European Premier League: Everything you need to know about FIFA-backed project


Ligalive looks at the proposed start date of the European Premier League as well as the clubs involved, format, and impact that it would have on domestic European leagues and Champions League.

Former Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s comments that the Camp Nou outfit have agreed to join the European Premier League have sent the footballing world into frenzy and left fans wondering about the future of football in the continent.

Liverpool and Manchester United are the biggest backers of the FIFA-backed tournament, which would see the continent’s top sides face each other on a regular basis and earn their share from the $6billion pool set up by American bank JP Morgan.

Aside from the three powerhouses of European football mentioned above, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea have also been approached as the revolutionary proposal to shake up the European football takes shape.

But what impact would the European Premier League have on the English Premier League? And how it would impact the Champions League? Ligalive tries to answer these questions by laying out everything that we know so far…

European Premier League: Everything you need to know about FIFA-backed project
The Liverpool owner is reportedly one of the biggest backers of the European Premier League (Image Copyright: imago images / UPI Photo / MARKxTHOMAS)

Who is involved?

European Premier League: Everything you need to know about FIFA-backed project
The Glazers' family also supports the idea of European Premier League (Image Copyright: imago images / Philip Oldham / Sportimage)

Sky Sports reports that more than a dozen club from Europe’s top five leagues are in negotiations about becoming founding members of the European Premier League.

The contingent of Premier League clubs who have been approached with the idea include the traditional ‘Big Six’ – and it is believed that all but one of them could sign up for the plan that would change the future of football in the continent.

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid from Spain, Juventus from Italy, Paris Saint-Germain from France and Bayern Munich from Germany are also rumored to be among the clubs have been approached with proposals of the FIFA-backed project.

 

What is the format?

One of the most appealing aspects of the European Premier League has to be its format that would see the continent’s giants clash against each other on a more regular basis.

According to initial proposals, two distinct sessions would make up the format of the competition: a league and a knockout phase. The league won’t be much different from the Champions League as the clubs would play home and away during the midweek.

The sides who would finish the top in the league would then face off against each other in the knockout phase which will also determine the winners of the European Premier League. But it remains unclear how many of the 18 teams from the League would ‘quality’ for the knockout phase.

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How will it impact the Premier League?

European Premier League: Everything you need to know about FIFA-backed project
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Provided the abovementioned proposals are green-lighted by its founding members, European Premier League won’t pose much threat to the Premier League.

That’s mainly because all the games of the European Premier League would be scheduled for the mid-weeks, allowing sides from the English top-flight to fulfil their domestic responsibilities at the weekend.

It doesn’t mean, however, that the Premier League would remain unscathed. It is expected that its revenue pie could grow smaller as broadcasters and sponsors would inevitably flock towards a competition in which bigger names would be playing.

How will it impact the Champions League?

Since its introduction in 1992 as the elite European club football competition, the UEFA Champions League has seen its popularity go through the roof.

That is one of the reasons why UEFA are one of the strongest critics of the plan that would lead to the formation of the European Premier League – and not only because its games would occupy the same mid-week slots in which top European sides currently play in Champions League.

UEFA are currently in talks with its members to change the Champions League format from 2024, with reports claiming that the size of the competition would be increased to accommodate 36 teams. But all those plans would amount to nothing if the European Premier League comes into being.

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