European Club Association


European Club Association

The European Club Association (ECA) is an organisation representing football clubs in Europe. Formed on the dissolution of the G-14 group in January 2008, it has 103 members, with at least one from each of the 53 national associations. The precise number of clubs from each member association will be established every two years at the end of the UEFA season on the basis of the UEFA ranking of its member associations according to the following principles. The three highest-ranking associations will have five clubs; the next three, four clubs; the associations ranked from 7th to 15th will each have three clubs; associations ranked from 16th to 26th will have two clubs; and those remaining associations will have one club. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is the acting chairman. [http://www.arabianbusiness.com/508799-uefa-hails-creation-of-european-club-association UEFA hails creation of European Club Association] ] [http://www.uefa.com/uefa/keytopics/kind=4096/newsid=648350.html Agreement heralds new era in football] ] Rummenigge is expected to be elected chairman of the ECA when its 103 members meet for the first time July 7-8 at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. [http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/06/24/sports/EU-SPT-SOC-European-Clubs.php European Club Association opposes restrictions on Premier League wealth] ]

In addition to replacing the G-14, which was dissolved in favour of the ECA on February 15, 2008 [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/7247791.stm G-14 football group is disbanded] ] , the new ECA also replaces UEFA's "European Club Forum" (of which Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was also chairman). [http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/federation/releases/newsid=672438.html FIFA.com - Victory for football as a whole] ] [http://www.g14.com/news/news.php?newsid=116 European Club Association: The New Voice of the Clubs] ] The European Club Forum currently has 102 members picked every two years on the same basis as will be used for selecting the members of the ECA. [http://www.uefa.com/uefa/aboutuefa/committespanels/panel=32.html uefa.com: European Club Forum] ]

Under a memorandum of understanding signed by UEFA, the ECA would be recognized as the sole body representing the interests of clubs at European level. As part of the memorandum of understanding UEFA also agreed to distribute every four years an amount from the European Championship to national associations for them to pass on to their clubs who have contributed to the successful staging of a European Championship. The target distribution amount for Euro 2008 is €43.5 million ($62.8 million), with the payments made on a 'per day per player' basis of approximately €4,000. As part of the planned moves, UEFA and FIFA will also enter into a series of commitments to the clubs, including financial contributions for player participation in European Championships and World Cups, subject to the approval of their respective bodies.

It was agreed that a transitional ECA Board would represent the ECA and its 16 founding members until the next general assembly meets at the end of the season, when elections for a new Executive Board will be held. The ECA Board will comprise eleven members, plus the four representatives appointed by the Executive Board to the UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council. The ECA will also provide half of the members of the UEFA Club Competitions Committee.

The transitional ECA Board is: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (chairman; FC Bayern München), Joan Laporta (vice-chairman; FC Barcelona), John F. McClelland (vice-chairman; Rangers FC), Umberto Gandini (vice-chairman; AC Milan), Peter Kenyon (Chelsea FC), Maarten Fontein (AZ) and Jean-Michel Aulas (Olympique Lyonnais).

At their first meeting, the ECA rejected FIFA's 6+5 rule in favour of UEFA's proposed quota system. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Joan Laporta were confirmed as chairman and vice-chairman respectively. [cite web |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2008/jul/08/3 |title=Europe's top clubs oppose Blatter's quota plans |publisher=The Guardian |accessdate=2008-07-08]

Founding members in 2008

Other members

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