The European Super League is set to launch in 2025 after the European Court of Justice ruled that UEFA’s monopoly on European club competitions is illegal.
The Super League was initially announced in 2021 by 12 top European clubs, but it was met with widespread opposition from fans and governments. The clubs withdrew from the competition within days, but they have since been working to revive the project.
The new Super League will be a closed competition, with 20 teams competing in three divisions. The top division, the Star League, will be made up of the 12 founding clubs, as well as two clubs from each of the top five European leagues. The other two divisions, the Gold League and the Blue League, will be open to promotion and relegation.
The Super League will be free-to-air, which is a major change from the current system, in which UEFA competitions are only available on pay-TV. This is expected to make the competition more accessible to fans around the world.
The Super League is likely to have a major impact on the landscape of European football. It could lead to the break-up of the current system, in which UEFA organizes all of the major European club competitions.
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Florentino Pérez, the president of Real Madrid and one of the main proponents of the Super League, said that the decision of the European Court of Justice was “a great day for football.”
“The Super League is a modern, open to all, and compatible with domestic competitions,” Pérez said. “It will allow us to effectively enforce financial fair play. It will protect players with fewer matches to play and will excite fans. It will be a football that is up to the 21st century.”
The UEFA has responded to the decision of the European Court of Justice by announcing a new format for the Champions League. The new format will increase the number of teams in the competition from 32 to 36, and it will introduce a new group stage with 10 teams in each group.
It remains to be seen how the Super League and the new Champions League will compete with each other. However, it is clear that the European football landscape is about to change.