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Seeding in the Champions League 2016/2017

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by Bert Kassies

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This page shows the list of seeded and unseeded teams for draws in the qualifying rounds and the group stage of the Champions League 2016/2017. The UEFA Team Ranking of 2016 determines the seeding of the teams in the tables below. See Qualification 2016/2017 for a list of qualified teams, and Access List 2016/2017 for an overview of berths per country. More detailed information may also be found in the CL Regulations 2016/17.

Although the regulations no longer require the use of regional groups (as used before 2009), UEFA still uses some kind of regionalization in CL-Q2 and EL-Q1. At first the clubs are divided into seeded and unseeded teams, and then the seeded and unseeded teams are split into regional groups. The general approach seems to use the North/Central/South scheme, but no specific rules are known.

The clubs defeated in the 1st and 2nd qualifying rounds are eliminated from the competition. The 15 clubs defeated in the 3rd qualifying round are entitled to play in the 4th qualifying round of the Europa League, and the 10 clubs defeated in the 4th qualifying round are entitled to play in the group stage of the Europa League. The 3rd and 4th qualifying rounds are split into two sections: one for champions and one for non-champions.

The Champions League title holder spot is not used since Real Madrid already qualified for the group stage by the domestic league. This implies that the Europa League title holder, Sevilla, gains access to the Champions League group stage.

On May 18 the UEFA Executive Committee decided that the domestic champion and the domestic cup winner of Kosovo will be admitted to the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. For this season the clubs of Kosovo will have to meet the special permission licensing criteria under article 15 of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations. However, the Kosovar clubs did not get a license. This implies that the champion of the 46th country on the ranking list (Latvia) has direct access to the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League, and the cup winner of the 28th country on the ranking list (Slovenia) has direct access to the 2nd qualifying round of the Europa League.

1st Qualifying Round (8 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
The New Saints           Wal   5.200              B36 Torshavn             Far   1.975
Valletta FC              Mlt   4.466              Lincoln Red Imps         Gib   1.700
Flora Tallinn            Est   3.350              Alashkert FC             Arm   1.325
FC Santa Coloma          And   2.699              Tre Penne                Sma   1.316

Unseeded teams in the 1st qualifying round that qualify for the next round take effectively the coefficient of their opponent in the next round: Lincoln Red Imps replaced the seeded team Flora Tallinn (3.350), and Alashkert FC replaced the seeded team FC Santa Coloma (2.699). The reason for this is that the draw for the 2nd qualifying round is made before the results of the 1st qualifying round are known.

2nd Qualifying Round (34 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Salzburg              Aut  42.520              The New Saints *         Wal   5.200
Celtic                   Sco  40.460              F91 Dudelange            Lux   5.050
APOEL Nicosia            Cyp  35.935              Zalgiris Vilnius         Lit   4.925
BATE Borisov             Bls  34.000              Hapoel Beer-Sheva        Isr   4.725
Legia Warsaw             Pol  28.000              Olimpija Ljubljana       Slo   4.625
Dinamo Zagreb            Cro  25.775              Valletta FC *            Mlt   4.466
Ludogorets Razgrad       Bul  25.625              Vardar Skopje            Mac   4.200
FC K°benhavn             Den  24.720              IFK Norrk÷ping           Swe   3.975
Garabag Agdam            Azb  13.475              Ferencvßros              Hun   3.475
Rosenborg BK             Nor  12.850              Crusaders Belfast        Nir   3.400
FK Astana                Kaz  12.575              Lincoln Red Imps *       Gib  (3.350)
Sheriff Tiraspol         Mol  10.575              Zrinjski Mostar          Bos   3.175
Partizani Tirana         Alb  (7.825)             Alashkert FC *           Arm  (2.699)
Red Star Belgrade        Srb   7.175              Dundalk                  Irl   2.590
Dinamo Tbilisi           Geo   5.875              Mladost Podgorica        Mon   2.475
FH Hafnarfjardar         Isl   5.750              SJK Seinńjoki            Fin   1.730
AS TrencÝn               Svk   5.400              FK Liepaja               Lat   1.075

