Williams attends 12th European Club Association (ECA) General Assembly in Barcelona


  1. The New Saints Chief Operating Officer and FAW Council member Ian Williams recently returned from two days in Barcelona at the ECA – European Club Association’s General Assembly in Barcelona.


  1. As part of the Youth Working Group, Williams also attended a meeting at the Barcelona training ground and listened to a presentation from Barcelona on their football philosophy and how they develop young players at the club and how they encourage the transition to first team football.


  1. The General Assembly discussed issues such as the current transfer system in Europe, financial fair play and club licensing.


  1. Interesting for all clubs in Wales, the consultation process has started with UEFA to review the current club distribution mechanism.


  1. The ECA Executive Board decided to enter the discussions with the aim to allow for a more balanced system with a focus on balancing sporting achievement and solidarity, the revenue distribution is an important aspect for all clubs and the ECA’s  discussions with UEFA, which will hopefully result in an increase for the 2015-18 cycle.