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.
- 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
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.””