When the idea of the breakaway European Super League was proposed earlier this year, it was met with widespread protests, which forced nine of the twelve teams, including the Premier League’s ‘big six’, to withdraw from the tournament.
However, Wirtschafts Woche now reveal there will now be a new proposal for a Super League with some important tweaks.
Under the new proposal, there will be no permanent members of the competition, with all 20 teams needing to qualify for the ESL.
Additionally, all countries over Europe will have the chance to qualify for the final tournament, with 20 teams organised into a first division, with a further 20 qualifying for a second tier.
The reboot of the competition is also set to put fans at its centre by subsidising travel to away games and having 70% of seats at finals reserved for supporters.
The report reveals that the changes are set to be announced after the conclusion of the ESL’s hearing at the European Court of Justice against UEFA.
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Fans might be much more receptive to this idea than they were to the initial Super League proposal but this would still be terrible for the domestic leagues in Europe.
While I do recognise the need to restructure football’s finances in the current era, I cannot get behind the idea of making dramatic changes to domestic leagues that have been going strong for over a century.
However, given the financial pressures faced by the top clubs around Europe and the growth of fan bases around the world, unfortunately, I think we are inevitable moving to a Super League-like system.