The proposal of organising the supposedly most expensive and exclusive league including top teams only, European Super League, is bound to end abruptly as FIFA as well as their subordinate governing bodies from all region decide to be against it. They even prepare harsh suspension scheme, a global ban for any teams, players and managers who involve and join forces for this ‘closed and invitation only’ competition, including from World Cup. FIFA made it clear in their official statement.
“In light of recent media speculation about the creation of a closed European ‘Super League’ by some European clubs, Fifa and the six confederations (AFC, CAF, Concacaf, Conmebol, OFC and Uefa) once again would like to reiterate and strongly emphasise that such a competition would not be recognised by either Fifa or the respective confederation. Any club or player involved in such a competition would as a consequence not be allowed to participate in any competition organised by FIFA or their respective confederation.”
The competition which is believed to be offer initial ‘infrastructure grant’ as much as 89 million to 310 million poundsterling for each 15 founder clubs, as reported by The Times, can potentially threaten the existence of the current UEFA Champions League, as it would be scheduled to play in the midweek as well.
The idea of holding European Super League dates back in 1990s when the high profile European teams preferred a more competitive and profitable competition than the Champions League back then, which was only for the domestic league winners. UEFA eventually responded them by expanding the participants and the competition format starting from 1998/99 season. It was the time when the top major European Leagues, Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga, German Bundesliga and English Premier League began to gain their priviledge to have 3 to 4 teams qualify to the Champions League with 2 direct path plus two via play-off. However, it did not stop those who backed such exclusive tournament from giving up the concept.
There have been several attempts to propose it again in 2009 by the infamous Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, in 2016 and last year for the latest. Yet, UEFA once again handled it properly by providing direct berths for the top four of those European leagues above to UCL group stage and most recently, an automatic path to UCL group stage for Europa League winners in the previous season regardless their position on the table in the domestic league since 2017.