GENEVA, Switzerland ( Associated Press) — The new federation of European clubs was unveiled on Wednesday by a bloc of teams from across the continent who feel isolated from a political world of football dominated by its wealthy rivals.
The group was created after 18 months of intense debate over improvements to UEFA tournament formats such as the Champions League, as well as the failed Super League project.
“This is going to be a turning point,” said lawyer Katarina Pijtlovic as she unveiled the new partnership at the Play the Game conference in Odense, Denmark.
Established to represent middle class clubs, the UEC will be an alternative to the European Club Association which exerts great influence over UEFA.
Eintracht Frankfurt officials have revealed the goals of the middle-class clubs as it is in full swing to win the Europa League title in May. At the same time, UEFA was completing changes to the formats and qualification criteria for its club competitions from 2024.
An endless debate is how to distribute the billions of euros generated by audiovisual rights and sponsorships among clubs across Europe.
“It is an organization whose purpose is to unite clubs who for one reason or another believe that their interests are not adequately represented by the ECA at the European level, or that they do not have any form of representation. It is,” Pijtlovic said.
The ECA has approximately 250 full-time or associate members who have recently qualified for UEFA tournaments, but are usually controlled by a select few clubs.
A group of 12 major ECA clubs launched the Super League, a rival competition to the UEFA Champions League, last year.
Although the project collapsed in a few days due to the disapproval of fans, governments and sports commentators, a hearing on appeals to challenge the authority of the European Union Court in Luxembourg will take place on 11 and 12 July. UEFA. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus presented the case.
“Just because the clubs are rich, they should not be overloaded with management,” Pijtlovic said on Wednesday.
Professor Pijtlovic of Manchester Metropolitan University in England said officials involved in the new group have consulted with around 100 potential member clubs at all levels of European football.
He said his goals are to help clubs and leagues become more professional and improve sporting and financial competitiveness.