New plans for 80-team European Super League announced – the details and 10 principles

By Oliver Fisher -

Fresh plans have been unveiled ahead of a possible relaunch of the European Super League project that failed two years ago.

It was back in April 2021 that 12 ‘elite’ European clubs decided they were no longer happy with how UEFA run things and thus opted to break off and form their own version of the Champions League.

Milan, Juventus and Inter were all involved from Serie A as were Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid from LaLiga. Premier League sides Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Spurs were the other six. However, they nearly all pulled out within 48 hours with the exception of Real, Barca and Juve.

The rumours of a potential reboot never went away especially given the outspoke nature of A22, the company called upon to redesign and carry on the project. Earlier today they published a press release that outlines the ten principles that must be followed for the creation of a new European football league.

As Sky report, Bernd Reichart – the CEO of the company – has compiled these rules after having talks with over 50 clubs and various stakeholders from the European footballing scene.

“The foundations of European football are in danger of collapsing,” Reichart told German newspaper Die Welt.

“It’s time for a change. It is the clubs that bear the entrepreneurial risk in football. But when important decisions are at stake, they are too often forced to sit idly by on the sidelines as the sporting and financial foundations crumble around them.”

As MilanNews add, the preliminary summary of the document reads as follows: “The consistent feedback received by the A22 on European club competitions has been distilled into ten principles. The feedback suggests an open, purely merit-based, multi-divisional European football league with 60-80 clubs and a minimum of 14 guaranteed European matches per club, additional financial resources for the whole pyramid, and a significant increase in investment in solidarity and grassroots sports. The need to promote and develop the women’s game by placing it at the centre of the scene alongside the men’s competitions.”

1. Broad and merit-based competitions
2. Domestic tournaments: the basis of football
3. Improving competitiveness with stable and sustainable resources
4. Player health must be at the heart of the game
5. Club-run competitions with financial sustainability rules transparent and well applied
6. The best football competition in the world
7. Improving the fan experience
8. Developing and funding women’s football
9. Significantly increasing solidarity
10. Respecting European Union law and values

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  1. This could be fun. I think UCL has become quite uninteresting. It’s always very predictable who goes through to the knock out stages.

    Maybe a European league can even the odds between the different leagues. Or maybe PL will just become even richer. I have no idea how this would work in the real world. But it sounds better to include many clubs instead of only a few big clubs.

    1. Why? How would any of this change the difference in wealth between City, PSG, Madrid, Bayern, etc., and the rest? Why would player wages/fees go down if clubs are “earning more”? Selling clubs and players/agents would just ask for more money. The only way to “save” football is to establish salary caps, find a way to create transfer fee caps, limit agent fees, and finally, ACTUALLY enforce FFP regulations as opposed to giving clubs like City and PSG a free pass. Unfortunately, football is corrupt on all levels and this new “Super League” will not be an exception. The rich will always get richer.

      1. I am talking about salary cap, for years. How you can play against Chelsea? They spend 600M for transfers, we spent 5M. Agents are special story. They make millions from only one transfer. All this issue can be organized fairly, but UEFA is corrupt. Full of mediocricity and not interested for any changes. Football is not sport any more. Only money and politics. In a best case scenario, and with huge luck, we can play CL final in about 10-15 years from now.

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