The European Super League format will have 10 teams in two groups. Each team will play midweek on a home-away basis. The top three teams from each group will advance to the knockout stages of the competition. There will be a playoff between the fourth and fifth-placed teams from each group. The winner of this playoff will complete the quarterfinal lineup. The quarterfinals and semi-finals will be played on a home-away basis. The Final will take place at a neutral venue in May. 15 clubs that are considered the founding members will be permanently present in the competition irrespective of their performance.

As of now, the European Super League has revealed that its fixtures will be played in a midweek format. The domestic competition will not be disturbed as these matches take place over the weekend. There is a worry that top clubs will not have the motivation to do well in the domestic leagues. This mainly causes no qualification is necessary. The Top three or Top four of every league qualify for the UEFA Champions League. A guaranteed spot in the European Super League will render league position useless.

The founding clubs would be guaranteed – in a manner yet to be defined – the certainty of taking part in the richest (and arguably most prestigious) competition, regardless of the results obtained on the field in their domestic leagues. This, then, would inevitably be opposed by the other clubs.

Gary Neville was highly critical of the formation of the European Super League. “I’m not against the modernization of football competition, but to bring forward proposals in the wake of Covid is an absolute scandal. United and the rest of the big six clubs that have signed up to it should be ashamed of themselves.” Neville said. “It’s been damned and rightly so. I’m a Man Utd fan and have been for 40 years. I’m disgusted with Manchester United and Liverpool most.”


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