Twelve of the most important football clubs in Europe announce today that they have reached an agreement to form a new competition, the Super League, governed by their Founding Clubs.
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Milan, the Juventus FC, the Liverpool FC, the Manchester City, the Manchester United, the Real Madrid CF and the Tottenham Hotspur they have joined as Founding Clubs. Three more clubs will be invited to join before the inaugural season which will start as soon as possible.
Looking to the future, Founding Clubs they hope to have conversations with the UEFA and the FIFA looking for the best solutions for Super league and for the whole of world football.
The creation of the new League occurs when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability of the current economic model of European football. For years, Founding Clubs They have aimed to improve the quality and intensity of existing European competitions and, in particular, to create a tournament in which the best clubs and players can compete against each other more frequently.
The pandemic has revealed that a strategic vision and a business approach are necessary to increase value and aid for the benefit of the football pyramid as a whole. In recent months there has been an intense dialogue with the governing bodies on the future format of European competitions. The Founding Clubs believe that the solutions proposed by the regulators do not solve the fundamental questions, which are both the need to offer higher quality matches, and to obtain additional financial resources for the entire world of football.
-20 clubs will participate, the 15 Founding Clubs and another five additional teams that will be classified annually based on the performance of the previous season;
-All matches will be played during the week, all clubs will continue to compete in their respective national leagues, thus preserving the traditional calendar that is at the center of club life;
-The season will begin in August with the participation of the clubs in two groups of ten, which will play roundtrip matches; The top three from each group will automatically qualify for the quarterfinals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth will play an additional two-legged playoff. Subsequently, two-party playoffs will be played from the quarters to reach the final, which will be played as a single game, at the end of May, in a neutral venue.
As soon as possible after the start of the men’s competition, the corresponding women’s league will be launched, which will contribute to the advancement and development of women’s football.
This new annual tournament will provide significantly higher economic growth, which will allow to support European football through a long-term commitment, that contributions to solidarity grow in line with the income of the new European league. Solidarity payments will be higher than those currently generated by the European competition system and are expected to exceed € 10 billion over the Clubs’ commitment period. On the other hand, the new competition will be built with financial criteria of sustainability, since all the Founding Clubs commit to adopt a spending framework. In exchange for their commitment, the Founding Clubs will collectively receive a one-time payment of 3.5 billion euros dedicated solely to undertaking infrastructure investment plans and offsetting the impact of the COVID pandemic.
Florentino Pérez, President of Real Madrid CF and President of the Superliga, said:
“We are going to help football at all levels to take its rightful place in the world. Soccer is the only global sport in the world with more than 4,000 million followers and our responsibility as big clubs is to respond to the wishes of the fans ”.
Supporting the new European league, Andrea Agnelli, President of Juventus and Vice President of the Super League said:
“Our 12 Founding Clubs represent billions of fans around the world. We have come together at this critical moment, to transform European competition, giving the sport we love a foundation that is sustainable for the future, substantially increasing solidarity, and giving fans and amateur players a dream and matches of maximum quality that will feed his passion for football ”.
Joel Glazer, Manchester United Co-President and Super League Vice President, said:
“By bringing together the best clubs and players in the world to play against each other throughout the season, the Super League will open a new chapter for European football, ensuring world-class competition and facilities, and greater financial support for the pyramid of football. football in general ”.