As clubs are the cornerstone of European football due to their role in developing players and contribution to competitions, it is important for clubs to be fairly represented in the decision-making process at UEFA. Therefore, ECA representatives sit on committees and bodies related to club competition format and regulations, as well as commercial operations. The role of ECA in UEFA decision-making was further strengthened in April 2017 upon the inclusion of two club representatives in the UEFA Executive Committee as full members with voting rights. ECA representatives sit on the following bodies at UEFA:

UEFA Executive Committee

The UEFA Executive Committee is UEFA's supreme executive body. It comprises the UEFA President and 16 other members, including at least one female, as well as two members elected by ECA and one member elected by European Leagues.

ECA Representation:

  • Nasser Al-Khelaifi | Paris St-Germain (FRA)
  • Karl-Heinz Rummenigge | FC Bayern München (GER)

UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council

The UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council comprises elected representatives of the four main stakeholder groups involved in European professional football: the clubs (ECA), the leagues (European Leagues), the players (FIFPro Division Europe) and UEFA. The body discusses issues of strategic importance for professional football in Europe and advises the UEFA Executive Committee accordingly.

ECA Representation:

  • Edwin van der Sar | AFC Ajax (NED)
  • Peter Lawwell | Celtic FC (SCO)

UEFA Club Competitions Committee

The UEFA Club Competitions Committee discusses issues relating to UEFA's club competitions, such as the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. Amongst other things, the committee draws up recommendations regarding possible modifications to the existing competitions and to the regulations governing these competitions and proposes models for the distribution of club competition revenues. Subsequently, the committee submits advice, proposals and recommendations to the UEFA Executive Committee.

ECA Representation:

  • Fernando Carro | Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER)
  • Aurelio De Laurentiis | SSC Napoli (ITA)
  • Jacques-Henri Eyraud | Olympique de Marseille (FRA)
  • Alexander Medvedev | FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
  • Michael Verschueren | RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
  • Peter Fossen | PSV Eindhoven (NED)
  • Raphael Landthaler | SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
  • Dariusz Mioduski | Legia Warszawa SA (POL)
  • Niclas Carlnén | Malmö FF (SWE)
  • Aki Riihilahti | HJK Helsinki (FIN)
  • Kuno Tehva | Nõmme Kalju FC (EST)
  • Vidar Halldórsson | FH Hafnarfjörður (ISL)

UEFA Club Competitions SA

The UEFA Club Competition SA (UCC SA) is a subsidiary company of UEFA where half of the members of the Board are appointed by UEFA, and the other half by ECA. UCC SA's role is to advise and make recommendations to the UEFA Club Competitions Committee on strategic business matters/opportunities for its consideration before being referred up to the UEFA Executive Committee for approval.

ECA Representation on UCC SA Board of Administration:

  • Nasser Al Khelaïfi | Paris St-Germain (FRA)
  • Vinai Venkatesham | Arsenal FC (ENG)
  • Michael Verschueren | RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
  • Dariusz Mioduski | Legia Warszawa SA (POL)
  • Dan Friedkin | AS Roma (ITA)
  • Oliver Kahn | FC Bayern München (GER)
  • Charlie Marshall | ECA

ECA's UCC SA Managing Directors:

  • José Luis Andrade | ECA
  • Lasse Wolter | ECA

UEFA Player Status and Transfers, Agents Committee

  • Jesus Arroyo | Sevilla FC (ESP)