After Premier League giants like Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham pulled out of the European Super League two years ago, European giants like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus continue to battle with the UEFA to push for a new project that will reportedly feature a multi-division competition of 60 to 80 teams.
Apart from the inclusion of 60-80 teams, the new project will feature teams with no permanent members, and a minimum of 14 games per club, per season, according to The Telegraph.
A22 Sports Management, the company promoting a revamped European league, has been consulting with clubs across Europe since October 2022. The company's chief executive Bernd Reichart told German outlet Die Welt, "The foundations of European football are in danger of collapsing. It's time for a change. It is the clubs that bear the entrepreneurial risk in football. But when important decisions are at stake, they are too often forced to sit idly by on the sidelines as the sporting and financial foundations crumble around them."
The new Super League project is expected to replace the UEFA Champions League and the A22 has blamed the UEFA and FIFA for the European clubs incoherent dialogue. Reichart added, "Our talks have also made it clear that clubs often find it impossible to speak out publicly against a system that uses the threat of sanctions to thwart opposition. Our dialogue was open, honest, constructive and resulted in clear ideas about what changes are needed and how they could be implemented. There is a lot to do and we will continue our dialogue."
A22 proposed a 20-club Super League proposal in 2021 that included 12 founding members and three unnamed clubs but the proposal failed to materialise after protests against it. However, the promoters of the ESL won their appeal in a Madrid court last month that protects the Super League clubs from being punished by UEFA or FIFA.