Rumors have surfaced that UEFA is secretly developing proposals for a new European Super League competition to replace the Champions League. According to Spanish outlet El Pais, preparations are already underway for a possible 2027 launch.
The reported structure would feature three tiers – a Super League, Europa League and Candidates League – with promotion and relegation between divisions, similar to domestic leagues. Weekend fixtures were also said to be part of the plan.
If approved, the tournament overhaul would remain dormant for at least four years before implementation. Nonetheless, the proposal would have disastrous implications for domestic leagues if it ever came to fruition.
UEFA denies working on new league
In response to the speculation, UEFA firmly rejected suggestions it is plotting a “revamped” Super League. An official statement categorically dismissed the rumors as “entirely baseless.”
“UEFA is not working on any such new project,” it read via the Manchester Evening News. “UEFA’s opposition towards any kind of a so-called Super League is well documented.”
The governing body reiterated its commitment to the upcoming Champions League format changes in 2024, which it claims will provide “more top European matches, a better competitive balance, and an open competition where every game counts.”
Original Super League triggered UCL revisions
UEFA and president Aleksander Ceferin aggressively opposed the proposed breakaway Super League in 2021, which quickly collapsed amid backlash.
The failed coup ultimately triggered revisions to the Champions League structure from 2024-25 onwards. A 36-team league phase will replace the traditional group stage, with each club playing at least eight matches before a final 16-team knockout round.
While UEFA currently denies having its own Super League ambitions, the lure of a closed franchise model remains strong for Europe’s elite clubs. This brewing battle for control of the continental game is far from over.