures.

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A better and more attractive European competition format would generate additional resourcesand there is no doubt that the financial stability of the clubs would increase significantly if they are guaranteed a minimum of 14 games by season.

Several demonstrations broke out in 2021 with the announcement of the Super League.  In this case, Barcelona (Photo: Reuters)
Several demonstrations broke out in 2021 with the announcement of the Super League. In this case, Barcelona (Photo: Reuters)

4. The health of the players must be at the center of our sport

The number of days of European competition should not increase with respect to that planned in the current calendars. Players associations should have a greater role in ensuring the health of players, and social dialogue should be promoted in the European Union. It is essential that European clubs and their players cannot be forced by third parties to participate in new competitions or expanded calendars of current tournaments.

5. Club-Governed Competitions with Transparent and Rigorously Enforced Financial Sustainability Rules

European club competitions should be governed by the clubs, just as they are at national level, and not by third parties who benefit from the system without assuming any risk. Its governance structure must fully comply with the regulations of the European Union.

European football must be sustainable and, for this, club spending should be based solely on the resources that the clubs are capable of generating, and not on third-party capital injections that distort the competition. Financial sustainability standards must limit club spending on player salaries and transfers to a fixed percentage of their annual income, with specific regulations adjusted to the smallest clubs and the transitional period.

6. The best soccer competition in the world

The aim must be to develop a European football competition that becomes the most exciting sporting event in the world. European fans deserve the best matches and the best experience. It is also critical that the younger generations, drawn to globally expanding American sports and digital entertainment media, continue to embrace soccer as the world’s most beloved sport. And all this can only be achieved with competitions that allow the best players in the world to compete throughout the season with exciting matches, from start to finish.

The European Club Super League seeks to battle against the Champions League (Photo: Reuters)
The European Club Super League seeks to battle against the Champions League (Photo: Reuters)

7. Improve the fan experience

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Additional measures should be taken to facilitate the attendance of fans at away games. Standards should also be established with the aim of regulating the quality of stadiums and other football infrastructure, thus improving the live football experience.

8. Develop and finance women’s football

It is essential to promote and develop women’s football, raise its profile and put it under the spotlight along with the men’s competitions. To achieve this goal, funding from European women’s club competitions should be significantly expanded. Investments in women’s football should target both the professional level and the development of grassroots football.

9. Significantly increase solidarity

As announced, the contribution of a minimum of 400 million euros per year for solidarity, clubs that do not participate in the competition and social causes – that is, more than double the contribution of the current European Club Competitions – should help achieve this goal. Transparency in management should also be guaranteed through supervision by independent authorities that report publicly and periodically on the destination of the funds and their impact.

10. Respect for the values ​​and regulations of the European Union

No European club should be forced to submit to conflict resolution systems outside the European Union and its rule of law. The jurisdiction of sports arbitration should be strictly limited to issues of a sports nature, and any legal issue of another nature should be resolved in the appropriate forum for it. And in all cases, under the ultimate supervision of the judicial system of the European Union.

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