What is ECA?

The European Club Association is the sole, independent body directly representing football clubs at European level. It is the authoritative, independent representative of European club football, the lifeblood of the European game. It replaced the G-14 Group and the European Club Forum following their dissolutions in 2008.

When was ECA created?

ECA was fully recognised by UEFA in a formal Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed on the 21st of January 2008.

What is the role of ECA?

ECA exists to protect and promote European club football. Its aim is to create a new, more democratic governance model that truly reflects the key role of the clubs. ECA will act to strengthen each of the clubs for the benefit of all and to ensure that club football is recognised by decision-makers as the most direct link to the fans and their communities.

ECA's role is based on four pillars:

  • 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.
What are ECA's objectives?

ECA's Objectives are the following:

  • to safeguard and promote the interests of European club football in particular, and club football in general;
  • to represent the interests of the clubs as employers and to act as a social partner where appropriate;
  • to contribute to the healthy development of European club competitions organised by UEFA, by taking part in the relevant decision-making process;
  • to contribute to the good governance of European football, in particular by participating in the appropriate bodies established within UEFA and FIFA;
  • to foster the exchange of information and expertise between clubs and other football stakeholders;
  • to support and uphold the sporting values and principles on which European football is based;
  • to maintain contacts, cooperation and negotiations with any football-related organisations, or with any relevant public and private institutions as well as with non-member clubs.
Is ECA involved in Women's Football?

Yes, ECA is involved in Women's Football through its Women's Football Committee, a platform to discuss issues related to European and international women's club football, whose aim is to allow ECA to directly negotiate strategic issues with the governing bodies. ECA Women's Football Committee (WFC) is composed of both ECA Member Clubs with a women's section and selected non-ECA clubs.

Where is the ECA Administration based?

The ECA Administration in based in Nyon, Switzerland. More information can be found in the 'ECA Administration' section.