The European Super League has been formed when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model. President of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez has been elected as Super League Chairman. Twelve of Europe’s leading football teams joined hands and came together to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, governed by its Founding Clubs. Super League statement and format have been released as the competition is expected to commence in August 2021.
Super League Statement:
The 12 founding clubs of the Super League have issued a statement, with Andrea Agnelli as Vice-Chairman and Florentino Perez as First Chairman.
- 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.
- It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.
- Going forward, 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.
Super League format:
The clubs have released a joint statement announcing the tournament’s format, which is:
– 20 participating clubs with 15 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.
European football’s governing body threatened that Super League clubs and players would be banned from playing in any other sport. The UEFA executive committee will conduct a meeting on Monday.