European Leagues successfully convene Football Committee in Nyon to address Key Competition Matters

Last week, the European Leagues held the traditional Football Committee at its office in Nyon, Switzerland. The day was marked by intense debates, lively discussions, and insightful presentations. For the first time since the post-COVID era, Heads of Competitions from member leagues gathered in the capital of European football to deliberate on crucial competition matters and engage in discussions about recent developments in club football.

The upcoming UEFA Club competitions format, scheduled to start next season (2024-25), took center stage in discussions, along with its considerable impact on domestic competition calendars. Member leagues actively participated in fruitful discussions, exchanging perspectives on calendar-related matters and exploring constructive approaches to address the significant changes brought by the new format of European competitions.

Conversations also extended to potential harmonization of players’ transfer windows across the continent and updates on discussions with UEFA regarding the solidarity payments model for non-participating clubs.

The seminar also provided a platform for member leagues to present recent updates on domestic competition formats, using the new structure of the Belgian Pro League as an example.

Distinguished external speakers enriched the event by providing key updates on significant topics in European club Football. UEFA Head of Club Competitions & Calendar, Tobias Hedtstück, and Senior Competitions Manager, Tom Barlow, came to present European/International football calendar for the next cycle, and exchanged views with the league’s competition directors. Roberto Rosetti, Chief of UEFA Refereeing, offered a comprehensive overview of refereeing across Europe, discussing current challenges and the future of European refereeing. Lastly, CIES, represented by Dr. Raffaele Poli, presented insights into current trends in European youth football matters and talent promotion worldwide.

The intensive European Leagues Football Committee ended having successfully achieved its goals of informing member leagues about the main challenges for domestic competitions and fostering collaboration among them to address crucial upcoming matters.




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