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What the European Super League means for FIFA 22

The effect of the European Super League on the next FIFA

The soccer world was shocked earlier this month when a new league in the works was announced. The European Super League, to be founded by 12 of the world’s most famous teams, has caused quite a number of fans to worry about what this might mean for the next FIFA.

Now,  there’s a good reason some fans are asking how these developments affect the next installment of FIFA. This is given the fact that licensing issues in the past have caused quite a few rumbles for EA’s FIFA 21. Juventus, for example, still remains to be under a different team name in the game. This was a result of a deal made between Konami and the club before FIFA 21‘s release. Now, with the announcement of the European Super League, it is very possible that something similar will happen with all involved clubs.

The European Super League was announced with these 12 clubs named as founders. This made them at risk of having their partnership with FIFA terminated:

  • Barcelona
  • Real Madrid
  • Manchester United
  • Manchester City
  • Liverpool
  • Tottenham
  • Arsenal
  • Chelsea
  • Atletico Madrid
  • Inter Milan
  • AC Milan
  • Juventus

Thankfully, Chelsea and Manchester City have expressed their intent to withdraw from the league, that departure then followed by Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

European Super League a threat to the sport

The initial reaction to the news was borderline unanimous. Everyone involved with soccer, be it the fans or the players themselves, spoke out against the proposed league.

“If this European Super League advances, those dreams are over,” says Ander Herrera in an interview with Sky Sports. “I believe in an improved Champions League, not the rich stealing what the people created. which is the most beautiful sport on the planet.”

FIFA’s reception to the league was also negative. Despite its controversial past, the governing body of soccer was unified with the fans in what is seen as a threat to the sport itself. FIFA’s strong disapproval is already showing up with a threat to ban involved players from participating in the World Cup. That disapproval will find its way to a game bearing FIFA’s name.

That leaves the question then of what happens to the clubs that do decide to stick with the new European Super League. Without FIFA’s approval, there is a possibility that the licensing problems of the past might get even worse.