# UEFA coefficient

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In European football, the UEFA coefficients are statistics used for ranking and seeding teams in club and international competitions. The coefficients are calculated by UEFA, who administer football within Europe.

For men's competitions (discussed in this article), three different sets of coefficients are calculated:

While not discussed in this article, coefficients are calculated in a similar fashion for women's competitions such as the UEFA Women's Euro[1] and the UEFA Women's Champions League,[2][3] as well as for youth tournaments such as the UEFA Euro U-21 tournament.[4]

## National team coefficient

The UEFA national team coefficient is derived from the results of each European national football team, and only calculated by UEFA every second year in November; defined as being the point of time when all UEFA nations have completed the qualification stage of the upcoming World Cup or European Championship tournament.

The purpose of calculating the coefficients is to compile an official UEFA rank, to be used as seeding criteria for the European nations, when drawing up qualification groups and the final tournament groups of the European Championship. Previously, up until 2006, the UEFA national team coefficient was also used for the seeded draw of World Cup qualification groups in Europe, while the draw for final tournament groups of the World Cup was always seeded on the basis of the official FIFA World Rankings. The reason why UEFA stopped using UEFA national team coefficients for the seeding of World Cup qualification groups was a request from FIFA to only use the official FIFA ranking for all seeded draws related to the World Cup tournament.

### Old ranking and calculation method

It was first introduced in 2003 and used for seeding the 2004 European Final tournament and 2006 World Cup qualification. Until the end of the Euro 2008 tournament, the UEFA national team coefficient was calculated by dividing the number of all points scored (three points for a win, one for a draw) by the number of all matches played, in the last two qualification rounds of the World Cup or European Championship. Results from the final tournaments, Play-off matches and friendly games were all ignored. In those cases where a nation did not take part at one of the two latest qualifying rounds, due to being directly qualified as a host, only one qualifying round would be taken into account.

If two or more nations ended up with exactly the same coefficient, the following ranking criteria was applied:

1. Highest coefficient from the matches played in the most recent qualifying competition.
2. Biggest average goal difference per game, found by dividing the sum of all goal differences by the number of ranked matches.
3. Highest average number of goals scored per game.
4. Highest average number of away goals scored per game.
5. Drawing of lots.

The last three times UEFA used this calculation method was for the final UEFA coefficients in 2003, 2005 and 2007.[5]

### New ranking and calculation method

On 20 May 2008, UEFA announced changes to the coefficient ranking system.[6][7][8] The ranking will continue to be calculated every second year in November, but under the new system, teams now gain ranking points for each game played in the most recently completed full cycle (defined as all qualifying games and final tournament games) of both the World Cup and European Championship, with addition of ranking points for each game played at the latest completed half cycle (defined as all games played in the latest qualifying round). Ranking points for all games played inside those two and a half cycles, will be awarded according to the rules listed below.

1. 10,000 points are awarded for each match played, regardless of the match result.
2. Each team earns an additional 30,000 for winning and 10,000 for drawing.
3. In case of a game decided by penalty shoot out, the points are allocated as a draw, with the winner of the shoot-out gaining an additional 10,000 points.
4. Each match at the final tournament, or play-offs to determine qualification, are also granted some extra bonus points, ranging from 6,000 points for all play-offs or World Cup group stage games, to 38,000 points for playing a final.
5. 501 points are earned for each goal scored, and -500 are given for each goal conceded.
6. Coefficients are calculated for each two and a half cycle, by dividing the sum of earned points with the number of games played.
7. When calculating the overall average coefficient for the cycles, the latest full cycle and half cycle will each have double the weight, compared to the oldest full cycle.
8. Special arrangements are in place for those nations that did not participate in one of the previous qualifying tournaments due to hosting the competition.

