ECA continues to promote unity and growth during the ECA Club Meet-Up Initiative
With 330 member clubs ECA has followed a trend of continued growth over the past years demonstrating itself to be a strong representative body on the European football landscape. ECA's 330 Member Clubs in the 2022/23 season are drawn from 55 UEFA Member Associations. ECA's Membership Panel is composed of both ordinary members and associated members. Since 2022 a new category of ECA Network clubs have access to the numerous services that ECA provides to clubs.
Membership of ECA is granted per Membership Cycle which consists of four seasons. At the beginning of every ECA Membership Cycle all members, except for founding members, must play in the top division at domestic level.
ECA started its activities in 2008 with 137 member clubs and has since grown to 330 Members. The founding members of ECA were Manchester United FC (ENG), Chelsea FC (ENG), Real Madrid CF (ESP), FC Barcelona (ESP), Juventus (ITA), AC Milan (ITA), Olympique Lyonnais (FRA), FC Bayern München (GER), FC Porto (POR), AFC Ajax (NED), Rangers FC (SCO), RSC Anderlecht (BEL), Olympiacos FC (GRE), FC Kobenhavn (DEN), GNK Dinamo (CRO) and Birkirkara FC (MLT).
ECA clubs voted unanimously in March 2023 to increase our representation and reach:
The March 2023 reforms formalised and expanded the involvement of women's clubs:
The ECA Board represents ECA Member Clubs in making decisions:
In order to guarantee fair representation is achieved at all levels of ECA Membership and to define the number of clubs per National Association eligible to become ECA Ordinary Members, the ECA Membership Panel is divided into four "subdivisions".
Each subdivision comprises 26-30 ordinary member clubs in total, spread in accordance with the UEFA Country Ranking (i.e. subdivision 1 comprises 30 ordinary member clubs coming from National Associations ranked No. 1-6 in the official UEFA Country Ranking). Learn more about Subdivisions.