It is the news of the year in the world of football. Twelve of the most important clubs in Europe, including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid, have announced the agreement for the creation of a new competition, the Super League, in which up to 20 teams will participate from next August, with matches during the week to respect national competitions.
The news has caused a huge earthquake, with supporters and detractors of this new competition. One of the most critical is Luis Figo.
The former Portuguese footballer has charged this Monday hard against the Super League, which considers that it will be the end of grassroots and women’s football.
“This supposed “Super League” is anything but “Super”. This greedy and callous move would spell disaster for our grassroots football, for women’s football and for the wider football community.”He wrote in a first tweet, which he rounded off shortly after with this other message.
“Just to serve interested owners, who stopped caring about their fans long ago, and a complete disregard for sporting merit. Tragic”.
The competition format involves dividing the 20 participants into two groups of 10, in an ‘all against all’, with round-trip matches that will lead to a total of 18 days. They will always be played during the week, making it easier for participants to continue playing their domestic leagues.
From 1st to 3rd place in each group, they will go directly to the quarterfinals, and the two remaining places for said round will be disputed in a ‘playoff’ by those who finish as 4th and 5th in each group.
From there, the quarterfinals and semifinals will be a round trip and the grand final will be a single match.
As for the duration of the competition, it will start in August and end in May. As for the season in which it is scheduled to start, the statement expresses the wish that it be as soon as possible but without specifying a specific date. Previously, it had been said that the plans were due to the fact that the first Super League takes place in the 2022/23 course.