The breakaway Super League was announced in 2021 by a group of football executives. Twenty European football teams, including 12 “founding members” who would have remained in the tournament permanently, were scheduled to compete in the league.
A22 Sports Management is a business that is working to promote a new European league.
Even though the Super League claimed to have the initial backing of 12 of the best teams in football, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Juventus, Barcelona, and Real Madrid, widespread opposition resulted in its suspension of operations just three days after it was made public.
A22 argues that the governing bodies are abusing a dominant position under EU competition law by blocking the formation of the Super League and sanctioning the competing clubs in court.
A non-binding opinion issued by the Advocate General in the case in December stated that rules allowing UEFA and FIFA to block the formation of new competitions were compatible with EU law. The European Court of Justice is scheduled to issue its final ruling in the case later this year.
Clubs should only spend a fixed percentage of their annual football-related revenue on player salaries and net transfers, according to Reichart’s plans for cost control measures.
About fifty European teams have met with A22 since October of last year.
Uefa approved changes to the Champions League last year, increasing the number of teams competing in the group stage from 32 to 36 for the 2024–25 season.
The first phase of the new format will consist of a single league table with all teams.
Each will play eight games in the group stage against different teams, four of which will be at home and four of which will be away.
The top eight will advance to the knockout stage, while the ninth through 24th place finishers will compete for a spot in a two-leg play-off.
A22 assert that in-depth discussions with clubs across Europe regarding the financial challenges they face led to the development of the new project. The Premier League’s wealth, its dominance of the transfer market, and the impact it has on other European leagues with less lucrative television deals have been the primary targets of the attacks carried out by A22 and the ESL in recent months.
The backers of the European Super League have made it clear that they want to restart the project that failed two years ago: a multi-division competition with 60 to 80 teams and at least 14 games per club per season and no permanent members.
There are currently no specifics regarding the formation of the initial 60 to 80 teams or their withdrawal from the proposed competition to make room for new clubs.
Additionally, the plan emphasizes that participating clubs should remain “fully committed to domestic tournaments.”
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