How much money is enough money? The concept of a European Super League (ESL) has been around since the late-80s but the idea that won’t die has once again resurfaced.
The primary motivation behind it all is money and the plans represent a massive threat to lower league finances, domestic cup competitions, weekend football, and will lock out new entrants to European competition.
The ESL has obviously been a huge talking point in 2021 with the backlash causing waves so big they encouraged the Government to kickstart its promised fan-led review.
Fans across the continent, via FSE, reaffirm our commitment to the following principles, against which we will measure any future reform proposals:
- Promotion and relegation based on sporting performance – from the bottom of the pyramid to qualification for Europe
- No to closed leagues or franchise football – qualify on results, not through history or heritage
- Weekends are for domestic leagues – protect fan culture, home and away. No live broadcasts on Saturdays at 3:00pm
- We want competitive leagues – no to even more concentration of wealth and on-going domination by a fixed few top clubs
- Domestic football comes first – protect the pyramid and cup competitions
- Share the wealth – the money from elite football should be shared across the whole game