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European Super League

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 resurfaces periodically.

The primary motivation behind it all is money and the plans represent a massive threat to lower league finances, domestic cup competitions and weekend football. Most versions would lock out new entrants to the elite of European competition.

The FSA has led the charge against the creation of the ESL, working closely with our fellow fans across the continent via Football Supporters Europe (FSE) to whom the FSA is affiliated. FSE members commit to supporting the following principles, against which we will measure any future reform proposals.

Principles

  1. Promotion and relegation based on sporting performance – from the bottom of the pyramid to qualification for Europe
  2. No to closed leagues or franchise football – qualify on results, not through history or heritage
  3. Weekends are for domestic leagues – protect fan culture, home and away. No live broadcasts on Saturdays at 3:00pm
  4. We want competitive leagues – no to even more concentration of wealth and on-going domination by a fixed few top clubs
  5. Domestic football comes first – protect the pyramid and cup competitions
  6. Share the wealth – the money from elite football should be shared across the whole game

FSA chief executive Kevin Miles said:

“As our friends at Football Supporters Europe point out – there is no place for an ill-conceived breakaway super league.

“Supporters, players and clubs have already made clear they don’t want a stitched-up competition – we all want to see the trigger pulled on the walking dead monstrosity that is the European Zombie League.

“While the corpse might continue to twitch in the European courts, no English side will be joining. The incoming independent regulator will block any club from competing in domestic competition if they join a breakaway super league.

“Success must be earned on the pitch, not stitched-up in boardrooms.””

Latest news: European Super League

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Football Supporters’ Association response to Government announcement that it will today (Tuesday 19th March) launch legislation to introduce an Independent Football Regulator.

EFL makes strong case for regulator as MPs question football bosses

Premier League CEO Richard Masters and EFL chairman Rick Parry appeared today before Parliament’s cross-party Culture, Media and Sport Committee. MPs quizzed the pair on the need for an independent regulator and the state of football finances.

FSA response to European Super League case

FSA chief executive Kevin Miles said: “As our friends at Football Supporters Europe point out - there is no place for an ill-conceived breakaway super league.”

FSA tells Parliament – don’t let Premier League mark its own homework

Football reform was once again up for debate in Parliament as a whole host of football figures appeared in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee – including Kevin Miles, Chief Executive of the Football Supporters’ Association.

FSA statement on the European Super League’s twitching corpse

Football Supporters’ Association statement on the latest European Super League proposals.

UEFA recognise fans as major stakeholders after signing new agreement

UEFA have formally recognised football supporters as central stakeholders in the game by signing a binding agreement with Football Supporters Europe (FSE).

Another blow for the European Super League

One of the European Court of Justice’s most senior legal advisors has delivered yet another blow to the European Super League by ruling that UEFA does have the right to sanction clubs if they try to form a breakaway competition.

Champions League expansion from 2024 gets go-ahead

UEFA today confirmed that their much-criticised Champions League expansion will be going ahead in 2024, but some concessions have been made following supporter lobbying.

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