In accordance with ECA Statutes, the following clubs can apply to become Associated Members:
- ECA Founding Members
- Clubs in the top division of a UEFA Member Association which meet one of the following eligibility conditions:
- ECA Ordinary Member or Associated Member in the previous membership cycle
- UEFA Champions League or European Champion Clubs' Cup (since 1955/56) holder
- UEFA Champions League Group Stage participants
- UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup or UEFA Cup Winners' Cup holder
- UEFA Europa League or UEFA Champions League three-time qualifier during the previous five seasons
Assessment of Applications
Applications will only be dealt with at the last Executive Board meeting of the ECA Cycle. No applications will be considered during the ECA Cycle, except in the case of an Ordinary Member losing its Ordinary Membership during an ECA Cycle and which is applying to become an Associated Member. Membership applications will first be assessed by the ECA Statutory Affairs Panel. The ECA Executive Board will then decide on the proposals made by the Panel.
Rights of Associated Members
It is important to note that ECA Associated Members, unlike Ordinary Members, have no voting right at General Assembly meetings and can not stand for ECA Executive Board elections. Aside from the latter, ECA Associated Members have the same rights as Ordinary Members: they are invited to participate in all ECA Events and contribute to any working group, committee or expert panel.