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Our stakeholders



Our strong and close relationship with domestic football leagues across the continent, especially the European Leagues organisation, is essential for running competitions at all levels of the game's pyramid structure.

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UEFA has long partnered with domestic leagues to promote and uphold the principles of the European sports model, in particular, sporting merit. Together, we ensure that no club has guaranteed access to play in our competitions. Qualification is always based on performance in Europe's domestic leagues and cups.

By working together, particularly with the European Leagues, to set the highest standards of integrity, financial sustainability and competitive balance, our collaboration plays a vital role in making sure Europe's most popular sport continues to thrive. 

How we collaborate

The European Leagues, the official representative body of the continent's professional leagues with over 40 member leagues in 30 countries, elects one member to sit on the UEFA Executive Committee.

Both through our standing committees and working groups, we regularly consult with European Leagues’ members on topics that impact UEFA competitions and the wider game.

Where we work together

Our consultation with domestic leagues includes:

UEFA club competitions

  • Qualification, structure, coordination of match schedules

Best practice

  • Match officials, competition formats and good governance.

Financial distribution

  • Distribution of prize money to clubs playing in our competitions as well as solidarity payments to sides that do not participate

Regulatory frameworks

  • Player eligibility, transfers and financial sustainability

Sustainability and social responsibility

  • Football’s environmental impact and potential for driving positive social change