The European Super League plan also threatens to complicate the 12 clubs’ relationships with their respective domestic leagues.
England’s Premier League, the most watched of the world’s football leagues, condemned the Super League plan as a blow to the hopes of the millions of fans who support smaller clubs in England and around Europe.
Under current rules of relegation and promotion based on on-the-field performance, any club can hope to compete against the powerhouse teams at some point.
“Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream,” a Premier League statement said.
“It is clear that this would be damaging to English and European football at all levels and will attack the principles of open competition and sporting merit which are fundamental to competitive sport,” said a statement from England’s Football Association, which oversees one of the sport’s oldest and most-storied competitions, the FA Cup.