Who are the ECA Members?

The ECA Members are football clubs drawn from 54 UEFA Members Associations. The full list of ECA Members can be found in the 'ECA Membership' section.

What is the difference between Ordinary and Associated Members?

Both Ordinary and Associated Members participate in ECA's main meetings and activities (ie Working Groups, Subdivision Meetings). The main difference is that only Ordinary Members have a voting right in the ECA General Assembly, while Associated Members hold an observer status. Furthermore, only club representatives from ECA Ordinary Member Clubs can stand for ECA Executive Board Elections.

How can a club become an ECA Ordinary Member?

The identity of clubs eligible for ECA Ordinary Membership is established according to the individual UEFA club coefficient ranking. ECA Ordinary Membership is also offered to clubs in recognition of sporting merit if a given club has won at least five UEFA club competition trophies (ie UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, UEFA Europa League or UEFA Cup Winners Cup). This entitlement applies even if the club in question does not qualify as an ordinary member on the basis of individual ranking.

How many Members does ECA have?

Currently, ECA counts a total of 230 Member Clubs, 109 of them are Ordinary Members and 121 have the status of Associated Members.

How many clubs from a single UEFA member association can be ECA Ordinary Members?

At the beginning of every ECA Cycle, the precise number of clubs from each member association is established on the UEFA ranking position of its member association at that time. For the current ECA Membership Cycle (2017-19), the nomination of Ordinary Members was based on the UEFA Country Ranking 2017.

  • Associations ranked 1-3 > 5 Ordinary Member Clubs
  • Associations ranked 4-6 > 4 Ordinary Member Clubs
  • Associations ranked 7-15 > 3 Ordinary Member Clubs
  • Associations ranked 16-28 > 2 Ordinary Member Clubs
  • Associations ranked 29-54 > 1 Ordinary Member Clubs
How can a club become an ECA Associated Member?

In accordance with ECA Statutes, ECA offers associated membership to…

  • … founding members and clubs that were ordinary member during a previous cycle
  • … clubs that won the UEFA Champions League (or former European Club Champions Cup) since its first season in 1955/56
  • … clubs that are qualified for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League in a given season
  • … clubs that participated in UCL/UEL at least three times during the past five seasons
How long does the ECA Membership last for?

ECA Membership is granted per cycle of two years, and is renewable at the end of every cycle, provided that the club still plays in the first division of its domestic league.

What are the benefits of being ECA Members?

To all its Members, ECA offers access to best practices, knowledge exchange and network opportunities. ECA is the only association directly representing the voices, rights and interests of clubs at the highest levels.

Can ECA Membership be terminated before the end of a cycle?

Yes. A club can lose its Ordinary Membership at the end of a season if relegated to a lower division. However, the club may apply for membership as an Associated Member.