Alternative to the Champions League

By @606AlfieConn

We are constantly being told by our board about their frustrations about the disparity in TV revenue between the so called bigger leagues and the smaller leagues and I believe that this could hopefully give the club access to greater TV revenues rather than forming an Atlantic league or moving toEngland.
 
At present there are 53 member countries in UEFA with 77 teams taking part in various stages in the CL with a further 158 being involved in the Europa Cup, however as you are aware only 32 clubs get access to the real revenue from the group stages of the CL.
My idea sits somewhere between what is already in place and the idea that has been floating about for a number of years of a European League.
This I believe would allow Celtic access to higher revenues and at the same time placate Michel Plantini’s ideas that more champions from lower ranked countries should be playing in the CL.
 
This idea has benefits for all, some being;
UEFA

  • Allows access to a greater number of champions from smaller leagues toEurope’s Premier Club competition.
  • Keep ownership of the main club competitions lessening the risk of a breakaway
  • Higher corporate sponsorship

 
CLUBS

  • Increase the number of home European ties played leading to an increase in revenue from ticket sales, catering, corporate hospitality etc
  • Greater revenues from TV money
  • Greater European exposure

TV Companies

  • Over 550 live games to be broadcast, 12 on a Tuesday and 12 on a Wednesday
  • Top quality product to sell to their viewers from August through until May
  • Greater advertising revenues

FANS

  • Higher quality games on a more frequent basis
  • 11 home European games
  • Chance to seeEurope’s greatest player regularly
  • European football until a least February

 
CELTIC

  • Increased revenue from ticket sales, catering, corporate hospitality, TV money, corporate sponsorship
  • More level playing field with clubs from the big 4 leagues
  • Greater global exposure
  • Players playing at a higher level

 
Format for new European Super League
 
The format of the main competition, which will involve 48 teams, split into four groups of twelve in the group stage, followed by the knockout phase.
 
The access list would comprise: 32 teams (31 teams + the titleholder) qualify directly for the group phase. The four national associations with the highest UEFA coefficient ranking will each have three teams who gain automatic entry to the group stage, with the countries ranked 5 to 8 in the standings having two automatic qualifiers and the associations ranked 9 to 19 having one.
 
As with the current format, there will be seeded qualifying rounds, to be played in home-and-away ties, to complete the 48 participants in the Champions League group stage.
64 teams would compete based on their coefficient with the 32 losers from the first qualifying round being eliminated from the competition, altogether and the losing 16 from the second qualifying round going into the Europa Cup group stages.
64 qualifiers would be made up of champions from countries ranked 20 -53, 4th placed teams from countries ranked 1-4, 3rd placed teams from counties ranked 5-8, 2nd  placed teams from countries ranked 9-30.
 
Four leagues of 12 would be made up by team’s coefficient.
 
 

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Each team will play 22 games, 11 home 11 away in league format with 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and zero points for a loss. Games would be played on a Tuesday & Wednesday night starting at the beginning of August with the last games being played the last week in February with breaks for International weeks and festivities. This allows 30 weeks to play the 22 games.
Top 4 teams from each league would then progress to the last 16, a seeded knockout phase played home and away through until the final in the final week in May.
 
Based on this year’s ranking the 32 teams automatically into the group stages would have been;
 
Barcelona                    ManchesterUnited        Chelsea                       Liverpool
Seville                          RealMadrid                  AC Milan                       InterMilan
Juventus                       Bayern Munich             Wolfsburg                    Stuttgart
Marseille                       CSKAMoscow              DynamoKiev              AZAlkmaar
AFC Unirea Urziceni       FC Porto                       Besiktas                       Olympiacos
Rangers                        Standard Liege              FCZurich                     Copenhagen
Levski Sofia                 SpartaPrague               Stabaek                       Bordeaux
Rubin Kazan                  Shakthar Donestsk        FC Twente                     AthleticoMadrid
 
 
They would have been joined by the 16 winners from;
 
Maccabi Haifa FC          NK DinamoZagreb        Wisla Kraków                FC BATE Borisov
FC Salzburg                 KalmarFF                     APOEL FC                    ŠK Slovan Bratislava
FK Ventspils                 NK Maribor                   FH Hafnarfjördur           FC InternationalTurku
FK Ekranas                   Bohemian FC                NK Zrinjski                    Debreceni
FC Sheriff                     FC WITGeorgiaFK MakedonijaSkopje  FK Bakı
FC LevdiaTallinn           KF Tirana                      FK Aktobe                    FC Pyunik
Rhyl FC                        Glentoran FC                 EB/Streymur                 F91 Dudelange
FK Mogren                    UE Sant Julià                Hibernians FC               SP Tre Fiori
Arsenal                        Valencia                        Fiorantina                      WerderBremen
Lyon                             DynamoMoscow          Vorskla Poltava            Ajax
SportingLisbon                        Sivasspor                     Panathinaikos FC          CELTIC
RSC Anderlecht             FC Sion                       OdenseBK                   PFC Litex Lovech
SK Slavia Praha            Vålerenga Fotball          FK Austria Wien            FK Vojvodina
Hapoel Tel-Aviv             APOP/Kinyras Peyias    IFK Göteborg                MFK Košice
KKS LechPoznań         HNK Hajduk Split          HJKHelsinki                 FK Sūduva
DerryCity FC
 
