PFA Considers Legal Action Regarding Increase in Number of Matches

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) is considering options to take legal action regarding the growing number of matches in the football calendar.

The PFA believes that last week’s decision by the European Court of Justice, which seems to limit the governing bodies’ ability to enforce changes to the calendar, provides an opportunity for legal action.

They aim to prevent their members from being compelled to commit to matches in an increasingly congested schedule.

Although discussions are still in the early stages, the PFA is trying to establish the legal position regarding players’ obligations to make themselves available for specific competitions and how these obligations are protected and enforced under the current system. They are also evaluating whether these obligations are appropriate in light of player welfare concerns.

Next season, the Champions League and Europa League will be expanded to 36 teams in the group stage, where there will be eight matches instead of the current six.

Teams finishing between ninth and 24th in the expanded table must go through a two-legged playoff to reach the last 16.

Additionally, the campaign will be followed by a 32-team Club World Cup, for which Premier League duo Chelsea and Manchester City have already qualified.

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Most Premier League managers have expressed their opposition to the increasing number of matches, with Burnley coach Vincent Kompany stating in September that there should be a cap of 60 matches for each player.

Around the same time, Kompany’s former boss at Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, said that it is only when players take action themselves that football authorities will start to listen to their complaints.