For the draw of the 2nd round the 34 teams are divided into 1 group of 10 teams and 2 groups of 12 teams. The draw groups were as follows:
Group 1
seeded: FC Salzburg, Dinamo Zagreb, Garabag Agdam, Sheriff Tiraspol, AS TrencÝn
unseeded: F91 Dudelange, Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Olimpija Ljubljana, Vardar Skopje, FK Liepaja
Group 2
seeded: APOEL Nicosia, Legia Warsaw, Ludogorets Razgrad, FK Astana, SkŰnderbeu KoršŰ, Dinamo Tbilisi
unseeded: (The New Saints), Zalgiris Vilnius, Ferencvßros, Zrinjski Mostar, (FC Santa Coloma), Mladost Podgorica
Group 3
seeded: Celtic, BATE Borisov, FC K°benhavn, Rosenborg BK, Red Star Belgrade, FH Hafnarfjardar
unseeded: (Valletta FC), IFK Norrk÷ping, Crusaders Belfast, (Flora Tallinn), Dundalk, SJK Seinńjoki

After the draw for CL-Q2 it was decided that Partizani Tirana will replace the banned team SkŰnderbeu KoršŰ.

Unseeded teams in the 2nd qualifying round that qualify for the next round take effectively the coefficient of their opponent in the next round: Hapoel Beer-Sheva replaced the seeded team Sheriff Tiraspol (10.575), Dundalk replaced the seeded team FH Hafnarfjardar (5.750), and Partizani Tirana replaced Ferencvßros (3.475). The reason for this is that the draw for the 3rd qualifying round is made before the results of the 2nd qualifying round are known.

3rd Qualifying Round for Champions (20 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Olympiakos Piraeus       Gre  70.940              Garabag Agdam **         Azb  13.475
Viktoria Plzen           Cze  44.585              Rosenborg BK **          Nor  12.850
FC Salzburg **           Aut  42.520              FK Astana **             Kaz  12.575
Celtic **                Sco  40.460              Astra Giurgiu            Rom  11.076
APOEL Nicosia **         Cyp  35.935              Hapoel Beer-Sheva **     Isr (10.575)
BATE Borisov **          Bls  34.000              Red Star Belgrade **     Srb   7.175
Legia Warsaw **          Pol  28.000              Dinamo Tbilisi **        Geo   5.875
Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  25.775              Dundalk **               Irl  (5.750)
Ludogorets Razgrad **    Bul  25.625              AS TrencÝn **            Svk   5.400
FC K°benhavn **          Den  24.720              Partizani Tirana **      Alb  (3.475)

For the draw of the 3rd round the 20 teams are divided into 2 groups of 10 teams. The draw groups were as follows:
Group 1
seeded: Olympiakos Piraeus, (Celtic), (APOEL Nicosia), (Legia Warsaw), (Dinamo Zagreb)
unseeded: (Rosenborg BK), (FK Astana), (Sheriff Tiraspol), (Dinamo Tbilisi), (AS TrencÝn)
Group 2
seeded: Viktoria Plzen, (FC Salzburg), (BATE Borisov), (Ludogorets Razgrad), (FC K°benhavn)
unseeded: (Garabag Agdam), Astra Giurgiu, (Red Star Belgrade), (FH Hafnarfjardar), (Ferencvßros)

3rd Qualifying Round for Non-Champions (10 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Shakhtar Donetsk         Ukr  81.976              PAOK Thessaloniki        Gre  37.440
Ajax                     Ned  58.112              Steaua Bucuresti         Rom  36.576
Anderlecht               Bel  54.000              AS Monaco                Fra  36.549
Fenerbahše               Tur  40.920              Young Boys               Sui  24.755
Sparta Praha             Cze  40.585              FK Rostov                Rus  11.716

4th Qualifying Round for Champions (10 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Viktoria Plzen *3        Cze  44.585              Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  25.775
FC Salzburg **           Aut  42.520              Ludogorets Razgrad **    Bul  25.625
Celtic **                Sco  40.460              FC K°benhavn **          Den  24.720
APOEL Nicosia **         Cyp  35.935              Hapoel Beer-Sheva **     Isr   4.725
Legia Warsaw **          Pol  28.000              Dundalk **               Irl   2.590

