Pressure is on UEFA to change football calendar and Champions League format.
So, Soccerissue tries to help with a suggestion of a new Champions League based on the NFL format.
- It should be a closed league for 4 years.
- Teams will be chosen based on their number of fans, number of global fan base, UEFA rankings, history, local market size, stadium, facilities, ownership structure etc.
- 40 teams will be divided into 4 regional conferences, compromised by 10 teams each.
- Each team will play 9 games against conference rivals and 7 games against teams from other conferences (with similar ranking). 16 “regular season” games overall. There won’t be two games against the same opponent each season (home and away format) – Just one, home or away. The following season, in the correspondent fixture, a home team will play away. Same as in the NFL.
- 16 teams (the best 4 from each conference) will qualify for knock out stage, which will be played in a one game knock out system (no home and away).
Main advantages of this format
- Each team will have a minimum of 8 home games, unlike today (3).
- Each game will be a lot more interesting because of sporting and regional importance; every game counts for the current season and next year’s rankings.
- The one game knock out system will give smaller clubs a chance to surprise – but also will make them a lot more interesting for neutral observers (That’s where the money is).
- Revenues from media rights and sponsorship of such a league, will be shared between teams. Some of the revenues from match days will also be shared between 40 teams.
- Each team will have to register 25 players for the competition. 25 players that the sum of their contracts won’t pass a certain mark, i.e. 250M Euros. This means, teams will have to calculate very carefully which players will feature in the European tournament.
- Minimum wages budgets for teams’ 25 registered players will stand on 65m euros.
- The Super League will have to set up a pool of solidarity payments to football associations’ grass roots programs – 10% – 15% of revenues.
Super League B
- The Super League B will be a lot more regional than Super League A .
- There will be a Super League B, in which teams will compete for 4 years for a place in the Super League A.
- Every 4 years 8 new teams, that excelled in Super League B, will replace the worst 2 teams in each Super League A conference.
- Teams that will excel domestically for 4 years will get a place in Super League B, in place of the poorest throughout the 4 years.
Here is how the Super League A would look like (Suggestion)
Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Rangers, Celtic, FC Copenhagen, Ajax, Anderlecht
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Atlético Madrid, Porto, Benfica, Lyon, Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain, Lille
FC Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke, Werder Bremen, Hamburg, Milan, Inter, Juventus, Roma, FC Basel
Zenit St. Petersburg, CSKA Moscow, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dynamo Kiev, Dinamo Zagreb, Fenerbahce , Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Panathinaikos, Partizan Belgrade
An example for a Super League A schedule for a team
FC Barcelona will play Real Madrid (H), Valencia (A), Atlético Madrid (H), Porto (A), Benfica (H), Lyon (A), Marseille (H), Paris Saint-Germain (H), Lille (A), FC Bayern Munich (A), Inter, Milan (H), Manchester United (A), Arsenal (H), Chelsea (A) and Liverpool (H).
Here’s how Super League B will look like
Regions affiliated to Northern conference
Atlantic/ Benelux division (Teams from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Holland and Belgium)
Scandinavian division (Teams from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland)
Regions affiliated to Western conference
Iberian division: teams from Central/Southern Spain, Portugal
Pyrenees division: teams from Northern Spain, France
Regions affiliated to Central Conference
Danube division: teams from Romania, Hungary, Cezch Republic, and Slovakia
Alpines division: teams from Italy, Switzerland, Austria
Regions affiliated to Eastern conference
Balkan/Mediterranean division: teams from Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Israel, Cyprus
Eurasian division: teams from Baltic, Poland, Ukraine, and Russia