A new European Super League has been announced on Sunday with 12 founding clubs agreed to establish a breakaway. AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atlético de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC Internazionale Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs
What is European Super League?
The European Super League is a new midweek competition where football clubs will continue to fight in their individual national leagues. Including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham, the 12 founding clubs of the Super League agreed to join and have resigned from the European Club Association.
- 20 participating clubs with 12 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.
- Midweek fixtures with all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match calendar which remains at the heart of the club game.
- An August start with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter-finals.
- Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions. A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.
- The Founding Clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new League and for football as a whole.
- Further, for a number of years, the Founding Clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis.
- The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid.
- In recent months extensive dialogue has taken place with football stakeholders regarding the future format of European competitions.
- The Founding Clubs believe the solutions proposed following these talks do not solve fundamental issues, including the need to provide higher-quality matches and additional financial resources for the overall football pyramid.
- “As soon as practicable after the start of the men’s competition, a corresponding women’s league will also be launched, helping to advance and develop the women’s game.
Following the announcement of Super League UEFA reacted and in a joint statement with FA, Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A, criticized the project and did not rule out taking legal action over the plans, contending footballers involved would be forbidden from all other competitions at domestic, European, or world level and could be barred from representing their national teams.
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