ECA

ECA Membership

With a total of 230 Member Clubs, ECA has followed the trend of continued growth over the last years positioning itself as a strong representative body on the European football landscape. ECA's 230 Member Clubs in the 2017/18 season are drawn from 54 UEFA Members Associations. ECA's Membership Panel is composed of both Ordinary Members and Associated Members.

General Guidelines
ECA Membership is granted per ECA Membership Cycle (2 seasons). At the beginning of every ECA Membershipy Cycle, all Members, except for Founding Members, must play in top division at domestic level.

Subdivisions
In order to define the number of clubs per National Association eligible to become ECA Ordinary Member, the ECA Membership Panel is divided into four so-called "Subdivisions". Each Subdivision comprises 25-27 Ordinary Member Clubs in total, spread over a defined number of National Associations (ie Subdivision 1 comprises 28 Ordinary Member Clubs coming from National Association ranked No. 1-6 in the official UEFA Country Ranking).

Membership Development 
ECA started its activities in 2008 with 137 Member Clubs and has since grown to 230 Members. Every National Association is at least represented by one Ordinary Member Club.

 


  Season  


 Ordinary Members


Associated Members


 Total


2008/09


103


  34  


  137  


2009/10


103


31


144


2010/11


103


94


197


2011/12


103


98


201


2012/13


103


104


207


2013/14


105


  109  


  214  


2014/15


105


109


214


2015/16


 106


115


221


2016/17


 106


114


220


2016/17

  109* 121 230




* Since the 2017/18 season, ECA counts 109 Ordinary Members. Liverpool FC, AC Milan & FC Internazionale Milano are granted Ordinary Membership per Article 4.4 ECA Statutes for winning more than 5 UEFA Club Competition trophies.

Transition of Membership from Cycle to Cycle
At the end of each ECA Cycle, upon confirmation of the new ECA Membership Panel by the Executive Board, each club will be informed by the ECA Administration about their membership status during the next ECA Cycle.

The following rules will be taken into account:

  • The membership of Ordinary Members which are eligible to remain Ordinary Members in the next cycle shall, in principle, be extended automatically;
  • The membership of Associated Members which are eligible to become Ordinary Member in the next ECA Cycle shall be changed accordingly, and automatically;
  • Ordinary Members which are not eligible to Ordinary Membership in the next ECA Cycle, but which are eligible for Associated Membership, shall be offered Associated Membership automatically; and
  • The membership of Associated Members, which are eligible to remain Associated Members in the next ECA Cycle, shall, in principle, be extended automatically.