The ECA Board today met online for its last scheduled meeting of the current 2019/23 cycle ahead of the elective 30th ECA General Assembly in Berlin, Germany, from 5-7 September.

In his opening remarks Chair Nasser Al-Khelaïfi sent the Board’s best wishes to Edwin van der Sar for a speedy and full recovery, before referencing some of the many successes that the current Board has overseen during this cycle, many in partnership with ECA’s principal stakeholder UEFA.

Highlights include the new UEFA Club Competitions (UCC) format and the ongoing sales process being undertaken by the new Joint Venture, an increase in the distribution of solidarity payments to small and medium clubs in subdivisions two, three and four, the introduction of the new UEFA Financial Sustainability Regulations, and the assistance given to clubs through the COVID-19 period.

ECA’s internal governance reform programme, which sees the Association opening up to more and more clubs across Europe, was highlighted as a major focus for the years ahead.

In the main business, the Board approved the process for electing a new Board for the 2023/27 cycle, which will take place at the General Assembly on 7 September.  The election of the Chair and Vice Chairs of the Association will take place at a Constitutive Board meeting immediately following the closure of the Assembly.

In other business the Board approved the launch of a strategic review for the 2023/27 cycle and approved the 2022/23 financial accounts and next year’s budget for submission to the General Assembly for final approval.

The 30th ECA General Assembly is shaping up to be the biggest-ever in ECA’s history with clubs who are part of the ever-growing ECA Network joining ECA Ordinary and Associated Members in person, Women’s clubs becoming full ECA Members for the first time, and a host of top speakers and former players also set to attend in Berlin.