II EPFL Summit with Associate Members, First and Middle-tier Divisions

II EPFL Associate Member Leagues Summit

Meeting paves the way for closer cooperation among non-Premier Leagues 

Hosted by the Italian Lega Serie B in the wonderful city of Venice, the second edition of the EPFL – Associate Member Leagues Summit was a success. Chaired by the EPFL Chairman Frédéric Thiriez, the event counted with the active participation of EPFL Associate Members, as well those Member Leagues currently running second and other middle-tier divisions, such as the French Professional Ligue, Spanish Professional League, Liga Portugal, Austrian Bundesliga, Danish Divisionforeningen, Dutch Union of Club (FBO), Turkish Union of Clubs, Lega Pro or Swiss Football League.

During the two-days Summit, hosted in a collaborative and friendly atmosphere, the Leagues executives had the chance to discuss and brainstorm on a wide number of matters, including current and future challenges facing second, third and fourth divisions, existing and newly introduced competition format, youth development and the role of training clubs, introduction of B-Teams in lower divisions, as well as the current financial situation of non-premier league divisions across Europe.

EPFL Chairman Frédéric Thiriez chaired the II EPFL-Associate Member Leagues Summit
EPFL Chairman Frédéric Thiriez chaired the II EPFL-Associate Member Leagues Summit

At the end of the meeting the President of the hosting Lega Serie B Andrea Abodi stated: ” We are very satisfied to have opened a fruitful discussion with our European colleagues on some important and strategic issues currently on top of our agenda, such as the fresh introduction the of the salary cap in our regulations, the consolidation and creation of second division’s representative national teams, like our B Italia, among the several challenging topics discussed during these two productive working days in Venice. We look forward to collaborate with the EPFL and its Members and Associate Member Leagues to further develop synergies and common projects for the good of the game”

Lega Serie B CEO Paolo Bedin, Lega Serie B President Andrea Abodi and EPFL CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros
Lega Serie B CEO Paolo Bedin, Lega Serie B President Andrea Abodi and EPFL CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros

The EPFL Chairman Frédéric Thiriez stated: “The whole universe of EPFL Leagues are equally important to our Association. The second division Leagues play a fundamental role in the sustainability of professional football, being the competitions where most of our young players have the opportunity to develop and express their talents and skills. I praise initiatives of this kind aimed to share knowledge and best practices among leagues which have in common the same values and the same bond to the territory and the communities”.

On the same tone, the EPFL CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros explained: “With this initiative, we wanted to give the floor to our Associate Member Leagues. They play, indisputably, a vital role. It was therefore indispensable to address their specific problems and aspirations and promote new dynamics and positive synergies to jointly tackle the mounting challenges ahead. I am glad to conclude that our objectives were fully achieved”.

II EPFL Associate Member Leagues Summit Table

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