Pioneer clubs add that the goal is to start competing as soon as possible, with a total of 20 teams.
The European Superliga was made official tonight, with 12 founding clubs, for now: AC Milan, Arsenal, Atlético Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Tottenham. In a joint statement, these emblems add that the goal is to start competing as quickly as possible with a total of 20 emblems: 15 founders plus five per income.
According to the statement, the format of the test is this:
– 20 clubs will participate the 15 founders and five others who will qualify for the competition annually based on their performance in the previous season.
– The games will be played during the week and all clubs will continue to compete in the respective championships, thus preserving the traditional calendar;
– The season will start in August with the participation of the clubs in two groups of ten, where they will play round-trip games; the top three in each group automatically qualify for the quarterfinals. Teams that finish in fourth and fifth place will play a two-legged playoff. Then, two-legged qualifiers will be held from the quarterfinals to the final, which will be a single encounter, at the end of May, on a neutral field;
Intention to maintain dialogue with FIFA and UEFA
This afternoon, given the rumors of the Super League announcement, UEFA immediately made it clear that anyone who would play in this new competition would be banned from domestic and European competitions. In light of this, the founders of the Super League say they want to keep the dialogue going.
“The founding clubs hope to hold talks with FIFA and UEFA in order to find the best solutions for the Super League and for world football in general. The creation of the new League takes place in a scenario in which the pandemic has accelerated the instability of the current economic model of European football. For years, the founding clubs aimed to better the quality and intensity of European events and, in particular, to create a tournament in which the best clubs and players could compete more frequently “, can read in the statement.
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