The three remaining clubs in the Super League, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus, finalized plans to reshape of their initial platform.
Although nine of its founding members abandoned their status and apologized for being part of the exclusive breakaway plan, the Super League isn’t dead. The teams that are still in, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Juventus, drafted a new set of rules assuring the model would work this time around.
Under their revised plan, the new Super League would consist of 40 clubs and would become an open competition without any permanent teams that would be granted automatic qualification every year. As such, the new Super League would have two leagues with 20 teams each. Clubs that are part of the competition would become “shareholders” for a season, based on the model used by the English Premier League and other European national leagues.
Relegation and promotion are possible. The Super League’s patrons claim they are in favor of tight cost control and accuse UEFA and its president, Aleksander Ceferin, of interfering in their dealings with clubs and stakeholders.
The Super League goes back to football’s core: The supporters
The new Super League also eyes fan commitment, promising to pay off fans’ travel expenses. Supporters all around Europe criticized the Super League idea back in April, with fans marching in the thousands in London, Liverpool, and Manchester against the coup.
The Super League creators vow to have half the tickets for the final of the competition in the lowest pricing category, sending a message to those who accused the rich of greediness and indifference toward the fans.
A firm decision was taken that all the allocations of Super League places will be made based on sporting merit. The revamped plans revealed by Spanish radio station Cadena SER came out on the day when the government in Madrid said it was completely against the formation of the Super League.
🚨 NOTICIA @ellarguero
🏆 La Superliga será una competición abierta a todos los clubes europeos, sin miembros permanentes ni plazas fijas
💥 @La_SER accede al documento que preparan los fundadores de la Superliga para modificar el modelo UEFA
— El Larguero (@ellarguero) October 19, 2021
The Super League members believe that the Champions League’s new model, which will see the competition expand from 32 to 36 clubs starting 2024 and also move to a different playing system, isn’t attractive enough and will only see fans lose interest in the games.