The New Saints Chief Operating Officer Ian Williams recently attended a European Club Association (ECA) meeting of Member Clubs from the third subdivision at the Celtic Park in Glasgow.

“As the current Welsh Premier Champions, we see our position as a member of the ECA as an important part of the development of the game in Wales,” commented Williams.  We were invited, along with Vidar Halldórsson from FH Hafnarfjörður in Iceland, as representatives from the fourth subdivision and gathered positive information from the discussions that took place on a variety of subjects.”


Hosted by Celtic FC, the meeting was attended by 29 clubs representing no less than 13 National Associations. Clubs from Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Iceland, Israel, Norway, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden and Wales took up the opportunity to meet each other in order to discuss topics of common interest.

The main issues discussed included the Regional League concept, the UEFA Europa League access list and the solidarity payments concept. Also on the agenda were transfer, disciplinary and integrity matters together with an update on the EU Social Dialogue. Finally, the ECA Administration seized the opportunity to inform the participants about new organisational developments and gathered feedback on the organisation.

Commenting on the event, Celtic FC CEO and ECA Executive Board Member Peter Lawwell said: “It is a great honour to host 29 ECA Member Clubs from 13 National Associations here at the Celtic Park in Glasgow. Meetings like this are very useful as they allow us to share ideas and hear about issues affecting other clubs. The ECA is a major football stakeholder representing our interests at the European level, and we are looking forward to increasingly working together in the future.”

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