#### Final ranking in 2009

The coefficients from November 2009, to be used for the seeding and pot placements in the draw for UEFA Euro 2012 qualification groups, were calculated for each country by averaging:

The new official UEFA coefficients were calculated for the first time in November 2009:[9]

#### Final ranking in 2011

The coefficients to be calculated for UEFA Euro 2012 final tournament were found by averaging:[10]

The seeding and pot placements of the qualified teams in the draw for Euro 2012 were based on UEFA coefficients, determined on 16 November 2011, which are as follows:[11]

#### Final ranking in 2013

The coefficients from 2013, to be used for the seeding and pot placements in the draw for UEFA Euro 2016 qualification groups, were calculated for each country by averaging:

The seeding and pot placements of the teams in the draw for UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying were based on UEFA coefficients, determined on 12 December 2013, which are as follows:[12]

## Country coefficient

Map of UEFA countries, teams from which have reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League
UEFA member country that has been represented in the group stage
UEFA member country that has not been represented in the group stage
Not a UEFA member

The country coefficient is used to rank the football associations of Europe, and thus determine the number of clubs from an association that will participate in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

The UEFA ranking determines the number of teams competing in the season after the next, not in the first season after the publication of the ranking. Thus, the rankings at the end of the 2013–14 season determine the team allocation by association in the 2015–16 (not 2014–15) UEFA season; however, the actual teams that will be participating are determined at the end of the 2014–15 season when the individual association classifications and national cups are finalized.

This coefficient is determined by the results of the clubs of the associations in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League games over the past five seasons. Two points are awarded for each win by a club, and one for a draw (points are halved in the qualifying and playoff rounds). Results determined by extra time do count in determining the allocation of points, but results determined by penalty-shootouts do not affect the allocation of points, other than for bonus points given for qualification into the latter rounds of the Champions League or the Europa League. The number of points awarded each season is divided by the number of teams that participated for that association in that season. This number is then rounded down to three decimal places (e.g. 2⅔ would be rounded to 2.666).[13] [14]

To determine a country's coefficient for a particular season, the coefficients for the last five seasons are added. Bonus points are added to the number of points scored in a season. Bonus points are allocated for:

• Clubs that reach the quarter-finals, semi-finals, or final of either the UEFA Champions League or the UEFA Europa League (1 bonus point).
• Clubs that qualify for the group stage of the Champions League (4 bonus points).
• Clubs that qualify for the round of 16 of the Champions League (5 bonus points).

### Current ranking

The ranking below takes into account of each association's performance in European competitions from 2010–11 to 2014–15, with the 2014–15 season currently taking place.

The final ranking at the end of the 2014–15 season will be used to determine the number of places for each association in the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League and 2016–17 UEFA Europa League.

Note: Starting from the 2015–16 season, all associations will have a maximum of three teams entering the Europa League (currently associations 7–9 have four entrants).[15]

As of 25 November 2014 the coefficients are as follows:[16]

