Six Premier League teams have confirmed that they have joined the newly formed European Super League as founding members. The “big six” teams have all released statements to confirm their involvement in the European Super League. Talks of the formation of a new midweek competition has been in the air for a while now and it seems it is coming to reality.
UEFA and the top national associations are in strong opposition to this new development and have all vowed to resist it using every available measures. In a joint statement UEFA, The FA, RFEF, FIGC, La Liga, Premier League and Serie A all condemned the move and proposed to ban clubs participating in the “European Super League” from participating in domestic competitions.
The six English clubs include Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham. They are joined by three LaLiga clubs (Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid) and three Serie A clubs ( Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan)
Official statement confirms the 12 clubs that want to join a European Super League are:
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What is the European Super League?
The European Super League is a top level football announced in April 2021 by Europe’s leading football clubs. The competition will be played in midweeks just like the existing UEFA Champions League. There are fears that the ESL may bring an end to the Champions League if top clubs decide to walk away.
When will the European Super League (ESL) begin and what is the format?
The competition is intended to start “as soon as practicable” with a few other clubs expected to join the founding clubs.
- 20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.
- Midweek fixtures with all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match calendar which remains at the heart of the club game.
- An August start with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter finals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions. A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.
Who will be in-charge of the competition?
The 12 founding clubs are responsible for managing the European Super League. Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, is the first chairman of the Super League with Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, and Man United’s co-chairman Joel Glazer as vice-chairmen. However the founders intend to consult with UEFA and FIFA for a possible partnership in the future.
“Going forward, the founding clubs look forward to holding discussions with UEFA and FIFA to work together in partnership to deliver the best outcomes for the new league and for football as a whole.” read an ESL statement.