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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 If you have any information about data at this page being incorrect, incomplete, or out-of-date, please send a message to bert.kassies@xs4all.nl.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 2017/18.

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)

Unknown                        coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Santa Coloma          And   2.733
CH                       Arm   1.775 -  3.775

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
The New Saints           Wal   5.775              .
Linfield Belfast         Nir   3.650              La Fiorita               Sma   1.566
Víkingur                 Far   2.950              Europa FC                Gib   1.500
Hibernians FC            Mlt   2.800              Infonet Tallinn          Est   1.300
.                                                 Trepça'89                Kos   0.000

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 < 5.825, seeded > 6.175)

Unknown                        coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
FH Hafnarfjardar         Isl   6.175
MSK Zilina               Svk   5.850
Zalgiris Vilnius         Lit   5.825
CH                       Pol   3.950 - 28.450
CH                       Mol   3.650 - 11.150
CH                       Hun   2.900 -  8.650

CL-QR1 *                       2.733 -  3.775


Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Celtic                   Sco  42.785              .
FC Salzburg              Aut  40.570              .
FC København             Den  37.800              .
Ludogorets Razgrad       Bul  34.175              .
BATE Borisov             Bls  29.475              Dundalk                  Irl   5.815
APOEL Nicosia            Cyp  26.210              The New Saints *         Wal   5.775
NK Maribor               Slo  21.125              Vardar Skopje            Mac   5.125
Garabag Agdam            Azb  18.050              F91 Dudelange            Lux   4.975
Malmö FF                 Swe  16.945              FK Kukësi                Alb   4.550
FK Astana                Kaz  16.800              CH                       Bos   4.050 -  5.300
Partizan Belgrade        Srb  16.075              Linfield Belfast *       Nir   3.650
NK Rijeka                Cro  15.550              Víkingur *               Far   2.950
Rosenborg BK             Nor  12.665              Hibernians FC *          Mlt   2.800
Hapoel Beer-Sheva        Isr  10.875              CH                       Mon   2.550 -  3.550
.                                                 IFK Mariehamn            Fin   2.030
.                                                 Spartaks Jurmala         Lat   1.975
.                                                 Samtredia                Geo   1.525

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)

(unseeded < 16.945, seeded > 18.050)

Unknown                        coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
Garabag Agdam **         Azb  18.050
Malmö FF **              Swe  16.945
CL1                      Cze   8.135 - 40.635

CL-QR2 **                      6.175 - 28.450
CL-QR2 **                      5.850 - 11.150
CL-QR2 **                      5.825 -  8.650


Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Olympiakos Piraeus       Gre  64.580              .
Celtic **                Sco  42.785              .
FC Salzburg **           Aut  40.570              .
FC København **          Den  37.800              .
Ludogorets Razgrad **    Bul  34.175              FK Astana **             Kaz  16.800
BATE Borisov **          Bls  29.475              Partizan Belgrade **     Srb  16.075
APOEL Nicosia **         Cyp  26.210              NK Rijeka **             Cro  15.550
NK Maribor **            Slo  21.125              Rosenborg BK **          Nor  12.665
.                                                 Hapoel Beer-Sheva **     Isr  10.875
.                                                 Viitorul Constanta       Rom   5.870

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)

(unseeded < 35.370, seeded > 39.480)

Unknown                        coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
Club Brugge              Bel  39.480
Steaua Bucuresti         Rom  35.370
CL2                      Tur  10.340 - 45.840
CL2                      Cze   8.135 - 40.635

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Dinamo Kiev              Ukr  67.526              .
Ajax                     Ned  67.212              .
CSKA Moscow              Rus  39.606              Young Boys               Sui  28.915
.                                                 OGC Nice                 Fra  16.833
.                                                 CL2                      Gre   5.580 - 35.080

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.
------------------------ --- ----------------
Ludogorets Razgrad **    Bul  34.175

CH-QR3 *3                     18.050 - 40.635
CH-QR3 *3                     16.945 - 28.450

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Olympiakos Piraeus *3    Gre  64.580              .
Celtic **                Sco  42.785              .
FC Salzburg **           Aut  40.570              BATE Borisov **          Bls  29.475
FC København **          Den  37.800              APOEL Nicosia **         Cyp  26.210
.                                                 NK Maribor **            Slo  21.125

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

Unknown                        coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
NC-QR3 *3                     39.480 - 45.840
NC-QR3 *3                     35.370 - 40.635

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Sevilla                  Esp>112.942              .
Dinamo Kiev *3           Ukr  67.526              .
Ajax *3                  Ned  67.212              CSKA Moscow *3           Rus  39.606
Liverpool                Eng  56.192              Sporting CP Lisbon       Por  36.866
CL3                      Ita >53.666 ->88.666     1899 Hoffenheim          Ger  15.899

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)

Pot 1                          coef.              Pot 2                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Real Madrid              Esp>174.942              FC Barcelona             Esp>151.942
Bayern München           Ger 154.899              Atlético Madrid          Esp>142.942
Chelsea                  Eng 106.192              Paris Saint-Germain      Fra 126.333
Juventus                 Ita>140.666              Borussia Dortmund        Ger 124.899
Benfica                  Por 111.866              Sevilla *4               Esp>112.942
AS Monaco                Fra  62.333              Manchester City          Eng 100.192
Spartak Moscow           Rus  18.606              FC Porto                 Por  98.866
Shakhtar Donetsk         Ukr  87.526              Manchester United        Eng  95.192

Pot 3                          coef.              Pot 4                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Napoli (*4)              Ita >88.666              AS Roma (*4)             Ita >53.666
Tottenham Hotspur        Eng  77.192              Celtic **                Sco  42.785
FC Basel                 Sui  74.415              FC Salzburg **           Aut  40.570
Dinamo Kiev *3           Ukr  67.526              FC København **          Den  37.800
Ajax *3                  Ned  67.212              CH-QR4 *4                     34.175 - 40.635
Olympiakos Piraeus *3    Gre  64.580              Feyenoord                Ned  23.212
Anderlecht               Bel  58.480              RB Leipzig               Ger  15.899
Liverpool *4             Eng  56.192              CL1                      Tur  10.340 - 45.840

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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