Rank
2015
Rank
2014
Mvmt. Member association
(L: League, C: Cup, LC: League cup1)
2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 Coeff. Teams
CL places EL places Total
1 1 Spain (L, C) 18.214 20.857 17.714 23.000 9.785 89.570 6/7 4 3 7
2 2 England (L, C, LC1) 18.357 15.250 16.428 16.785 8.285 75.105 6/7
3 3 Germany (L, C) 15.666 15.250 17.928 14.714 9.714 73.272 6/7
4 5 +1 Portugal (L, C) 18.800 11.833 11.750 9.916 6.916 59.215 5/6 3 6
5 4 –1 Italy (L, C) 11.571 11.357 14.416 14.166 7.666 59.176 6/6
6 6 France (L, C, LC1) 10.750 10.500 11.750 8.500 7.250 48.750 5/6
7 7 Russia (L, C) 10.916 9.750 9.750 10.416 6.166 46.998 4/6 2 5
8 9 +1 Ukraine (L, C) 10.083 7.750 9.500 7.833 5.333 40.499 4/6
9 8 –1 Netherlands (L, C) 11.166 13.600 4.214 5.916 3.750 38.646 3/6
10 10 Belgium (L, C) 4.600 10.100 6.500 6.400 5.400 33.000 4/5
11 13 +2 Switzerland (L, C) 5.900 6.000 8.375 7.200 4.300 31.775 3/5
12 11 –1 Turkey (L, C) 4.600 5.100 10.200 6.700 4.600 31.200 3/5
13 12 –1 Greece (L, C) 7.600 7.600 4.400 6.100 4.600 30.300 4/5
14 15 +1 Czech Republic (L, C) 3.500 5.250 8.500 8.000 3.625 28.875 1/4
15 16 +1 Romania (L, C) 3.166 4.333 6.800 6.875 4.625 25.799 2/4
16 14 –2 Austria (L, C) 4.375 7.125 2.250 7.800 3.125 24.675 1/4 1 4
17 20 +3 Croatia (L, C) 4.125 3.750 4.375 4.375 5.875 22.500 2/4
18 18 Cyprus (L, C) 3.125 9.125 4.000 2.750 3.300 22.300 2/5
19 21 +2 Poland (L, C) 4.500 6.625 2.500 3.125 4.250 21.000 1/4
20 17 –3 Israel (L, C) 4.625 6.000 3.250 5.750 1.375 21.000 0/4
21 22 +1 Belarus (L, C) 5.875 3.125 4.500 1.750 5.000 20.250 2/4
22 19 –3 Denmark (L, C) 6.700 3.100 3.300 3.800 2.500 19.400 2/5
23 24 +1 Sweden (L, C) 2.600 2.900 5.125 3.200 3.900 17.725 1/5
24 23 –1 Scotland (L, C) 3.600 2.750 4.300 3.250 3.750 17.650 1/4
25 25 Bulgaria (L, C) 4.625 1.500 0.750 5.625 4.000 16.500 1/4
26 26 Norway (L, C) 2.375 2.300 4.900 2.600 2.200 14.375 0/5
27 29 +2 Slovenia (L, C) 1.500 2.250 3.250 2.625 4.000 13.625 1/4
28 27 –1 Serbia (L, C) 3.500 2.125 3.000 2.500 2.500 13.625 1/4
29 32 +3 Azerbaijan (L, C) 2.000 1.375 3.000 2.500 3.125 12.000 1/4
30 30 Slovakia (L, C) 3.000 2.375 1.500 1.625 2.750 11.250 1/4
31 28 –3 Hungary (L, C) 2.750 2.250 3.000 0.875 2.125 11.000 0/4
32 34 +2 Kazakhstan (L, C) 0.875 1.625 1.375 3.125 3.375 10.375 0/4
33 31 –2 Moldova (L, C) 2.125 0.500 2.250 3.375 1.750 10.000 0/4
34 33 –1 Georgia (L, C) 1.875 2.875 1.500 1.875 1.250 9.375 0/4
35 37 +2 Iceland (L, C) 0.375 1.375 1.250 2.500 2.500 8.000 0/4
36 36 Finland (L, C) 1.800 1.500 2.000 0.500 2.000 7.800 1/5
37 35 –2 Bosnia and Herzegovina (L, C) 1.875 1.125 1.250 1.500 1.750 7.500 0/4
38 46 +8 Liechtenstein (C)2 0.500 2.000 0.000 1.000 2.500 6.000 0/1 0 1 1
39 42 +3 Macedonia (L, C) 1.375 1.625 1.250 0.500 1.125 5.875 0/4 1 3 4
40 43 +3 Republic of Ireland (L, C) 1.000 1.500 1.000 0.250 2.000 5.750 0/4
41 39 –2 Montenegro (L, C) 1.750 0.500 1.375 1.250 0.750 5.625 0/4
42 40 –2 Albania (L, C) 0.875 0.875 0.750 2.000 0.875 5.375 0/4
43 44 +1 Luxembourg (L, C) 0.625 1.125 1.375 1.500 0.500 5.125 0/4
44 47 +3 Northern Ireland (L, C) 1.125 0.500 1.000 0.875 1.375 4.875 0/4
45 41 –4 Lithuania (L, C) 0.625 1.000 1.125 1.250 0.500 4.500 0/4
46 38 –8 Latvia (L, C) 0.500 0.625 1.250 1.625 0.250 4.250 0/4
47 45 –2 Malta (L, C) 1.500 0.833 0.875 0.875 0.125 4.208 0/4
48 50 +2 Estonia (L, C) 0.250 0.375 0.375 1.000 1.500 3.500 0/4
49 51 +2 Faroe Islands (L, C) 0.250 0.500 0.500 0.875 1.375 3.500 0/4
50 48 –2 Wales (L, C) 0.875 0.625 0.500 0.750 0.125 2.875 0/4
51 49 –2 Armenia (L, C) 0.250 0.125 0.875 1.125 0.375 2.750 0/4
52 53 +1 Andorra (L, C) 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.333 0.500 0.833 0/3 2 3
53 52 –1 San Marino (L, C) 0.166 0.000 0.000 0.333 0.000 0.499 0/3
54 54 Gibraltar (L, C) 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.250 0.250 0/2 1 2
Indicates active countries which have all their teams still competing in this year's UEFA Champions League or Europa League.
Indicates active countries which have teams still competing in this year's UEFA Champions League or Europa League.
Indicates countries which have no teams remaining in this year's UEFA Champions League or Europa League.

