ECA Newsletter No. 3 - 2015/16

NEWSLETTER

No. 3 - 2015/16

ECA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING The ECA Executive Board gathered in Florence on the 1st of December for its second meeting of the 2015-17 cycle.

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CONGRATULATIONS! All domestic championships based on the summer calendar have come to an end and crowned their champions for the 2015 season. ECA would like to warmly congratulate all clubs - and especially its members - for this success and wishes them the best of luck for the qualifying rounds of next season’s UEFA Champions League!

FC BATE Borisov (BLR) Rosenborg BK (NOR) FH Hafnarfjörður (ISL) FK Žalgiris (LTU) FC Flora Tallinn (EST) B36 Tórshavn (FRO)

The Board notably discussed FIFA and UEFA Matters and an extensive report on meetings such as the ECA Working Groups and the EU Social Dialogue Plenary session was provided. Additionally, the Board agreed to participate and to financially contribute to a new initiative of the UEFA PFSC Working Group on Integrity, together with EPFL and FIFPro, for the fight against match-fixing. The Executive Board was also informed on the status-quo regarding the “90 minutes for hope” charity programme for refugees which raised a total amount of €1.3m to be donated to UNICEF and Save the Children. The next Executive Board meeting is scheduled to take place on the 21st of January in Nyon. ECA WORKING GROUPS GATHER FOR INAUGURAL MEETINGS Four of the five newly composed ECA Working Groups have met for the first time over the last few weeks and have set the agenda for the 2015-17 membership cycle. Competitions The Competitions Working Group gathered in Munich on the 16th November for its inaugural meeting of the new cycle. Chaired by ECA First Vice-Chairman Umberto Gandini, the discussions mainly centred on the format of the UEFA Club Competitions for the 2018-21 competitions cycle. Some innovative ideas were brought to the table, with the main concerns being the current format of the qualification phase for both the UCL and the

Congratulations also to FC Barcelona for winning the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup staged in Japan, thus adding yet another trophy to their collection!

JUVENTUS & UNESCO PRESENT REPORT ON RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION On the 27th of November, Juventus and UNESCO have unveiled the first ever report on racism and discrimination in international football. Entitled “Colour? What Colour?”, this pioneering 84-page dossier highlights the negative impacts that social prejudice can have on the game and offers tangible solutions for its eradication. The full report can be downloaded by clicking here.

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ECA GENERAL ASSEMBLY The 16th ECA General Assembly will take place on the 8th and 9th of February 2016 at the Hotel InterContinental Le Grand in Paris, France. The official invitation has already been sent to all of you on the 8th of December, and the deadline for registration is on the 25th of January. Additional details on the programme and the draft agenda will be forwarded to you by mid-January.

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