4th Qualifying Round for Non-Champions (10 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Manchester City          Eng  99.256              AS Roma                  Ita  41.587
FC Porto                 Por  92.616              Steaua Bucuresti *3      Rom  36.576
Villarreal               Esp  60.142              AS Monaco *3             Fra  36.549
Ajax *3                  Ned  58.112              Young Boys *3            Sui  24.755
Borussia M÷nchengladbach Ger  42.035              FK Rostov *3             Rus  11.716

Once the 4th qualifying round (or play-off round) has been completed, the 32 remaining clubs are drawn into eight groups of four. Clubs from the same association will not be drawn into the same group. A computer draw determines the final position of the teams within their group. These positions determine the order of the home and away matches. The following match sequence applies:

1st match day: 2 v 3              4th match day: 1 v 3
               4 v 1                             4 v 2

2nd match day: 1 v 2              5th match day: 3 v 2
               3 v 4                             1 v 4

3rd match day: 3 v 1              6th match day: 2 v 1
               2 v 4                             4 v 3
See 2006 draw procedure announced and 2008 group-stage draw for more details of the group stage draw. From this season on, the title-holder and the champions of the 7 top-ranked associations are placed in pot 1. If the title-holder is also the champion from one of the 7 top-ranked associations, the champion of the association ranked 8 is also put in pot 1. The other pots are filled according to the club ranking.

Group Stage (32 teams)

Pot 1                          coef.              Pot 2                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Real Madrid (CL-TH)      Esp 176.142              AtlÚtico Madrid          Esp 144.142
FC Barcelona             Esp 159.142              Borussia Dortmund        Ger 110.035
Leicester City           Eng  15.256              Arsenal                  Eng 105.256
Bayern MŘnchen           Ger 163.035              Manchester City *4       Eng  99.256
Juventus                 Ita 107.087              Sevilla (EL-TH)          Esp  95.642
Benfica                  Por 116.616              FC Porto *4              Por  92.616
Paris Saint-Germain      Fra 112.549              Napoli                   Ita  90.087
CSKA Moscow              Rus  48.716              Bayer Leverkusen         Ger  89.035

Pot 3                          coef.              Pot 4                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Basel                 Sui  87.755              Celtic **                Sco  40.460
Tottenham Hotspur        Eng  74.256              AS Monaco *3             Fra  36.549
Dinamo Kiev              Ukr  65.976              Besiktas                 Tur  34.920
Olympique Lyon           Fra  63.049              Legia Warsaw **          Pol  28.000
PSV Eindhoven            Ned  57.112              Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  25.775
Sporting CP Lisbon       Por  51.616              Ludogorets Razgrad **    Bul  25.625
Club Brugge              Bel  43.000              FC K°benhavn **          Den  24.720
Borussia M÷nchengladb.*4 Ger  42.035              FK Rostov *3             Rus  11.716

The eight group-winners and eight runners-up of the group stage qualify for the second round. The clubs that finish this stage in third position in their group move into the third round of the current Europa League. The clubs that finish this stage in fourth position in their group are eliminated.

The draw for the 2nd round takes the following rules into account:
a) Clubs from the same association must not be drawn against each other,
b) The winners and runners-up of the same group must not be drawn against each other,
c) The group winners must not be drawn against each other,
d) The runners up must not be drawn against each other,
e) The runners up must play the first leg at home.
The group winners are seeded above the runners-up.
See 2008 CL 2nd round draw procedure for more details.

Round 2 (16 teams)

1st in CL group                                  2nd in CL group
------------------------ ---                     ------------------------ ---
Arsenal                  Eng                     Paris Saint-Germain      Fra
Napoli                   Ita                     Benfica                  Por
FC Barcelona             Esp                     Manchester City *4       Eng
AtlÚtico Madrid          Esp                     Bayern MŘnchen           Ger
AS Monaco *3             Fra                     Bayer Leverkusen         Ger
Borussia Dortmund        Ger                     Real Madrid              Esp
Leicester City           Eng                     FC Porto *4              Por
Juventus                 Ita                     Sevilla (EL-TH)          Esp

For the draw of the quarter-finals and semi-finals no clubs will be seeded.

KEY:
*=team started in 1st qualifying round
**=team started in 2nd qualifying round
*3=team started in 3rd qualifying round
*4=team started in 4th qualifying round


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