European Leagues’ main goal is to enhance and protect competitive balance in league competitions

Who We Are

The European Leagues – the Association of European Professional Football Leagues – is the voice of Professional Football Leagues across Europe on all matters of common interest. The European Leagues represent the vast majority of club football employers in the European social dialogue for the professional football sector.

The European Leagues, which is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 2005 and based in Nyon Switzerland, traces its origins back to the founding in 1997 of the EUPPFL (Association of European Union Premier Professional Football Leagues).

Originally founded by 14 members: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Sweden. The European Leagues now counts 32 professional football leagues and associations of clubs from 25 countries, representing more than 900 clubs from all over Europe.

European Leagues Vision

To be the leading representative of professional league football in Europe on all matters of common interest.

European Leagues Mission

Our mission is to enhance and protect the national competitions run by the domestic leagues, so they can help their member clubs perform at the highest sporting level in a sustainable and competitively balanced environment.

To do so the European Leagues works in cooperation with the football governing bodies (FIFA, UEFA and National Associations) and public authorities across Europe through an active dialogue, including other relevant stakeholders in football.


Board of Directors Meeting
Board of Directors Meeting

We believe that all our clubs must be able to compete at the highest levels both domestically and internationally, and we have the responsibility to keep their dream and ambition alive. For this reason, the European Leagues is working to protect and enhance the competitive balance as well as to ensure that the basic sporting principles of our beautiful game are always preserved.

Lars-Christer Olsson
European Leagues President