FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City among 12 clubs in new European Super League

AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have been announced as the founding clubs in the new European Super League.

No start date has been announced as of yet for the Super League, which has been condemned by UEFA, the European soccer governing body.

The Super League also announced that it is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season. Of those aforementioned 12 clubs, six are from the English Premier League, and three apiece from the Italian Serie A and Spanish La Liga.

According to the Super League, this is the anticipated competition format:

♦  20 participating clubs with 15 founding clubs and a qualifying mechanism for a further five teams to qualify annually based on achievements in the prior season.

♦  Midweek fixtures with all participating clubs continuing to compete in their respective national leagues, preserving the traditional domestic match calendar which remains at the heart of the club game.

♦  An August start with clubs participating in two groups of ten, playing home and away fixtures, with the top three in each group automatically qualifying for the quarterfinals. Teams finishing fourth and fifth will then compete in a two-legged playoff for the remaining quarterfinal positions. A two-leg knockout format will be used to reach the final at the end of May, which will be staged as a single fixture at a neutral venue.

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