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:

  • Andrea Agnelli | Juventus (ITA)
  • Ivan Gazidis | Arsenal FC (ENG)

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:

  • Nasser Al-Khelaifi | Paris St-Germain (FRA)
  • Ed Woodward | Manchester United FC (ENG)
  • Josep Maria Bartomeu | FC Barcelona (ESP)
  • 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:

  • Umberto Gandini (First Vice-Chairman) | AS Roma (ITA)
  • Peter Fossen | PSV Eindhoven (NED)
  • Josep Maria Bartomeu | FC Barcelona (ESP)
  • Michael Gerlinger | FC Bayern München (GER)
  • Bernhard Heusler | European Club Association
  • Peter Lawwell | Celtic FC (SCO)
  • Pedro López Jiménez | Real Madrid CF (ESP)
  • Aki Riihilahti | HJK Helsinki (FIN)
  • Nikola Prentic | FC Budućnost Podgorica (MNE)
  • Roger Vanden Stock | RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
  • Dariusz Mioduski | Legia Warszawa SA (POL)
  • Michael Verschueren | RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
  • Vadim Vasilyev | AS Monaco (FRA)
  • Steven Zhang | FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)

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:

  • Pedro López Jiménez | Real Madrid CF (ESP)
  • Dariusz Mioduski | Legia Warszawa SA (POL)
  • Michael Verschueren | RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
  • Ed Woodward | Manchester United FC (ENG)
  • Michele Centenaro | European Club Association

ECA's UCC SA Managing Directors:

  • Stefano Bertola | Juventus (ITA)
  • Michael Gerlinger | FC Bayern München (GER)
  • Raul Sanllehí | Arsenal FC (ENG)