1 The winners of the league cups of England and France are given a place in the UEFA Europa League by special permission from UEFA.
2 The Liechtenstein Football Association does not organize a national league competition as it does not have the necessary amount of national clubs. As a result, the only competitor from Liechtenstein in European competitions is the Liechtenstein Cup winners, who qualify for the UEFA Europa League.

UEFA uses this coefficient system to decide which teams gain automatic entry to the group stage and which teams must go through qualifying. The teams who occupy the top three league places in the countries ranked 1 to 3 in UEFA competition gain automatic entry into the group stages for the following season’s Champions League competition. The first and second placed teams in the countries ranked 4 to 6 also gain automatic entry, as do the champions in the countries ranked 7 to 12. The Champions League holders automatically get the chance to defend their title in the following season’s competition.

Further information on Liechtenstein's status and similar cases.

According to the UEFA regulations a National League needs to consist of at least eight clubs to be considered valid, otherwise no participants of such a league will be allowed to enter European competitions. There are only seven clubs that are active in Liechtenstein, all of which play in neighbouring Switzerland's league competitions. Note: prior to the introduction of the Welsh Premier League in 1992 Wales also had a single participant, the winner (or best placed Welsh team as several English teams also competed) of the Welsh Cup, in the European competitions.

### History

Ranking has been published by UEFA since 1979 to identify the number of participants for each country in the UEFA Cup after the re-organization of the Inter-cities Fairs Cup in 1971. No calculation of coefficients took place prior to that. Later, for statistical purposes, various rankings were introduced to portray the history of competitions. Because the Inter-cities Fairs Cup was limited only to certain clubs and/or by invitation no coefficient calculation was necessary. According to the prorated (extended) calculation system only four leagues have succeeded in being the top European league.[17]

Due to the Heysel Stadium disaster, all English teams were banned from UEFA competitions in 1985 and so the First Division didn't gain any coefficient points until the ban was lifted after 5 seasons, directly affecting the ranking of the First Division and then the Premier League for 9 years from 1986 to 1994; top in 1985,[18] England was unranked in 1990,[19] and would not regain the top position until 2008.[20]

The table shows the ranking of nations with respect to the total number of years leading in Europe:

As of 24 May 2014
Rank League Total
1 La Liga 17
2 First Division/Premier League 15
3 Serie A 13
4 Bundesliga 10

## Club coefficient

The club coefficient rankings are determined by the results of clubs in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League over the previous five seasons, as well as by the coefficient of the clubs' association. The club coefficient is the sum of the points earned by the club over the five seasons plus 20% of the club's association coefficient.[21][22]

The clubs receive two points for a win, one point for a draw, and no points for a defeat in games of the main stages of the Champions League and the Europa League. Results determined after extra-time are included in this method, however results determined after penalty shoot-outs are not (the result is considered a draw). Bonus points for entering the Europa League group stage are not additional to win/draw points; they provide a minimum points allowance for participating clubs, whereas bonus points for entering the Champions League group stage (and those for qualifying to the knockout stage) are additional to win/draw points.

Qualifying round results are only taken into account if the team is eliminated in one of the rounds (see table below). Otherwise, the qualifying round results are taken into account only for the calculation of the association's coefficient and are halved.[21] The clubs do not receive any points for elimination in the Champions League third qualifying round or the play-off because those teams move to the Europa League and receive points from participation in that competition.[22]

Round Points awarded
Champions League Europa League
First qualifying round elimination 0.5 0.25
Second qualifying round elimination 1 0.5
Third qualifying round elimination 1
Play-off elimination 1.5
Group stage participation 4 2
Win in group stage or subsequent round 2 2
Draw in group stage or subsequent round 1 1
Round of 16 participation 5
Quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals participation 1 1

This ranking is used by UEFA to determine a club's seeding in club competition draws, including the preliminary and first rounds of the Champions League, and the preliminary, first and second rounds of the Europa League.

