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European Club Association members discuss key football topics

European Club Association

Members of the European Club Association (ECA) got together virtually to hear updates, exchange opinions and express views on a number of important topics relating to the future of professional football. This forms part of the Platform for Executive Consultation (PEC), organised by the ECA periodically.

First established in 2017, the PEC meetings aim to increase dialogue between the Executive Board and the wider membership, as a means to deepen engagement and input around decision-making.

This latest meeting comes as football continues to grapple with longstanding challenges that have been further highlighted and exacerbated by COVID-19, which require urgent and detailed consideration to ensure outcomes meeting not just short term needs, but provide solid foundations to secure the game’s sustainable future.

This is the responsibility all football stakeholders are faced with at this most critical time in the game’s history, where the ECA is focusing its full attention and resources.

ECA’s Executive Board values the feedback and input from the ECA’s membership as a means to help it shape ECA positions across key topics in an informed and inclusive manner.

Topics that were addressed included:

  • The future of the International Match Calendar post 2024
  • Evolution of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations
  • UEFA Club Competitions post 2024
  • Administration development and member services

The Executive Board will reflect on the exchanges and feedback received as it continues its work in developing ECA positions across all of these critical matters, which will form the basis of exchanges with FIFA and UEFA in reaching outcomes to secure football’s long-term stability, sustainability and success.

Football Tasmania welcomes further $3.5m Valley Road commitment

Football Tasmania has welcomed Tuesday’s announcement by the Liberal Party that it will commit $3.5 million towards the redevelopment of Valley Road if elected after May 21.

Announced by Member for Braddon, Gavin Pearce, the funding would allow Devonport Strikers to complete Stage One of its redevelopment of Valley Road, including increased seating, lighting and pitch upgrades, as well as refurbished clubroom and kitchen facilities.

The funding would be in addition to the State Government funding committed to Valley Road to give the venue the best chance of being selected to host 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup basecamps.

Football Tasmania CEO Matt Bulkeley thanked Pearce for supporting the growth of football in Devonport and the north west coast.

“As the home of one of the state’s most successful clubs in Devonport Strikers, Valley Road is an iconic Tasmanian football venue and the premier facility on the north-west coast,” Bulkeley told Football Tasmania.

“Football continues to go from strength-to-strength in the region, and these upgrades will help the venue keep pace, allowing for further growth of the game in Devonport and surrounds.

“Improved facilities will also put Valley Road in contention to host A-League men’s and women’s games, which would be a great and deserved addition to the north-west sporting calendar.

“On behalf of the Tasmanian football community I thank Mr Pearce for this commitment.

“Sporting upgrades such as this bring so much to the community and we encourage Labor to follow suit to ensure the growth of football continues on the north-west regardless of the election result.”

DAZN Canada secures exclusive rights to UEFA national team matches

Global sports streaming platform DAZN has announced a multi-year, exclusive rights deal for its Canadian arm to stream the UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and International friendlies for the next six years.

The deal will come into effect from June 1 this year and runs until 2028, streaming the following competitions:

  • UEFA Nations League 2022/23, 2024/25, and 2026/27 inc. UEFA Nations League Finals 2023, 2025 and 2027
  • European Qualifiers to UEFA EURO 2024 and UEFA EURO 2028
  • European Qualifiers to 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • International Friendlies
  • Finalissima Match in 2022 and 2024

DAZN Canada currently streams the English Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, Major League Soccer, and other sports including the United States’ Major Football League and various combat sports.

The deal includes a minimum of 57 national team matches between now and 2028 for top European nations including England, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and France.

“We’re excited to bring more soccer to DAZN subscribers in Canada via another package of premium UEFA competitions,” Norm Lem, SVP, DAZN Canada told dazn.com.

“Alongside both UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League as well as UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League, this multitude of UEFA National Team matches will give fans an even bigger library of live soccer to enjoy on DAZN in Canada.”

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