World Association of Professional Football Leagues
28. February 2022

WLF supports suspension of Russian football from international competitions

The World Leagues Forum, which represents professional leagues from all around the world, considers that, under the current circumstances, it is no longer possible for national teams or clubs to play on Russian soil or against Russian teams.

We understand this position is detrimental to Russian football, to its league, its clubs, its players, its fans and all of our Russian football friends who are not responsible for the current situation. But the actions of the Russian regime have made the suspension of the Russian national team and of Russian clubs in all international competitions a necessary step to take.

WLF statement

Media contact:
Jerome Perlemuter, General Secretary, World Leagues Forum
contact@worldleaguesforum.com
Website: www.WorldLeaguesForum.com


Note to editor:
The WLF is the world association of professional football leagues. Its member leagues are listed below. Its purpose is to improve governance structures in world football, address the issues of professional football and foster cooperation between its members.

Asia:
AUSTRALIAN PROFESSIONAL LAGUES (Australia), INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE (India), J.LEAGUE (Japan), MALAYSIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (Malaysia), QATAR STARS LEAGUE (Qatar), SAUDI PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE (Saudi Arabia), UAE PRO LEAGUE (United Arab Emirates).

Africa:
LIGUE DE FOOTBALL PROFESSIONNEL (Algeria), PRO LEAGUE (Madagascar), LIGUE NATIONALE DE FOOTBALL PROFESSIONNEL (Morocco), NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL
FOOTBALL LEAGUE (Nigeria), PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE (South Africa), ZIMBABWE PREMIER SOCCER LEAGUE (Zimbabwe).

North and Central America:
CANADIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (CANADA), UNAFUT COSTA RICA (Costa Rica), LIGA DOMINICANA DE FUTBOL (Dominican Republic), LIGA NACIONAL DE FÚTBOL PROFESIONAL HONDURAS (Honduras), LIGA MX (Mexico), LIGA PANAMENA DE FUTBOL (Panama), MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER (USA).

South American:
DIMAYOR (Colombia), LIGAPRO (Ecuador).

Europe:
PRO LEAGUE (Belgium), DIVISIONSFORENINGEN (Denmark), PREMIER LEAGUE (England), LIGUE DE FOOTBALL PROFESSIONNEL (France), DFL DEUTSCHE FUßBALL LIGA (Germany), SUPER LEAGUE GREECE (Greece), ISRAELI PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUES (Israel), SERIE A (Italy), FUTBOLA VIRSLIGA (Latvia), EREDIVISIE (Netherlands), EKSTRAKLASA (Poland), LIGA PORTUGAL (Portugal), LIGA PROFESIONISTA DE FOTBAL (Romania), RUSSIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (Russia), SCOTTISH PROFESSIONNAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (Scotland), SUPER LIGA SRBIJE (Serbia), LA LIGA (Spain), FORENINGEN SVENSK ELITFOTBOLL (Sweden), SWISS FOOTBALL LEAGUE (Switzerland), UKRAINIAN PREMIER LEAGUE (Ukraine), TURKISH CLUBS UNION (Turkey).