Before 1999 a number of strong teams in the UEFA Cup were seeded such that those teams did not meet in the first two rounds. To determine these teams, the sum of, the ratio of the number of points achieved to the number of games played by each team, was calculated for the past five years.

### UEFA Team Ranking

The top 25 clubs as of 25 November 2014 are as follows.[23]

Rank
2015
Club Country 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014-15 Coeff.
1 Real Madrid  Spain 33,643 36,171 29,543 39,600 18,957 157,914
2 FC Barcelona  Spain 36,643 34,171 27,543 28,600 18,957 145,914
3 Bayern München  Germany 24,133 33,050 36,586 29,943 18,943 142,654
4 Chelsea FC  England 26,671 33,050 30,286 28,357 18,657 137,021
5 Benfica  Portugal 25,760 23,367 28,350 30,983 8,383 116,843
6 Atlético Madrid  Spain 9,643 34,171 13,543 37,600 11,957 106,914
7 FC Porto  Portugal 31,760 12,367 22,350 17,983 19,383 103,843
8 Manchester United  England 36,671 16,050 21,286 26,357 1,657 102,021
9 Schalke 04  Germany 30,133 20,050 22,586 18,943 9,943 101,654
10 Arsenal  England 22,671 22,050 21,286 21,357 10,657 98,021
11 Valencia CF  Spain 21,643 25,171 22,543 26,600 1,957 97,914
12 Borussia Dortmund  Germany 10,133 10,050 33,586 24,943 18,943 97,654
13 Paris Saint-Germain  France 14,150 9,100 27,350 26,700 19,450 96,750
14 Shakhtar Donetsk  Ukraine 26,017 9,550 18,900 12,567 16,067 83,100
15 AC Milan  Italy 18,314 22,271 19,883 18,833 1,533 80,835
16 Tottenham  England 24,671 10,050 19,286 18,357 7,657 80,021
17 Zenit St. Petersburg  Russia 18,183 19,950 14,950 18,083 8,233 79,400
18 Manchester City  England 16,671 20,050 10,286 22,357 9,657 79,021
19 Bayer Leverkusen  Germany 16,133 19,050 12,586 18,943 11,943 78,654
20 FC Basel   Switzerland 10,180 20,200 17,675 20,440 8,860 77,355
21 Olympique Lyon  France 19,150 19,100 14,350 16,700 2,950 72,250
22 Juventus  Italy 8,314 2,271 25,883 25,833 9,533 71,835
23 Inter Milan  Italy 21,314 20,271 16,883 2,833 7,533 68,835
24 SSC Napoli  Italy 9,314 21,271 8,883 18,833 7,533 65,835
25 Olympiakos FC  Greece 2,520 17,520 10,880 19,220 8,920 59,060
Indicates teams still active in this year's UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League.
Indicates teams from active countries in this year's UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League.

### Top club by period

Although the ranking was officially introduced by UEFA in 1979,[24] the following data indicate the top-ranked clubs in each 5-year period listed by year based on the projection of the ranking made by Bert Kassies, a Dutch System designer and amateur statistician.[25] All data prior to 1975–1979 period, the first published by the Confederation, are merely informative, since no official value.[24]

Top-rated clubs listed by number of times they were top-ranked over a 5 year period considering separately the Kassies' statistical projection (since the 1956–1960 period) and exclusively the data used by UEFA since the first period officially analized (1975–1979):

Rank Club Total based in Kassies' projection Total since the ranking's introduction
2 Barcelona 8 7
3 Juventus 7 7
5 Benfica 3 0
Leeds United 3 0
Ajax 3 1
Bayern Munich 3 2
9 Liverpool 2 2
Milan 2 2
11 Real Zaragoza 1 0
Anderlecht 1 1
Paris Saint-Germain 1 1
Chelsea 1 1
Manchester United 1 1

## Criticisms

The UEFA coefficient system has been criticised for being likely to preserve the status quo for rankings and seedings, as well as for favouring teams from stronger nations.[26]

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