Clubs from the ECA Family are being invited to submit nominations for the ECA Awards 2024. First introduced in 2010, the awards have been a symbol of recognising excellence and innovation across the continent.

Now this is your chance to put your club’s initiatives in the spotlight and illustrate excellence in a variety of areas with impactful projects.

Access the guidelines and application form here.

For 2024 the categories have been redefined and with only one month to go before the deadline for submissions, now is your chance to showcase the outstanding work of your club during the past three seasons. This year, there will be five different awards:

  • ECA Football Award
  • ECA Club Management Award
  • ECA Sustainability Award
  • ECA Commercial Award
  • ECA Visiting Supporters Experience Award

Charlie Marshall, ECA CEO
, said: "The ECA Awards have proved extremely popular among our clubs over the years and have a clear aim of promoting and rewarding outstanding achievements by clubs which can then serve as inspiration for the entire ECA Membership and wider football community.

“We would like as many clubs as possible to enter and even if they don’t come out with one of the top prizes, it is still an opportunity for them to showcase excellence in a range of areas and provide inspiration to their colleagues all across Europe.”

The deadline for applications is 28 June. All entries will be then assessed by the ECA Awards Jury which will comprise ECA Workstream leads along with external experts from the industry and relevant fields.

The nominees will be unveiled in August, with the ECA Awards ceremony taking place at the ECA General Assembly on 8-10 October 2024 in Athens.

Taking the awards in turn:

ECA Football Award – Recognises exceptional contributions and achievements in women's, youth, or men's football.
The award celebrates clubs who prioritise the non-sporting aspects of football, recognising that the development, well-being, and education of players and coaches are integral to their long-term success both on and off the pitch.
Entries should highlight initiatives aimed at nurturing the development of players, along with efforts to promote player well-being and mental health support. Applicants should illustrate innovative approaches to player education and emphasise a culture of inclusivity, diversity, and equality.

ECA Club Management Award – Acknowledges outstanding efficiency, innovation, and excellence in club management.
Entries should highlight exemplary club management practices and display innovative approaches to leadership, governance, and administration. Clubs should also demonstrate strategic planning and implementation of initiatives/processes/tools aimed at improving club operations and performance.
Clubs can illustrate how effective club management has positively impacted various aspects of their operations club, including sporting achievements, fan engagement, and financial sustainability.

ECA Sustainability AwardCelebrates a strong commitment to environmental and social sustainability.
Clubs should present initiatives and sustainable practices within their operation and the local community, demonstrating tangible and positive outcomes. The emphasis should be on long-term engagement and sustainability.

ECA Commercial Award – Recognises excellence in commercial activities and innovative approaches to club development.
Nominees should demonstrate how initiatives have contributed to the overall growth and sustainability of the club and how the club's commercial endeavours have positively impacted its stakeholders, including fans, sponsors, and the broader community, with an emphasis on creativity, strategic thinking, and effective execution.

ECA Visiting Supporters Experience Award – Recognises clubs who have made a significant effort and investment to provide visiting supporters with a memorable matchday experience.
Applicants should also illustrate measures taken to ensure the safety, security, and well-being of visiting supporters including those with a wide range of disabilities. Clubs should demonstrate a strong effort to improve customer service in the visiting supporter section, i.e. availability of information, responsiveness to inquiries, enhancement of facilities.