European clubs are anticipating another windfall after changes to the Champions League and say the new system will be fairer as well as making them richer.
The European Clubs Association (ECA) said it expected revenue from the Champions League and Europa League to jump from 2.35 billion euros ($2.62 billion) per season to around 3 billion euros from 2018-19, when the changes, announced by UEFA last month, come into force.
ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also ruled out talk of a breakaway Super League in the foreseeable future, saying the clubs wanted to remain united.
European soccer body UEFA has rearranged the slots in the lucrative Champions League group stage in favour of its four top-ranked leagues, guaranteeing them four places each. It also announced changes in the distribution of revenue among clubs, with more emphasis on their historic sporting results and less on the value of their television market.
The changes left UEFA open to criticism that they had acted in favour of the biggest clubs, thus only increasing the gap between the most powerful and the rest.
But Rummenigge said on Tuesday that the changes, which will apply to European competitions from 2018 to 2021, represented “a good compromise.”