European Super League: Everything You Need to Know as Top Clubs Sign up For New Competition
- The European Super League is set to have 20 clubs participating alongside the 15 founding teams
- The tournament will be split into two groups, with those finishing in the top three progressing to the next round
- Experts now suggest the new competition could spell doom for Champions League and the Europa League
- UEFA has since poked holes in the new arrangement, with the body warning of dire repercussions for those involved
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A number of elite clubs have committed to join a European Super League, a new competition that now threatens the future of the Champions League.
Clubs from the Premier League lead a host of other top European clubs who have shown intent to participate in the competition.
The teams include EPL's 'Big Six', Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan among others.
However, those from France and Germany have not shown any signs of joining, a decision that the European governing body, UEFA, has lauded.
In a statement released by the body on Sunday, April 18, UEFA expressed its reservations for the plans, warning clubs involved could be banned.
UEFA further threatened to institute a lawsuit against teams that have shown intentions to breakaway.
But with fans keen to understand what the European Super League is all about and the future of club competitions, TUKO.co.ke digs deeper to explain:
What is the European Super League?
The European Super League is a new competition formed by a number of elite clubs from Europe in plans to breakaway.
The competition will have 20 teams competing, with matches to be played in midweek and an end of the season playoff to determine the winners.
However, according to reports, 15 founding clubs cannot be relegated from the closed-door elite, with five more clubs entitled to qualify every season.
SunSport reports the 20 participating clubs will be split into two groups of 10 each, playing 18 matches in total in two-legged affairs.
The top three clubs in each group will then qualify for the last elimination round, with teams finishing fourth and fifth in each group taking part in playoffs to fill the final two knockout places.
England is set to have the biggest number of representatives, with Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham all involved.
Other founding teams include Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan.
Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are being courted to complete the 15 slots.
However, it remains unclear how the five other teams (to complete the 20-member league) will be selected each season.
Participation in domestic leagues:
Despite the introduction of the European Super League, it is understood participating teams will still compete in their respective domestic leagues.
What is the future of Champions League?
Already, it has been envisaged the formation of the European Super League will spell doom for the Champions League.
SunSport contends should Europe's biggest 18 clubs breakaway, Champions and Europa League will suffer a significant blow as it will have an impact in commercial revenue and economic model of the continent's economic model.
What will this mean to the Premier League?
Despite the 'Big Six' remaining committal to participate, it is expected the European Super League will have a significant long-term impact.
However, the immediate impact would be redundancy of the top-four race.
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