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European Soccer Clubs Unveil Details of New Competition

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In July, a consortium of European soccer clubs including Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund announced that they had formed a new rival to the Premier League and the popular La Liga. On Thursday, those clubs agreed on the structure of the so-called “European Super League,” according to The Independent.

The system would consist of a 24-team tournament, dubbed the Club World Cup, as well as two other round-robin competitions, a domestic one, featuring 14 teams, and an intercontinental one, with 12 clubs in each. The objective was to increase revenues, create more popularity and maximize fans’ access to the Premier League and La Liga.

From The Independent:

As part of the deal, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has been asked to provide a clear and urgent roadmap as to how the Super League is to be implemented. Clubs have also been asked to respond to new scheduling concerns and concerns that some leagues would lose out to countries that also were to qualify to enter the Super League competition. [It] would be potentially ruined by the threat of player grievances over playing times, and the fate of the England teams in UEFA’s competitions. Clubs will be pressured to play their ties around Champions League date/halls unless clubs can be guaranteed an extra hour’s rest on days when they play overseas.

European clubs in UEFA competitions have already warned UEFA about losing out on revenue as a result of lower TV deals with broadcasters that could come as a result of the creation of the Super League.

It’s not clear, at this point, if there will be other major changes to the transfer windows that would affect the interest and values of clubs, such as the end of summer transfer negotiations in Europe and the creation of a winter window in January. There has been speculation that all three leagues could be merged, with the owners of Premier League and La Liga deciding to give up some of their exclusive revenues and funding to spread them around.

There are also questions about whether clubs from Qatar and other Middle Eastern nations should be allowed to participate in the tournament.

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