The European Club Association (ECA) is the sole, independent body directly representing football clubs at European level. It replaces the G14 Group and the European Club Forum, both dissolved at the beginning of 2008.
ECA was fully recognized by UEFA and FIFA in a formal memorandum of understanding, which was signed in January 2008 (picture).
ECA represents 144 clubs, drawn from every one of the 53 National Associations within UEFA, right across Europe, and is steered by a fifteen-member Executive Board.
The formation of ECA brings stability to the football family in Europe, clearing the way for all partners - leagues, regulators, players and clubs - to work together in building the future of football in Europe.
ECA - making the difference to clubs and players
Through the European Club Association, members enjoy powerful representation and real benefits:
Agreement by UEFA and FIFA to share financial benefits from UEFA European Championships and World Cup Tournaments. Over 180 clubs across Europe shared benefits from EURO 2008.
Strong ECA representation on the high-level, 16-strong Professional Football Strategy Council.
Direct access to UEFA Executive Committee.
Strong voice in the co-management of European club competitions.
Information, expert guidance and support provided on complex issues such as players' transfers or player release.
The objectives of ECA are:
To safeguard and promote the interests of European club football, in particular, and club football in general.
To be recognized by UEFA as the sole body representing the interests of clubs at European level.
To represent the interests of the clubs as employers in Europe including in the social dialogue process and to act as a social partner where appropriate.
To contribute to the healthy development of European club competitions organised by UEFA, by taking part in the relevant decision making process.
To provide input as regards the international match calendar.
To contribute to the good governance of European football, in particular by participating in the appropriate bodies established within UEFA.
To foster the exchange of information and expertise between UEFA and the clubs.
To support and uphold the sporting values and principles on which European football is based.
Generally to ensure cooperation between the clubs and UEFA in matters related to European club football.
For the attainment of the above objectives, to maintain contacts, cooperation and negotiations with any football related organisations, or with any relevant public and private institutions, including in particular with the relevant social partners, as well as with non member football clubs.
To do all other things to further the objectives of the association or as may be deemed incidental or conducive to the attainment of such objectives or any of them.