As mentioned this Sunday, 12 clubs officially announced the creation of a European Super League. The format of the future competition, which will start “as soon as possible”, is detailed.
So it’s official, 12 European clubs have announced the creation of a Super League, a new semi-closed competition that competes with the UEFA Champions League. By a press release published on the night of Sunday to Monday, these entities are a coup and ensure that “the inaugural season will start as soon as possible”.
12 founding clubs, three more expected
The document specifies the names of the 12 teams concerned, information which had already filtered a few hours earlier: AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético, Chelsea, Barça, Inter, Juve, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real and Tottenham. Three other clubs have yet to be added to these 12 founding members. Florentino Perez is named the first president of the Super League, Joel Glazer vice-president.
The format will be, according to the press release, as follows:
>>> 20 participating clubs including 15 founding clubs and five additional teams qualified each year through a system based on their performance from the previous season.
>>> Matches will be played on weekdays with clubs that will continue to play in their national leagues, thus preserving the traditional match schedule that remains at the heart of club life.
>>> The season will start in August with the participation of clubs divided into two groups of ten who will play their home and away matches; the first three in each group automatically qualify for the quarter-finals. The 4th and 5th of each group play a jump-off for the last two quarter-final tickets. Round-trip playoffs will be organized until the final, which will be played in a single match, at the end of May, on neutral ground.
It remains to be seen the outcome of the negotiations that the members of the Super League wish to start with UEFA and Fifa “in order to find the best solutions for the new League and for football as a whole”.