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Seeding in the Champions League 2017/2018

UEFA European Cup Football
by Bert Kassies

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This page shows the preliminary seeding lists in the Champions League 2017/18. It is assumed that all qualified clubs will get a license for European football, unless they lose their final appeal with the national Appeals Body. If you have any information about data at this page being incorrect, incomplete, or out-of-date, please send a message to bert.kassies@xs4all.nl.

This page shows the list of seeded and unseeded teams for draws in the qualifying rounds and the group stage of the Champions League 2017/2018. The UEFA Team Ranking of 2017 determines the seeding of the teams in the tables below. See Qualification 2017/2018 for a list of qualified teams, and Access List 2017/2018 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.

1st Qualifying Round (10 teams)

(unseeded < 1.300, seeded > 3.000)

Unknown                        coef.
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Víkingur                 Far   2.950
CH                       Arm   1.775 -  3.775
CH                       Mlt   1.300 -  4.550
Infonet Tallinn          Est   1.300
CH                       And   0.733 -  2.733
CH                       Gib   0.500 -  3.000
CH                       Sma   0.066 -  1.566


Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
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The New Saints           Wal   5.775              .
CH                       Nir   3.650 -  3.900     .
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Unseeded teams in the 1st qualifying round that qualify for the next round take effectively the coefficient of their opponent in the next round. 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.

Below it is assumed that seeded teams of the 1st qualifying round qualify for the 2nd qualifying round.

2nd Qualifying Round (34 teams)

(unseeded < 3.475, seeded > 6.800)

Unknown                        coef.
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CH                       Aut   6.570 - 40.570
CH                       Cyp   6.210 - 26.210
FH Hafnarfjardar         Isl   6.175
MSK Zilina               Svk   5.850
Zalgiris Vilnius         Lit   5.825
Dundalk                  Irl   5.815
CH                       Pol   3.950 - 28.450
CH                       Lux   3.475 -  4.975
CH                       Mac   3.375 -  5.125
CH                       Slo   3.375 - 21.125
CH                       Bul   3.175 - 34.175
CH                       Srb   3.075 - 16.075
CH                       Alb   3.050 -  6.800
CH                       Mol   2.150 - 11.150
CH                       Hun   1.900 -  8.650
CH                       Bos   1.300 -  5.300

The New Saints *         Wal   5.775
CH *                     Nir   3.650 -  3.900
CL-QR1 *                       2.950 -  4.550
CL-QR1 *                       1.775 -  3.775
CL-QR1 *                       1.300 -  3.000


Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
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Celtic                   Sco  42.785              .
BATE Borisov             Bls  29.475              .
Garabag Agdam            Azb  18.050              .
Malmö FF                 Swe  16.945              .
FK Astana                Kaz  16.800              .
CH                       Cro  15.550 - 26.050     .
Rosenborg BK             Nor  12.665              .
CH                       Isr  10.875 - 23.375     .
CH                       Den   8.800 - 37.800     .
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.                                                 IFK Mariehamn            Fin   2.030
.                                                 Spartaks Jurmala         Lat   1.975
.                                                 Samtredia                Geo   1.525
.                                                 CH                       Mon   1.050 -  3.550

For the draw of the 2nd round the 34 teams are divided into 1 group of 10 teams and 2 groups of 12 teams.

Unseeded teams in the 2nd qualifying round that qualify for the next round take effectively the coefficient of their opponent in the next round. 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.

Below it is assumed that seeded teams of the 2nd qualifying round qualify for the 3rd qualifying round.

3rd Qualifying Round for Champions (20 teams)

Unknown                        coef.
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Olympiakos Piraeus       Gre  64.580
CL1                      Cze   8.135 - 48.135
CL1                      Rom   4.870 - 35.370

CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **
CL-QR2 **


Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
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For the draw of the 3rd round the 20 teams are divided into 2 groups of 10 teams.

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

Unknown                        coef.
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CL3                      Fra >16.766 >126.266
CL2                      Rus  10.106 - 87.106
CL2                      Ukr   8.526 - 87.526
CL2                      Bel   8.480 - 58.480
CL2                      Ned >23.092 ->64.092
CL2                      Tur   7.840 - 58.840
CL2                      Sui   6.415 - 74.415
CL2                      Cze   8.135 - 48.135
CL2                      Gre   5.580 - 35.080
CL2                      Rom   4.870 - 35.370

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
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Below it is assumed that the seeded teams of the 3rd qualifying round qualify for the 4th qualifying round. If unseeded teams qualify other teams may take the seeded spot.

4th Qualifying Round for Champions (10 teams)

Unknown                        coef.
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CL-QR3 *3
CL-QR3 *3
CL-QR3 *3
CL-QR3 *3
CL-QR3 *3
CL-QR3 *3
CL-QR3 *3
CL-QR3 *3
CL-QR3 *3
CL-QR3 *3

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
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4th Qualifying Round for Non-Champions (10 teams)

Unknown                        coef.
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CL4                      Esp >20.771 >171.771
CL4                      Ger  15.899 -124.899
CL4                      Eng >29.021 >106.021
CL3                      Ita >14.499 >135.499
CL3                      Por  14.866 -111.866

CL-QR3 *3
CL-QR3 *3
CL-QR3 *3
CL-QR3 *3
CL-QR3 *3

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
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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. 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.

Below it is assumed that the seeded teams of the 4th qualifying round qualify for the group stage. If unseeded teams qualify other teams may shift to a higher pot.

Group Stage (32 teams)

Unknown                        coef.
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CL-TH
CL123                    Esp>140.771 >171.771
CL123                    Esp>112.771 >151.771
CL123                    Esp >20.771 >140.771
Bayern München           Ger 154.899
CL123                    Ger  15.899 -124.899
CL123                    Ger  15.899 - 20.899
CL123                    Eng >77.021 >106.021
CL123                    Eng >56.021 >105.021
CL123                    Eng >29.021 >100.021
CL12                     Ita >44.499 >135.499
CL12                     Ita >14.499 ->88.499
CL12                     Por  36.866 -111.866
CL12                     Por  14.866 - 98.866
CL12                     Fra >62.266 >126.266
CL12                     Fra >16.766 ->62.266
CL1                      Rus  10.106 - 87.106
CL1                      Ukr  67.526 - 87.526
CL1                      Bel   8.480 - 58.480
CL1                      Ned >23.092 ->64.092
CL1                      Tur   7.840 - 58.840
CL1                      Sui  28.915 - 74.415

CL-QR4 *4
CL-QR4 *4
CL-QR4 *4
CL-QR4 *4
CL-QR4 *4

CL-QR4 *4
CL-QR4 *4
CL-QR4 *4
CL-QR4 *4
CL-QR4 *4

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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
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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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