The European Club Association announced significant new and improved agreements with UEFA and FIFA. The new agreement gives the ECA more of a say in the governance of both organizations.
The two organizations announced the formation of the FIFA Professional Football Department. It will consist of FIFA, ECA, and player representatives that will combine to make recommendations to the various FIFA committees. This agreement also guarantees the ECA will have to give their consent to any changes to the International Match Calendar or Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.
The money paid to clubs for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will nearly triple from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Every club that has a player participating in the tournament will receive a share of the $209 million to be distributed.
The ECA will receive two permanent positions on the UEFA Executive Committee. One of these is expected to be Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
The UEFA Club Competitions Committee, made up entirely of player representatives, will hold more power than ever before in UEFA. They will retain a "Referral Right" on key decisions and be kept in the loop on all financial and marketing matters.
Clubs will receive 8% of revenue from Euro 2020 broadcast, commercial, ticketing/hospitality revenue with a minimum amount set at €200 million. This is a €50 million increase over Euro 2016.
Revenue generated from the Champions League and Europa League will be distributed at a decreased multiplier, from 4.3 to 3.3, which means more money for the Europa League clubs. For the competition years 2015-2018, the Champions League clubs will split up approximately €1.25 billion while the Europa League clubs receive €381 million.
"The signing of the second agreement with UEFA in 2012 was an historic moment. It expressed the unity of the ECA and our desire to develop and improve club football, and it established us as a serious partner of UEFA. Our third Memorandum of Understanding is the beginning of a new era, a long-term cooperation with UEFA, similar to the one with FIFA.
With both governing bodies, we secured in open, fair, but not always easy discussions a stable international match calendar and increased club benefits for the release of players that participate in the EURO and World Cup. Furthermore, in the future ECA will not only be directly involved in the shaping of European football through its participation in the UEFA Executive Committee, but also benefit from higher funding. All clubs will benefit from a higher share of the increased Champions League and Europa League revenues for 2015-2018, in particular the Europa League participants.
I would like to thank the UEFA President Michel Platini for sharing our vision of European club football and facilitating this constructive cooperation. The ECA is still a very young organisation and these achievements are an extraordinary success, which will strengthen the solidarity among the clubs and our sense of responsibility for football."
- Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Chairman of the European Club Assocation
"I am very pleased that we have extended our partnership with the ECA until 2022. I have always believed that UEFA should work together with national associations and clubs in order to find the best ideas and solutions for European Football. I look forward to seeing our relationship continue to blossom in the future as we make sure that our collective interests are promoted and protected. I would also like to thank the ECA chairman, Kalle Rummenigge for his efforts throughout the many years of our cooperation. It has been a pleasure to work with him."
- Michel Platini, President of UEFA