Clubs, income, playoffs … what the Superleague could look like

Twelve major European clubs should soon formalize their desire to create a Superleague. To compete with the UEFA Champions League and pocket more income. It remains to be seen what face this elitist competition could take, which has caused a great reaction in recent hours.

They are twelve so far. And their revolutionary project puts the football world in all its forms. Several major European clubs should soon formalize their desire to create a Superleague. Real Madrid, Barça, Atlético de Madrid, Inter, AC Milan, Juventus, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham have agreed to launch a new semi-closed competition. With the objective of pocketing a maximum of gains.

What seriously threatens the future of the Champions League and the Europa League. But also the attractiveness of the national championships. UEFA and several federations have already indicated that they will fight to the end to derail this elitist project. Several governments could also get involved.

Twenty clubs and a playoff system

It remains to be seen what exactly this Superleague would consist of. The clubs that are behind it have been working on it for quite a while. Documents were edited a few months ago to define the outlines, without being definitive. The idea would be to launch this new format for the 2022-2023 season.

Twenty clubs would be invited to participate. They would be divided into two hens of ten. Each team would meet its nine opponents in a first round of home and away matches. With meetings scheduled during the week.

The best four from each pool would then qualify for the playoffs. A system of “best against worst” would then be applied to determine the posters of the quarter-finals, which would be played back and forth. The best team in the group stage would face the eighth, the second would be opposed to the seventh, the third to the sixth and the fourth to the fifth (as for the NBA playoffs). The four qualifiers would meet for the semi-finals, always back and forth. Before the final on neutral ground, scheduled for a weekend.

A financial control system

The clubs involved would therefore potentially have 23 games to play to win this Superleague. At the same time, the idea would be to let them participate in their national championships. A subsidy of 3.525 billion euros, called the “Infrastructure Grant”, would be provided for the founding clubs to compensate for losses linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. A fixed percentage (65%) of media revenues, including retransmission rights, would be divided equally between the different clubs.

Without maintaining UEFA’s financial fair play, the Superleague would still provide a spending limit not to be exceeded. This limit would be calculated based on the income of each club. A control body, called the “Financial Sustainability Group”, would be responsible for studying the accounts of participants, with regular audits and verifications. Sanctions would be provided for clubs that do not respect the rules.

A president elected every five years

Structurally, the Superleague would be run by its founding clubs. A general assembly, made up of a representative from each team, would meet once a year to approve the main orientations. A board of directors would oversee day-to-day operations, through eight to ten annual meetings.

Six committees would also be responsible for making recommendations to improve the Superleague throughout the year, through these different themes: media rights, competition format, financial strategy, solidarity and fan experience. All supervised by a chairman of the committees, who would be elected every five years.

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