ECA is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA as the sole, independent body for football clubs at the European level with a membership base of over 650 professional clubs.

Since its inception in 2008, ECA has represented and created value for its membership and beyond, safeguarding, strengthening and developing European clubs’ interests as the key club stakeholder in all international football affairs and decision-making.


We strive constantly to put clubs at the Heart of Football. This means we are driven every day by the passionate belief that the fundamental role clubs play in the development, sustainability and success of football must be better co-ordinated, recognised and operationalised.

We act to strengthen each club for the benefit of all and to ensure that clubs are at the heart of decisions.

  • Representation: Direct representation of clubs to safeguard and promote their interests on European club football matters.
  • Participation: High level involvement in the decision-making process of football governing bodies.
  • Cooperation: Commitment to play a constructive role in European football, together with all stakeholders.
  • Service: To offer knowledge sharing, information and services to member clubs on European club football matters.


  • We are the only association that directly represents their voice, understands their issues and looks after their rights and interests at the highest levels
  • We offer them access to best practice and knowledge from over 650 European clubs


Download ECA 2023 Statutes here.
Download ECA 2023 Organisational regulations here.