Major European Football Clubs Announce Participation in New Super League Competition

20 April 2021

Twelve of Europe's top football clubs met today to announce that they agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, run by their Founding Clubs.

AC Milan, Arsenal FC, Atletico de Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, FC International Milano, Juventus FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid CF and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as Founding Clubs. Three more clubs are expected to join before the inaugural season, which is intended to start as soon as possible.

In the future, the Founding Clubs hope to discuss with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership and deliver better results for the new League and football as a whole.

The formation of the Super League takes place at a time when the world pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model. In addition, for several years, the Founding Clubs aimed to improve the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, as well as to create a format for the best clubs and players to compete regularly.

The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are needed to add value and support to the benefit of the entire European football pyramid. In recent months, there has been a wide-ranging dialogue with football stakeholders on the future format of European competitions. The Founding Clubs believe that the solutions proposed after these talks do not resolve fundamental issues, including the need to offer higher quality games and additional financial resources for the football pyramid in general.

Competition Format

  • 20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a ranking mechanism for five more teams to qualify annually based on the achievements of the previous season.
  • Midweek games with all participating clubs continue to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional home games schedule, which remains at the heart of club games.
  • It will be in early August with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing at home and away, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarterfinals. Teams that finish in fourth and fifth place will compete in playoff matches inside and outside the home for the remaining positions in the quarter-finals. The two-game knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, played in a single game at a neutral location.

As soon as possible after the start of the men's competition, a corresponding women's league will also be launched, helping to advance and develop women's football.

The new annual tournament will provide significantly greater economic growth and support for European football through a long-term commitment to unlimited solidarity payments, growing according to league revenues. These solidarity payments will be substantially higher than those generated by current European competition, and are expected to exceed € 10 billion over the Clubs' initial commitment period. In addition, the competition will be formed on a sustainable financial basis, with all the Founding Clubs signing up for an expense structure. In exchange for their commitment, the Founding Clubs will receive an amount of € 3.5 billion exclusively to support their infrastructure investment plans and offset the impact of the COVID pandemic.

Florentino Pérez, President of Real Madrid CF and first President of the Super League, said: "We will help football at all levels and take it to its rightful place in the world. Football is the only sport in the world with more than four billion people. fans in the world, and our responsibility as big clubs is to fulfill your wishes. "

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 worldwide and 99 European trophies. We are meeting at this critical time, allowing the European competition is transformed, placing the game we love on a sustainable basis for the long term future, substantially increasing solidarity and giving fans and amateur players a regular flow of outstanding games that will fuel their passion for matches and at the same time provide attractive behavior models. "

Joel Glazer, Co-President of Manchester United and Vice President of the Super League, said: "By bringing together the biggest clubs and players in the world to play with each other throughout the season, the Super League will usher in a new chapter for European football , guaranteeing competition and world-class structure, in addition to greater financial support for the broadest pyramid in football. "

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