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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, 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

Latest news: European Super League

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.

Fans groups across tell UEFA: “Stop it with the Superbowl knock-offs”

Football Supporters Europe (FSE) has once again outlined its opposition to UEFA future plans for European competition, with a statement co-signed by groups representing millions of matchgoing fans across the continent.

“Every time the big clubs don’t get what they like, they threaten to break away”

Football Supporters’ Association chief executive Kevin Miles appeared on Sky Sports News yesterday to discuss UEFA’s latest proposed European competition changes.

Supporter groups say no to Champions League changes

Supporters’ groups from the FSA’s Premier League Network met last night and were unanimous in their opposition to UEFA’s proposed Champions League changes that will entrench the richest clubs, damage the English football pyramid and rip off fans. The FSA supports their stance.

“Big six” sabotage of owners’ charter shows need for reform

England’s so-called “big six” clubs have killed off attempts by the Premier League to introduce a new owners charter according to reports published today.

EFFC: Europe-wide fans’ meeting returns for 2022

This summer the European Football Fans’ Congress will return for the first time since the pandemic with the event due to be held in Frankfurt, Germany, from 21st July to 24th July.

Fan-led Review recommends radical reform to game’s regulation

A new independent regulator, along with other significant reforms to football’s governance, is urgently needed to protect the game’s future according to the interim report from the Fan-led Review.

Fan-led Review: Have your say

Ahead of the publication of its interim report later this month, the Government’s Fan-led Review into football governance is calling on individual supporters to have their say.

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