What is happening now? Football after the Super League proposal
Wwith the Failure of the European Super League before even taking off, it’s time to ask yourself where football is going from here.
The project led by 12 of the continent’s richest clubs threatened to tear apart the very fabric of community football, so it’s hard to argue that we can continue as if nothing had happened.
There won’t be a Super League, for now anyway, but however, changes in European football are on their way and they are far from being a victory for the less fortunate.
The so-called “Dirty Dozen” power play attempt apparently failed and UEFA’s strength and status have been enhanced, at least that’s what it would seem at first glance.
On the other hand, waiver clubs are likely to get in the years to come a lot of what they wanted, which begs the question of whether they knew it would fail all along.
UEFA confirmed this week the new format for the Champions League which will debut in 2024/25 and it’s a pretty drastic change, showing once again that European football is changing in one way or another.
Oddly enough, the new look Champions League will have 180 group stage matches, exactly the same number proposed by the European Super League and almost double the amount currently played in the Champions League.
Each team will play ten games, which is less than the 18 offered by the European Super League but still an increase from the current format.
This was one of the main desires of elite clubs, more European matches and more matches overall means the potential to increase TV and advertising revenue, as well as ticket sales and other income. on match days.
The group stage will also take the form of a single group, a virtual league, and the same principle will also be introduced for the Europa League and the Conference League.
This is different from the Super League, which had two groups, but it’s interesting that it’s still a shift from traditional small groups to bigger leagues.
One of the most controversial aspects of the Champions League’s future plans is that some form of safety net is provided to elite teams who fail to qualify for the competition through their home league.
Two places in the group stage will be reserved for the teams with the highest coefficient which have not already qualified automatically.
As it stands, that would mean if the rules were in place for next season, then Liverpool and Arsenal – two of the co-founders of the Super League – would enter the Champions League despite their sixth and ninth premier league.
More games and a helping hand for big clubs having a bad domestic season, so far the new Champions League sounds like a decent compromise from the point of view of European Super League clubs.
Then there is the planned relaxation of UEFA financial fair play rules, which will be music to the ears of the clubs with the most purchasing power.
Nothing has yet been confirmed on this front, but in response to the COVID-19 crisis, UEFA is preparing to change the current one Financial fair play model.
European football’s governing body was quick to announce an increase in funding for its competitions following the announcement of the Super League, funds that could disproportionately benefit the elite.
Fan reaction and pressure played a huge role in the downfall of the European Super League, but fans may have to go crazy if they are serious about getting the game back and fighting for a fairer future.
With or without the Super League, the coming years will bring changes to European football, changes that will see television become even more important and the richer clubs will move further away from the rest, unless, perhaps, the supporters continue to protest.