Explaining the Super League, the New Champions League Format & All The Implications

This is easily the craziest day I’ve football I’ve experienced in my lifetime. As everyone should already know, the new European Super League has been announced, as well as the new format changes to the Champions League, in this article I’m going to explain what this all means for the state of football.


Below is what the ESL will involve:

A 20-team annual competition, including 15 ‘top clubs‘ as ‘permanent members‘. The other five clubs would vary each season.

So yes there is qualification for the ESL, but only for 5 teams, that’s been a critical talking point.

The 15 founding members would each get a share of €3.5Bn in ‘initial infrastructure grants‘, with the money split among four tiers of clubs, with the top six each getting €350M.

I would presume the top 6 here are United, Liverpool, Barca, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Arsenal?

The competition would begin with two groups of 10 teams, with the top four from each group advancing to a quarter-final stage. This would then guarantee each team 18 annual European Super League matches, compared to a minimum of ten in the planned new format of the Champions League group stage.

More matches = More money

Seems like a Playoff style similar to US sports is being adopted

Each of the group and knock-out games would be played in midweek except for the final.

So no, the ESL isn’t brought in to replace domestic leagues, rather to replace the Champions League

The ESL will generate €4Bn annually from broadcasters, with the 15 founding clubs taking the greatest slice of broadcasting revenue.

More money to the clubs rather than UEFA

Potential here to create a football based streaming platform too, or just move to Amazon Prime etc, either way it should be cheaper than paying for BT for Champions League.

Who’s behind it?

JP Morgan are funding it, meanwhile the leading clubs are Real Madrid, Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool.

John Henry, Joel Glazer, Stan Kroenke and Andrea Agnelli( Juventus chairman) are vice presidents, meanwhile Florentino Perez is the chairman.

The 12 teams involved as of now

  • Inter Milan
  • AC Milan
  • Juventus
  • FC Barcelona
  • Real Madrid
  • Atlético Madrid
  • Manchester United
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester City
  • Arsenal
  • Chelsea
  • Tottenham

Clubs that have currently rejected :

  • Bayern Munich
  • PSG
  • Borussia Dortmund
  • RB Leipzig
  • Porto
There are 3 more clubs expected to join the 12 ‘founding clubs’ so don’t be surprised to see either of the above teams involved.

What it means for the Premier League

They will be banning the 6 clubs from competing in the Premier League, Spain and Italy will be doing the same. So it is the domestic leagues who will be removing the clubs rather than the clubs looking to leave their domestic leagues. I think this needed clarification.

The new Champions League format

  • It’s set to start in 2024.
  • Teams compete in one 36 team league.
  • It guarantees teams at least 4 more CL games for each team
  • It takes the game total from 125 to 225.

This means it would disrupt domestic cups, i.e. FA Cup & Carabao cup, due to all the additional games.

  • The top 8 teams qualify for the last 16 stage, 9th to 24th compete in playoffs for the remaining 8 spots.
  • It would mean the Champions League stretches into January.
  • 2 of the additional 4 spots will be given to teams based on historic European performances.

Not quite sure exactly who would get a spot here, maybe the likes of a Chelsea/Liverpool if they were to come outside the top 4 this year.


It’s no coincidence that this story came out a day before the new CL format was announced, the big clubs aren’t happy with UEFA and this is their response, it’s a power play against them. I personally think there will be a compromise here and the league won’t be created. I think it’ll blow over rather quick, but who knows, money rules everything, maybe it will happen and football will change forever!

Thanks for reading!

Stay tuned on our page as we’ll be releasing a podcast on this whole topic and what the ESL could mean for the future of football.

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