European Leagues statement on competitions resume

European Leagues’ Members met today via videoconference and reiterate that good cooperation between stakeholders was essential to resume domestic and international club competitions.

European Leagues’ Association is proud of the outstanding efforts produced by its Member Leagues to resume their domestic competitions under these adverse circumstances and present to millions of passionate fans around the world a unique summer of professional club football.

During the recent months, the European Leagues have been working tirelessly with their respective governments and health authorities to adapt their calendar and develop medical and operational protocols. This to organise football matches in a safe and controlled environment while paving the way for professional sports organisations across Europe to continue and further develop their competitions during the current Covid-19 crisis.

The Leagues welcome the recent decisions taken by the UEFA Executive Committee which reflect the hard work jointly performed by the football stakeholders during the current emergency.

The revised calendar consensually agreed for the rescheduling of postponed matches is allowing to complete the current season for both domestic and European club competitions and to find agreement on match scheduling for next season for both club competitions as well as for National team football.

The Leagues support the temporary financial and regulatory measures which provide to clubs certain flexibility during this crisis while ensuring their economic commitments and financial obligations as foreseen by the current licensing regulations.

Furthermore, the Leagues underline the recommendation given by UEFA to all member associations to adopt a harmonised end date to the upcoming summer transfer window, with this date set as 5 October 2020. The European Leagues’ organisation already endorsed such harmonised end date during a members’ meeting held at the beginning of June.

The European Leagues believe that the sound cooperation shown by football stakeholders during the current emergency period represents a milestone on which to build the future of professional club football.

President Lars-Christer Olsson

Managing Director Jacco Swart


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