The FIFA World Football Federation and the six continental federations have made a strong threat. Clubs and players who may be joining the new Super League that some European top clubs have been talking about for years are not allowed to participate in competitions organised by FIFA and continental unions. Among other things, the global federation organizes the World Cup.
For years, European top clubs have been talking about the possibility of setting up a closed Super League. The clubs think they can make even more money. The plans are controversial. Many football fans do not like such a Super League, also because of the consequences for the national football leagues that would become less attractive.
FIFA and the federations of Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Oceania and North and Central America and the Caribbean make a clear statement. Participation in the Super League means exclusion for all other international competitions, including the World Cup.
“ In the light of recent media speculation about the creation of a closed European Super League by some European clubs, FIFA and the six confederations (AFC, CAF, Concacaf, Conmebol, OFC and UEFA) would like to stress once again that such a competition would not be recognised by FIFA or the representative confederation. As a result, any club or player involved in such competition may not participate in competitions organised by the FIFA or the Continental Federation” is stated in the statement signed by, among others, FIFA Chairman Gianni Infantino and UEFA boss Aleksander Ceferin.
The board of European Leagues, the association of several national competitions from Europe, including the Dutch Eredivisie, joins that statement.