DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Europe's top football clubs are enthusiastic about giving automatic Champions League places to the Europa League finalists.
The ECA is holding its biannual meeting in Qatar, and is using the visit to monitor preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
The ECA could one day be influential in a mooted debate about switching the 2022 World Cup from the searing Gulf heat of June-July to a cooler November-December slot, in the heart of the traditional European club season.
In the coming months, clubs will give feedback to UEFA on shaping club competitions for the 2015-18 commercial cycle.
UEFA wants to boost clubs' and broadcasters' interest in the Europa League, which is unpopular with some for a complicated format, too little prize money and Thursday match slots.
One option is fast-tracking entries to the lucrative group stage of the next season's Champions League, which attracts more than €1.3 billion ($1.76 billion) in revenue annually.
"European clubs are very happy with the current competitions and do not wish to see major changes to their structure," the statement said.
"It is important to get a first impression which is based on personal experience and not driven by third parties," Rummenigge said.
AP Sports Writer Graham Dunbar in Geneva contributed to this report.