“Just throwing this out there,” says James Clay. “Uefa already have processes for associations/teams to apply to organise other competitions (mentioned already by footy governance experts – here’s a list of club and national competitions. How about this example, the Baltic League, previously played between clubs from three nations.
Surely, just like a summer tournament, anyone can organise a competition, provided it fulfils certain criteria and gets the nod. The actual friction with the ECL and ESL is the timing of matches and number of matches in different competitions. So, there are precedents for other international competitions (think also pre-season tournaments). Pretty hard to see how the ESL can be stopped. It’s just a matter of when the matches happen.”
I’d say there are two ways it cane be stopped: with government legislation, or with players and managers refusing to take part. I agree with what you say about timing though, and perhaps this’ll be the compromise: a summer club world cup to take place in even-numbered years. In theory this would be incredible for those who follow a team involved, but the problem would be how much money it’d make, thereby distorting competition and allowing them to waste even more before pleading poverty once more.