Former UEFA President Michel Platini and ECA Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge signing the new Memorandum of Understanding.
At the 14th ECA General Assembly in Stockholm, ECA and UEFA have announced the renewal of their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) until 31 May 2022. The renewed agreement is a testament to the strength of the strategic partnership ECA and UEFA have developed since 2008, with the new memorandum now including for example both the 2018-21 UEFA club competition cycle and UEFA EURO 2020. The agreement sets a new benchmark for the relationship between clubs and national associations, providing clubs a greater role in top-level governance and an increased share of funding.
ECA to join the UEFA Executive Committee
The UEFA Congress ratified the principle to allow stakeholder representation in the UEFA Executive Committee. As of June 2015, two ECA Club Representatives participate in the UEFA Executive Committee, as "co-opted" members. The presence of club representatives as full members with voting rights in the UEFA Executive Committee will be implemented at the next UEFA Congress in 2016, pending the necessary statutory changes. This is a major achievement for ECA and a strong statement of UEFA's commitment to modern and dynamic governance models. Most importantly, it is an unequivocal acknowledgement of clubs' importance to the European Game.
Increased role for UEFA Club Competitions Committee
The new MoU further increases the role of the UEFA Club Competitions Committee, wielding more meaningful influence on top-level decision-making. The UEFA Club Competitions Committee refers directly to the UEFA Executive Committee and will retain a "Referral Right" on a number of issues affecting clubs or club competitions. It will also be informed and consulted on marketing and financial matters and be composed exclusively of club representatives.
UEFA EURO 2020 Club Benefits
For the first time, at the 2020 tournament, the clubs' financial benefits from UEFA EURO will be calculated as a percentage of the total gross revenue. Clubs will receive 8% of income from broadcast, commercial and ticketing/hospitality, with the minimum set at ¤200m ? a ¤50m increase on the clubs' share of UEFA EURO 2016 revenues.
Club Competition Distribution Concept
ECA and UEFA have together developed a revolutionary distribution mechanism for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, aimed at sharing the competitions' revenue growth more evenly among European clubs. A record funding pot of ¤2.24bn - combining 32% higher UEFA club competition revenues with UEFA finals ticketing and hospitality income - will be divided with a new focus on solidarity. A greater proportion of funds than ever before will go to UEFA Europa League participants, to participants in the qualifying rounds and to clubs in medium/smaller championships. The concept means more funding for all, because the new percentage-based system ensures that every stakeholder will benefit proportionally from the competitions' continued growth. ECA is proud to have completed this virtuous circle for the good of the European game in collaboration with UEFA. The full details of the new distribution can be viewed here.
The renewed ECA-UEFA Memorandum of Understanding 2015 is available for download here.
To view all details of the ECA-UEFA Memorandum of Understanding 2012, click here.