Sunday April 18 2021
Super League: what’s the format and when it starts

The Super League has been announced by 12 European clubs, including three Italians, and according to Sky Sport Italia, it could begin as early as August 2021.

The clubs that announced the Super League have left ECA and its President Andrea Agnelli resigned, becoming the Super League vice president along with Manchester United’s co-chairman Joel Glazer.

Real Madrid Chairman Florentino Perez has been named Super League President.

The clubs have released a joint statement announcing the tournament’s format, which is:

- 20 participating clubs with 15 Founding Clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.

- Midweek fixtures with all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match calendar which remains at the heart of the club game.

- An August start with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarter finals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged play-off for the remaining quarter-final positions.  A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.

The statements claim the tournament would start in August and Sky Sport Italia suggests some clubs are pushing to let the first-ever Super League season begin this coming August, after the Euros.

It must be noted that, differently from other Serie A clubs, Juventus announced:  “The Company cannot assure that the project will be eventually successfully launched or predict the exact timing of the project.”

A UEFA executive committee is scheduled for Monday. The Governing body of European football had warned clubs and players participating in the Super League would be banned from any other competition.