The European Super League’s plan also threatens to complicate the 12 clubs’ relationships with their respective national leagues.

The English Premier League, the most watched football league in the world, condemned the Super League scheme as a blow to the hopes of millions of fans who support smaller clubs in England and across Europe.

According to the current rules of relegation and promotion, which are based on performance on the field, any club can hope to compete against the powerhouse teams at some point.

The Premier League speaks out against the breakaway European Super League. Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

“Fans of a club in England and across Europe can currently dream of their team climbing to the top and playing against the best. We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy that dream, ”said a Premier League statement.

“It is clear that this would damage English and European football at all levels and will attack the principles of open competition and sporting merit, which are fundamental to competitive sport,” said a statement by the English Football Association, the one of the sports oversees the oldest and most famous competitions, the FA Cup.