He has replaced Andrea Agnelli in the wake of the Juventus executive’s departure.
Agnelli stepped down from the ECA in response to the formation of the Super League, assuming the role of the new competition’s chairman.
Although the Super League is not set to go ahead, Al-Khelaifi has been named as Agnelli’s replacement.
This is after Juventus resisted an invite to join the new competition.
“I am honoured and humbled to have been appointed by my fellow ECA Executive Board Members as Chairman,” he said in a statement.
“The leadership, integrity and togetherness of our organisation has never been more required than at this pivotal moment in European football.”
“I will provide my unconditional commitment to the entire football community.”
“That means to all ECA Member Clubs from every European nation, and to the fans and communities they represent.”
“I, alongside all my fellow ECA Board Members and Clubs.”
“Am looking to reinforce ECA in its role as the legitimate and singular voice of Europe’s clubs.”
“Our game, adored by generations of supporters, will only prosper under unity, and it is our duty as the custodians of football to fulfil this obligation.”
With Al-Khelaifi at the helm, the organisation is calling for unity and for its members to continue to do what is best for the game, not their finances.