GENEVA (AP) – A club-ownedcame closer to reality on Sunday.
The controversial project has long been planned by elite clubs and held a threat over European soccer body UEFA, whose lucrative and successfulit aims to replace.
At 9 a.m. local time (0700 GMT) on Monday in Montreux, Switzerland, UEFA’s executive committee is scheduled to begin a meeting to approve a new expandedformat taking effect in 2024. That plan is now in jeopardy. A group of 12 clubs finally confirmed its proposed 20-team competition in joint statements as Sunday turned to Monday in central Europe at a time seemingly designed to appeal to new fans in .
WHO ARE THE CLUBS?
The initialonly from England, Italy, and Spain. AC Milan, Arsenal, , Barcelona, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Tottenham. They want three more to complete a list of 15 so-called founder clubs. Those desired clubs are likely and Borussia Dortmund in Germany and Paris Saint-Germain in France. The 15 permanent members would be joined by five more who could qualify yearly “based on achievements in the prior season.”
WHEN WOULD IT START?
The 12 clubs did not announce a launch date though previous project documents have said the 2022-23 season. The founders are taking control from company to organize and manage the competition.
HOW MUCH MONEY?
with two groups of 10 teams, playing each other home and away, with midweek games starting in August. Each team would get 18 guaranteed games, compared to six in the current group stage and 10 in UEFA’s preferred format post-2024. The top three in each group would qualify for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals and semifinals would be a two-leg knockout series, and the final would be a single game at a neutral venue on the only weekend slot in the competition. The fourth- and fifth-place teams would enter two-leg playoffs to get the other quarterfinal spots.
WHAT ABOUT DOMESTIC LEAGUES?
The clubsthey want to continue playing in their domestic leagues at weekends. Juventus said it would be willing to continue playing in UEFA’s is launched. UEFA and the domestic associations in England, Italy, and Spain are unlikely to let this . They were joined by the national federation in each country earlier Sunday, pledging to “remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project.” Expelling any soccer is the most vigorous defense UEFA and domestic competitions have.
WILL NATIONAL TEAMS BE AFFECTED?
FIFA and UEFA have previouslywould be banned from representing national teams in competitions they organize. UEFA’s European Championship and South America’s kick off in June. in September. said they want talks with FIFA, whose own statement early Monday expressed “disapproval” without entirely closing the door on such a project. A previous project document detailed how 12 teams could advance to the expanded 24-team Club World Cup, which FIFA wants to launch in China, possibly in 2023.
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