Thu 09 February 2023 | 11:58

European Super League launches new proposal, up to 80 teams with no permanent members

Organisers of the European Super League have announced a revamped project that could include as many as 80 teams.

Bernd Reichart, the chief executive of A22 Sports Management, a company behind the European Super League, has confirmed their fresh plans to create a new competition with no permanent members and based on sporting performance.

The European Super League was launched in 2021, but failed to materialise after protests against it. 12 teams announced they will join the competition, but later 9 teams decided to leave Super League due to backlash from fans.

Real Madrid



, and Juventus are still supporting this project.

A22 Sports Management says a new-look and open European Super League could contain up to 80 teams in a multi-divisional format. This company claims that they have consulted nearly 50 European clubs since last October.

"The foundations of European football are in danger of collapsing."

executive Bernd Reichart said in a press release.

"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.

"Our talks have also made it clear that clubs often find it impossible to speak out publicly against a system that uses the threat of sanctions to thwart opposition.

"Our dialogue was open, honest, constructive and resulted in clear ideas about what changes are needed and how they could be implemented. There is a lot to do and we will continue our dialogue.”

A22 Sports Management is currently awaiting a ruling from the European Court of Justice over whether FIFA and UEFA have the power to stop clubs from creating a new competition.

Bernd Reichart, CEO of A22, also told the German newspaper Die Welt:

“Clubs bear all entrepreneurial risks but too often are forced to sit on the sidelines when key decisions are made, and they are watching their sporting and financial foundations crumble.

"Our discussions have made clear clubs are often unable to publicly speak up against a system where the threat of sanctions is used to stifle opposition.

"Our dialogue has been honest, direct, and fruitful. There are clear conclusions about the need for change and the building blocks of how to achieve it.”

The new manifesto states:

"A European football league should be an open, multi-divisional competition with 60 to 80 teams, allowing for sustainable distribution of revenues across the pyramid.

"Participation should be based on annual sporting merit and there should be no permanent members."

It adds:

"Participating clubs should remain fully committed to domestic tournaments as they are today.

"At the same time, the critical need to strengthen and make more competitive domestic tournaments across the continent must be addressed.

"European competitions should play a pivotal role in helping to achieve this goal by generating and allocating additional resources throughout the system."

The A22 statement adds:

"Financial sustainability rules should allow clubs to only spend a fixed percentage of their annual football-related revenue on player salaries and net transfers with appropriate provisions for smaller clubs and transition rules."

source: SportMob

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