On Tuesday 28 October, representatives of ECA Member Clubs from the third subdivision gathered at the Celtic Park in Glasgow for a Subdivision Meeting.
Hosted by Celtic FC, the meeting saw the participation of 29 clubs representing no less than 13 National Associations. Clubs from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden and Wales took up the opportunity to meet each other in order to discuss topics of common interest.
In the presence of two ECA Executive Board Members - Peter Lawwell (Celtic FC) and Jakub Otava (AC Sparta Praha) - the meeting was an occasion to discuss several issues, such as the Regional League concept, the UEFA Europa League access list and the solidarity payments concept. Transfer, disciplinary and integrity matters were also on the meeting agenda, together with an update on the EU Social Dialogue. Finally, the ECA Administration seized the opportunity to inform the participants about new organisational developments, and gathered feedback on the organisation.
Commenting on the event, Celtic FC CEO and ECA Executive Board Member Peter Lawwell said:
"It is a great honour to host 29 ECA Member Clubs from 13 National Associations here at the Celtic Park in Glasgow. Meetings like this one are very useful as they allow us to share our ideas and listen to issues from other clubs. The ECA is a major football stakeholder representing our interests at the European level, and we are looking forward to increasingly working together in the future."
Feedback from this and other Subdivision meetings will be reported to the whole ECA Executive Board at the occasion of the next Board Meeting. The next Subdivision meeting will take place on 12-13 November in Saint Petersburg, Russia.