Here’s what’s going on in the soccer industry this morning…
- Major League Soccer said on Tuesday 12 ownership groups have submitted official applications to land one of four expansion openings that will see the North American league grow to 28 clubs.
- Temporary dismissals, also known as sin-bins, for yellow card offences at lower levels of the game could be given the go-ahead at an annual meeting of soccer’s rule makers next month.
- Heineken NV has renewed its sponsorship of European soccer’s Champions League through 2021, extending a 20-year association and the company’s biggest sports marketing commitment.
- For the first time ever in a transfer window, clubs in the Premier League recorded net transfer receipts of £40m, as £215m was spent in the January 2017 transfer window.
- The FA are investing £1.5m into the Grow the Game scheme – a programme that increases participation at the lowest levels of the game.
- The January transfer window is now closed, with £651,638,639 spent in Europe’s top five leagues – review every transfer here.
- English soccer club Aston Villa have signed a multi-year partnership with e-commerce giant Fanatics.
- Online gambling portal StarCasinò has become the official gaming partner of Italian soccer champions Juventus.
- Banking group Raiffeisen will remain as the main sponsor of the Swiss Football League for a further four years.