European Leagues General Assembly – Riga – Statement

The European Leagues gathered this week for their General Assembly which was co-hosted by the Virslīga in Riga, Latvia. The meeting was attended by all football stakeholders representing National Associations, players, clubs, and fans.

During the Assembly, the leagues discussed the recent development in UEFA Club Competitions for the upcoming 2024-27 cycle. Through the years, the European Leagues and its members have been firmly calling UEFA and the football stakeholders for the implementation of a fairer revenue distribution model. In this context, the leagues reiterated their support for the recent approval of UEFA revenue distribution model and higher solidarity payments to be distributed to non-participating clubs. The leagues are now looking forward to working together with UEFA and the ECA for the allocation of these funds to professional clubs across Europe.

The Assembly appointed Neil Doncaster (CEO of the Scottish Professional Football League), Lorin Parys (CEO of the Belgian Pro League) and Jan De Jong (CEO of the Dutch Eredivisie) to the European Leagues’ Board of Directors until the end of the current mandate (2021-25). The Assembly also endorsed the application of the Football Association of Wales and its respective leagues to become a Development Member of our Association. The European Leagues is now comprised of 40 Member Leagues which represent the interest of more than 1150 affiliated professional clubs.

Finally, at the meeting the administration provided an update about women’s football and business development and regarding the positive outcome of the European Social Dialogue in Romania, Czech Republic, Serbia, and Poland where the European Leagues and their members represent the interest of “employers” in any related labour negotiation at domestic level. The overall goal of the European Social Dialogue is to improve the implementation of the minimum requirements for standard professional contracts between players and clubs while improving the standard and procedures of national dispute resolution systems.

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