UEFA has said it would consider Russia’s proposal to create a Unified Football League (UFL), if the national federations involved agree to the project.
UFL stakeholders staged their latest meeting on the proposal earlier this week with Gazprom chairman Alexey Miller stating his confidence that the UFL will launch next autumn with the full backing of UEFA. The UFL would comprise leading clubs from Russia and other post-Soviet states with its proponents claiming the new league would drive enhanced sponsorship and television revenues, allowing teams to better meet UEFA’s financial fair play rules.
“In general, provided all respective national bodies agree, UEFA would then look into the matter,” European football’s governing body said in a statement provided to the RIA Novosti news agency. “UEFA has not received any concrete proposals for a regional or supranational CIS league from the competent national associations.”
Both the Ukrainian Football Federation (UFF) and Russian Football Union (RFU) have previously voiced their opposition to the plan, while FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he is opposed to the idea of “supranational leagues”, adding the concept “goes against the principle of solidarity of FIFA.” The RFU on Tuesday softened its stance by stating it would “act in the interests of Russian football” on the proposal. UEFA is currently testing the water with regards the viability of transnational leagues through the development of a new women’s league featuring club teams from Belgium and the Netherlands. European football’s governing body has given its approval for a three-year trial of the 16-team BeNe League.