European Leagues presents its Leagues’ Competitions Overview ahead of season Kick-Off

League Football is back!

In the middle of a summer rich of sport events with Euro 2020 finally cheered by the public in the stadiums and the Olympic Games successfully delivered in Tokyo, the football arenas are ready to welcome back fans and players for an exciting new season of domestic club football.

We are glad to present to the whole football community this Leagues’ Competitions Overview, a document which contains – country by country- all key competition elements of our Member Leagues. During the past years, a few Leagues have presented innovations in their Competition Formats which we are happy to display in this report. Fans across Europe can now enjoy traditional league formats but also championships with new and creative competition systems with the introduction of play-off & play-out mechanisms which generate more compelling and interesting final parts of the season for their participating clubs, whether to win the title or to qualify for a European ticket but also to gain the permanence in the top division or its access. Other innovations are related to the introduction of new Kick-Off Times over the weekend to match the interests of a growing international audience and those of broadcasting and other commercial partners.

And of course, the report provides insights on the Calendar and Players’ Transfer Windows for the approaching season for both all our summer and winter leagues. The Calendar for the upcoming 2020/21 season appears rich of games but also quite congested as we are approaching 2022 – the year with the FIFA World Cup in November/December – with its unusual and highly debated schedule which will impact domestic league football calendars for more than a season.

To conclude, a big round of applause to our Members and their dedicated staff for their continuous effort in improving their organisational standards while implementing new operational protocols during this challenging Covid period, in particular when it comes to the envisaged return of fans in the venues. On this respect, please find also enclosed the current status regarding the Return of Fans across Europe, right ahead of the season kick-off in most countries.

We wish you all an exciting season!

The European Leagues TEAM



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