European Leagues

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EUROPEAN LEAGUES - THE ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUES

European Leagues (ex EPFL) is an umbrella association governed by Swiss Law, founded in 2005 and based in Nyon, Switzerland. It traces its origins back to the founding in 1997 of the EUPPFL (Association of European Union Premier Professional Football Leagues). Originally composed by 12 members, nowadays it has 32 Members and Associate Members across Europe. The latest change of the name and brand was made in 2018.

Referring to the Football sphere, the European Leagues has official partnership with UEFA by means of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties in 1998 and revised in 2000 and 2005. A completely new Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2017. It provided one full-right place for European Leagues in UEFA ExCo, 4 places in UEFA Professional Football Strategy Council and one place at each standing UEFA Committee related to club competitions (Club Competitions Committee, etc).

Furthermore the European Leagues (ex EPFL) has been institutionally recognized by FIFA in 2005. During the same period the European Leagues also reinforced the relations with FIFPro that culminated with the launch of the European Social Dialogue in Professional Football Sector held on the 1 July 2008 in Paris, France.

European Leagues have close partnership with World League Forum.

On the institutional front, the European Leagues has reinforced its co-operation with the European Governmental Institutions and constructively collaborated with MEPs and Commission's officials in the definition and implementation of an EU policy-making in the area of sport to further promote the sound and stable development of Professional Football and jointly tackle issues of common concern where public policy is welcome and indeed needed.

EUROPEAN LEAGUES are:

  • the voice of professional football leagues across Europe;
  • enhancing and protecting competitive balance in professional league competitions for the good of the game, the players, the fans and the clubs;
  • sure that all their clubs, not just a few, must have the possibility to compete at the highest levels;
  • promotion of cooperation, friendship and unity between the Members and Associate Members;
  • participation in the UEFA committees (including UEFA Executive Committee and Professional Football Committee);
  • protection of common interests;
  • the collection and exchange of information between UEFA and the Members and Associate Members;
  • organization of exhibitions, seminars, conferences, training courses for development of professional football.

EUROPEAN LEAGUES stand for:

  • The implementation of Good Governance principles in football to preserve and enhance the reputation of our sport.
  • The essence of Sporting Merit and sporting ability as the deciding factor in winning or losing, where unpredictable outcomes are possible, where the excitement and passion for the fans likes in the possibility their side could triumph.
  • The principle of Solidarity, a financially sustainable environment with a more equitable sharing of financial resources as an essential tool to open up the elite competitions to a maximum number of associations and clubs which in turn boost the development of the game at grassroots and youth levels.

European Leagues are composed of a General Assembly of Members (legislative body), the Board of Directors (executive body), the EPFL Administration (administrative body) and the Committees (advisory bodies).

General Assembly brings together 32 European Members and Associate Members. It is the legislative body of the European Leagues, which determines the general policies of the Association and can give all powers and authority to the Board of Directors in that respect.

The General Assembly consists of a maximum of three named representatives from each Member and Associate Member.

The General Assembly meets at least two times a year.

President – Lars-Christer Olsson (Sweden)

General Secretary – Georg Pangl (Austria)

RFPL President Sergey Pryadkin since 2007 is a member of European Leagues Board of Directors – the supreme executive body of the association.

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