Andrea Agnelli and Giuseppe Marotta represented Juventus at the 16th European Club Association General Assembly (ECA), held this year in Paris on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 February.
Attended by delegates from 143 member clubs and keynote speakers Marco Villiger (FIFA acting deputy Secretary General) and Gianni Infantino (UEFA General Secretary), the event afforded senior officials the opportunity to engage in an open debate on the future of the game, with football governance and UEFA club competitions the primary topics discussed.
The first theme saw ECA reiterate its demand to play an active and constructive role in FIFA’s decision-making process moving forward, offering key stakeholders meaningful and direct involvement when it comes to resolutions affecting the professional game.
A FIFA Reform Committee idea to increase the number of teams participating in the World Cup from 32 to 40 was then rebuffed by the ECA, who are calling on the governing bodies to show the same sense of responsibility as clubs when it comes to protecting players from physical overload.
The future of UEFA’s main club competitions, namely the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League, was also discussed in informal working groups, with developments and improvements in mind for both competitions.