The inaugural meeting of the new European Club Forum board takes place at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland, on Tuesday.
The board comprises representatives of eleven clubs, who themselves are representing the 102 major European clubs comprising the European Club Forum, which has been set up to improve dialogue and consultation between UEFA and Europe's clubs with the well-being of the European club game in mind.
UEFA's national associations' ranking list has been used as the basis for membership of the inaugural board. The eleven clubs in question are: Real Madrid CF (Spain), S.S. Lazio (Italy), Manchester United FC (England), FC Bayern München (Germany), Olympique Lyonnais (France), Galatasaray SK (Turkey), FC Porto (Portugal), FC Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine), Rangers FC (Scotland), NK Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) and PFC Litex Lovech (Bulgaria).
Terms of reference
Tuesday's meeting is set to formulate preliminary terms of reference for the club forum and its board. A chairman will also be elected, as well as members to serve on the UEFA Club Competitions Committee.
The club forum is expected to meet at least twice a year. It will discuss matters covering the entire spectrum of the European game, including competition formats, marketing and rights strategies. Developments and marketing opportunities within the field of new communications will also be topics of conversation.
UEFA Chief Executive Gerhard Aigner says that the new forum will play an important role in UEFA's future activities, as part of continuing moves by European football's governing body to involve the European football community in its overall work to promote the well-being of European professional football. "These are essential steps to strengthen the relationship between UEFA and the clubs of Europe," said Mr Aigner.
Monaco is scheduled to host the first meeting of the full forum at the end of August. The composition of the forum board may be revised in a year's time on the basis of an election carried out within the forum.
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