World League Association Announced

Representatives of the Association of European Professional Football Leagues, Major League Soccer, the South African Premier League, the Thai Professional League, and the UAE League met in Manchester today to announce the formation of the World League Association.  MLS commissioner Don Garber will serve as one of eleven members of the organization's board of directors.  In a press statement, the World League Association outlined their main purposes:

  • to promote and develop Professional Football in all its dimensions on and off the pitch;
  • To foster cooperation and unity among the World Leagues, while promoting and safeguarding their common interests and aspirations;
  • To be the voice of the leagues in the World on all matters of common interest;
  • To foster dialogue, cooperation, friendly relations and unity between the leagues;
  • To promote professional football and safeguard the overall interests of the leagues at World level;
  • To facilitate the collection and exchange information and best practices between the leagues;
  • To foster friendly relations and cooperation between the Association and other sports bodies (FIFA, IOC, Confederations, FIFPro, etc.) and relevant sport-related political institutions;
  • To preserve the principles and positive values of football and to protect the integrity of the game at all times
  • To organise exhibitions, conferences, training courses and other collective events relating to the promotion of professional football and the commercial development of the Leagues

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