For those of you who are unfamiliar with the idea, a ‘European Super-League’ is a proposed alternative to the current UEFA Champions League. Instead of grouping top European teams into an elimination tournament, Europe’s finest would instead form a “super league” where top teams from each league would compete against each other on a weekly basis throughout the course of the season.

Mirroring the standard domestic league format, the team with the most points at the end of the season would win the league. The bottom three or perhaps four teams would be relegated.

While several other managers and numerous sports journalists have discussed the idea for the past several years, I’ve not yet seen anyone develop the framework for such a league. With this thought in mind, here’s my idea for how the European Super League would work.

Entirely replacing the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super League would initially feature the top three clubs from the English Premier League (EPL), the Bundesliga and Serie A and the top two teams from La Liga and Ligue 1. One club from each of Portugal, Holland, Belgium, Ukraine and Russia would combine for five more members, and an additional two vacancies would be awarded to two clubs from smaller leagues which advanced through a qualification process.

Altogether, the league would feature 20 member teams which would play every opponent twice (home and away) for a total of 38 games. In order to avoid forcing players to the point of physical exhaustion or requiring clubs to build a full-strength second team, clubs would not compete in their domestic leagues while playing in the UEFA Super League. However, all member clubs would continue competing in their domestic cup competitions.

At the end of the season, the club with the most points would be crowned the UEFA Champion and the bottom four teams would be relegated to their domestic leagues.

At the domestic leagues level, since top clubs could no longer qualify for the Champions League, they would instead qualify for the Europa League where the four semi-finalists would replace the four relegated sides in the following season’s UEFA Super League.

In order to ensure sides relegated from the Super League would have the opportunity to earn immediate promotion the following season, they would be awarded automatic Europa League qualification.

While many of you probably consider this suggestion utterly preposterous, I encourage you to at least consider the idea.

Firstly, the plan would shrink the huge talent gap between top teams and their typical opponents. So, instead of Manchester United facing Newcastle, Stoke and Sunderland in a random three-week period of the season, they could instead face the likes of Porto, Juventus and Ajax.

Sure, we might miss out on some exciting two-leg series, but I would much rather watch the Red Devils play an entire season of meaningful contests than wait until the Champions League quarter-finals for them to feature against a world-class opponent.

Opponents argue that while strengthening the competition at the highest levels, such an exclusive league would destroy domestic competition. Conversely, I suspect the UEFA Super League would have the exact opposite effect on competition.

For example, with English Premier League sides Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal likely to spend most seasons in the Super League, teams such as Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle and Everton would have a legitimate chance of actually winning the league.

With a top-three finish promising a place in the Europa League and an eventual shot at cracking into the Super League, the fans of mid-table teams throughout Europe could actually get excited about their club’s future prospects.

Furthermore, domestic cup competitions would become increasingly intense. With Super League teams not regularly facing domestic competition, they would be eager to prove their worth by winning a domestic championship.

Realising a unique opportunity to compete against the top clubs in the country, emergent league sides, perhaps vying to complete a domestic double, would be intensely motivated to shock their supposedly superior opponent.

 

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  • Destr0
    2 years ago

    And what’s to prevent, over time, all of the lower league teams being relegated out and the new super league becoming a rotation of the teams that missed out from the top three or four leagues?

    it seems that, over time, the bottom four won’t be replaced by teams from their own countries, but by the Europa league semifinalists, which could possibly mean that some countries won’t have a team in the tournament.

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  • Destr0
    2 years ago

    Finishing my thought, maybe this becomes a 24 team league, guaranteeing the 20 places mentioned before but adding Europa league semifinalists. Relegated teams, those placing 16-20, replaced by the champions from their own country’s domestic competition.

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    • Alex-Young
      2 years ago

      some of your thoughts are really interesting Destro. Thanks for chipping in!

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  • Jamie
    2 years ago

    So what you’re saying is that you deem it beneath you to play the likes of Blackburn….who beat you last year and ultimately helped decide you not winning the league. Wait til SAF retires and you’re left languishing as a mid table club and dreaming about top four finishes.

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  • Buut
    2 years ago

    If the ‘super league’ ever came into effect, I would be start start of the demise for football in every country.. Who wants to be the best of the rest?

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  • 'Arry
    2 years ago

    So let’s say in the first season the Europa League finalists are 2 English teams and 2 German teams. That means next season you have 5 English teams and 5 German teams, with, let’s say, the French and Spanish teams relegated.

    Or if you cap the English contingent at 3, how do you decide between the teams that finished top 3 in the PL and who got to the Europa semis?

    A European Super League is completely incompatible with continuing domestic football.

    We already have the Champions League. If you want higher quality football, trim down the Champions League so it only has Champions (league winner plus one cup winner from each country) instead of having handfuls from different countries and go straight to knockout instead of a group stage with Romanian teams getting thrashed for two months.

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  • JD
    2 years ago

    NO WAY EVERYTHING WOULD MOST CERTAINLY BE CONTROLED BY THE FOREIGN EUROPEAN BODIES HEADED BY THAT FRENCH MIDGET PLANTINI AND THE BRITISH WOULD BE THE FIRST TO HAND OVER COMPLETE CONTROL I WOULD RATHER HAVE IT STAY THE SAME IT HAS ALLWAYS STOOD THE TEST OF TIME THE IMAGRANT PLAYERS WOULD WITHOUT DOUBT BRING INTO FORCE MORE RUBBISH IDEAS LIKE COACHING HOW TO FALL OVER EASY AND SPITTING AND THEIR IDIOTCY TRYING TO MINIPULATE THE OFFICALS AS THEY DO WITH THE START OF THE WAGGING FINGER AND TALKING WITH THEIR HANDS NO WAY PEDRO.

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  • aziz zubaida
    2 years ago

    Instead of relegation and promotion, the format should be as the NFL in the U.S
    Group 5 teams by geogtaphical locations in a 4 leage format. This avoids long travel. The winners of each group will meet for a home and away game to determine who advances.
    The final will be equivalent to the present Champions League final.

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  • Blue2theCORE
    2 years ago

    Atrocious idea!Big teams not to play in their local leagues thats a TERRIBLE TERRIBLE idea..your whole set up is flawed.

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  • elp
    2 years ago

    i think my idea is better : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDl7yi-1Gvs

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  • Trev
    2 years ago

    As you clearly don’t have a memory or are to young, the Champions League was invented to STOP a European Super League.

    The top clubs wanted a closed shop with no relegation as a money spinner for them. UEFA came up with the Champions League and Europa League formats to appease the clubs and prevent a breakaway happening.

    Football is nothing more than a business and clubs want games against the top sides so they can fill the stadium, got hospitality and advertising revenue as well as TV money.

    Money totally dictates how the game is run, the actual football has nothing to do with it, that’s just a by-product of making money.

    If you have a European Super League it would take all the TV and advertising money, the sponsorship and national leagues would be reduced in value, indeed become pretty pointless.

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