The time frame of a year is what the Super League are giving before they believe they will have found the ideal framework for the competition’s inaugural edition.
Despite their callous approach thus far, the clubs involved want to seek a consensual start and reach an agreement with UEFA and FIFA, in order to give the project a sense of sporting credibility.
Authority within the tournament considers that starting as soon as August 2021 would mean greatly accelerating the plans, which could mean key decisions are rushed.
A letter sent to UEFA will lay out how they wish to convert their tournament in such a short space of time to make it applicable, which seems crazy when you remember how opposed UEFA are to this scheme.
The five invitational places are intended to have sporting merit, which is very gracious of the people involved, they consider this to be an essential part of the premise to ensure that the competition isn’t a closed league, although 15 of these teams will still be guaranteed involvement for a period of 20 years.
In order for there to be a connect between domestic success and qualification for one of these five golden slots, which you are honoured to receive an invite, an agreement will have to be reached with UEFA.
The Super League wants the left-behind winners of the UEFA tournaments to be part of the five clubs invited per year, but an agreement with UEFA would be necessary.
Rather cleverly, as is always the case with club owners, they have covered their backs in every way possible, and the fact is they haven’t actually yet breached any competition rules, so there is no legal basis for any punishments for players or clubs with regards to this season’s UEFA tournaments.