This would increase the number of teams competing in the CL from 77 to 96 each season but allowing 48 access to the more lucrative group stages.
 
The Europa Cup could stay as it is with 48 teams competing in 12 groups of 4 after qualifying rounds.
 
Teams competing in the group stages of the new ESL would have increased revenues from 11 home European games as well as TV revenues
 
The club could offer two types of season tickets; with ESL games or without as I believe that the fans would buy into the idea. Can you imagine the hype surrounding a ESL group of
 
CELTIC &
Barcelona
Bayern Munich
Lyon
Shaktar Donestk
CSKAMoscow
Juventus
Panathinaikos
Steaua Bucharest
Besiktas
Anderlecht
AustriaVienna
 
This would have worldwide audiences and I believe being played from August to May could be bigger than the English Premier League in both terms of audiences and money.

Comments

  1. Couple of points
    Is there any substance to this or is it pie in the sky?
    Would the big teams get more money out of this than they get from the CL in its current format? If not, forget it.
    I prefer the Atlantic league set up where the first half of the season teams play domestic games and the winners runners up etc move onto the Atlantic league for the second half. This is probably pie in the sky as well.

  2. Couple of points
    Is there any substance to this or is it pie in the sky?
    Would the big teams get more money out of this than they get from the CL in its current format? If not, forget it.
    I prefer the Atlantic league set up where the first half of the season teams play domestic games and the winners runners up etc move onto the Atlantic league for the second half. This is probably pie in the sky as well.

  3. Not a chance. Far too many games – the finalists would play at least 29 games in this tourney (plus more if they had to qualify). Top teams would end up with 75+ games a season. Even a team like Celtic would have about 70 – totally unworkable.
    Unless national leagues were greatly reduced in size, and/or national cup competitions were scrapped, it could not possibly happen.
    Back to the drawing board.

    1. Ideally like the G14 want each national league would have no more that 16 teams, meaning 30 domestic league games.
      If you were playing this way teams would certainly have larger squads but 2 games a week is not uncommon for top clubs.

  4. Not a chance. Far too many games – the finalists would play at least 29 games in this tourney (plus more if they had to qualify). Top teams would end up with 75+ games a season. Even a team like Celtic would have about 70 – totally unworkable.
    Unless national leagues were greatly reduced in size, and/or national cup competitions were scrapped, it could not possibly happen.
    Back to the drawing board.

    1. Ideally like the G14 want each national league would have no more that 16 teams, meaning 30 domestic league games.
      If you were playing this way teams would certainly have larger squads but 2 games a week is not uncommon for top clubs.

  5. Alfie,
    I have only been posting here for a wee while and of the threads that I have read and replied too, with one exception have been balanced and well thought out.
    Despite the thoughts of gerry and abraham I think you have a well thought out proposition. Sure it isn’t perfect, but much food for thought.
    My own view is that both us and rangers will get a lot further if we work together. The key to major change is getting Platini on board, the CL is as you stated weighted too much in favour of the bigger clubs, (an argument we hear about the SPL is it not)
    You have put serious thought into your proposal, I agree that there needs to be change re European competitions Abraham if his math is correct there are too many games,
    How about just one European competition,? could you make that work? that way the tv companies would pay bigger cash money which would or could be spread around more clubs…….Just a thought

  6. Alfie,
    I have only been posting here for a wee while and of the threads that I have read and replied too, with one exception have been balanced and well thought out.
    Despite the thoughts of gerry and abraham I think you have a well thought out proposition. Sure it isn’t perfect, but much food for thought.
    My own view is that both us and rangers will get a lot further if we work together. The key to major change is getting Platini on board, the CL is as you stated weighted too much in favour of the bigger clubs, (an argument we hear about the SPL is it not)
    You have put serious thought into your proposal, I agree that there needs to be change re European competitions Abraham if his math is correct there are too many games,
    How about just one European competition,? could you make that work? that way the tv companies would pay bigger cash money which would or could be spread around more clubs…….Just a thought

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