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Seeding in the Champions League 2018/2019

UEFA European Cup Football
by Bert Kassies

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This page shows the preliminary seeding lists in the Champions League 2018/19. 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 If you have any information about data at this page being incorrect, incomplete, or out-of-date, please send a message to bert.kassies@xs4all.nl.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 2018/2019. The UEFA Team Ranking of 2018 determines the seeding of the teams in the tables below. See Qualification 2018/2019 for a list of qualified teams, and Access List 2018/2019 for an overview of berths per country. More detailed information may also be found in the CL Regulations 2017/18.

This is the first season with the new format of the 2018-21 period. All clubs eliminated in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League are transferred to the Europa League. For details, see the new Access List 2018/2019. Both the Champions League and the Europa League have a new preliminary round. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th qualifying rounds of the Champions League are split into two sections: one for champions and one for non-champions.

Although the regulations no longer require the use of regional groups (as used before 2009), until now UEFA still uses some kind of regionalization in the first qualifying rounds. 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.

Preliminary round (4 teams)

Unknown                        coef.
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CH                       Gib   0.600 -  2.750
CH                       And   0.266 -  2.750
CH                       Sma   0.099 -  1.750
CH                       Kos   0.000 -  0.500

The preliminary round of the Champions League consist of 3 matches: 2 semi- finals and a final. Until now it is unknown if seeding will be used for the draw of the semi-finals.

The winner of the preliminary round is probably seeded in the 1st qualifying round by the maximimum coefficient of all teams in the preliminary round. The reason for this is that the draw for the 1st qualifying round is made before the results of the preliminary round are known.

Below it is assumed that highest seeded team of the preliminary round qualifies for the 1st qualifying round.

1st Qualifying Round for Champions (34 teams)

(unseeded < 3.250, seeded > 5.000)

Unknown                        coef.
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CH                       Isr   4.350 - 22.500
CH                       Pol   4.025 - 24.500
CH                       Bul   3.825 - 37.000
CH                       Sco   3.725 - 31.000
Shkendija Tetovo         Mac   3.500
Valletta FC              Mlt   3.250
CH                       Bos   3.000 -  3.750
CH                       Slo   2.900 - 22.500
CH                       Hun   2.500 -  4.250
CH                       Svk   2.425 -  5.000
CH                       Alb   1.700 -  8.500
CH                       Lux   0.875 -  3.500

CH-PR *p                       0.000 -  2.750

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
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FK Astana                Kaz  21.750              .
Garabag Agdam            Azb  20.500              .
BATE Borisov             Bls  20.500              .
Sheriff Tiraspol         Mol  14.750              .
Malmö FF                 Swe  14.000              .
CH                       Srb  10.750 - 17.000     .
CH                       Cyp  10.000 - 27.000     .
Rosenborg BK             Nor   9.000              Víkingur                 Far   3.000
HJK Helsinki             Fin   8.000              Sutjeska Niksic          Mon   2.500
CH                       Den   5.190 - 11.500     Suduva Marijampole       Lit   2.000
The New Saints           Wal   5.000              Cork City                Irl   1.750
.                                                 Spartaks Jurmala         Lat   1.750
.                                                 Valur Reykjavik          Isl   1.650
.                                                 Flora Tallinn            Est   1.250
.                                                 Torpedo Kutaisi          Geo   1.000
.                                                 CH                       Arm   0.975 -  2.500
.                                                 CH                       Nir   0.850 -  3.000

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

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 for Champions (20 teams)

(unseeded < 7.000, seeded > 20.500)

Unknown                        coef.
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BATE Borisov *           Bls  20.500
Sheriff Tiraspol *       Mol  14.750
Malmö FF *               Swe  14.000
CH *                     Srb  10.750 - 17.000
CH *                     Cyp  10.000 - 27.000
Rosenborg BK *           Nor   9.000
HJK Helsinki *           Fin   8.000
CH                       Cro   7.000 - 17.500
CH                       Aut  >6.470 ->53.500
CH *                     Den   5.190 - 11.500
CH                       Rom   4.090 - 27.500

CH-QR1 *                       4.350 - 37.000
CH-QR1 *                       4.025 - 31.000
CH-QR1 *                       3.825 - 24.500
CH-QR1 *                       3.725 - 22.500
CH-QR1 *                       3.500 - 22.500
CH-QR1 *                       3.250 -  8.500


Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
FK Astana *              Kaz  21.750              .
Garabag Agdam *          Azb  20.500              .
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For the draw of the 2nd round the 20 teams are divided into 2 groups of 10 teams.

2nd Qualifying Round for Non-Champions (6 teams)

(unseeded < 8.500, seeded > 53.500)

Unknown                        coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
CL2                      Gre  29.500 - 54.000
CL2                      Ned  25.000 - 53.500
CL2                      Tur   8.500 - 57.000
CL2                      Aut  >6.470 ->53.500
CL2                      Sui   6.040 - 71.000
CL2                      Cze   6.035 - 34.500


Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
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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 (12 teams)

(unseeded < 10.000, seeded > 27.000)

Unknown                        coef.
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FK Astana *              Kaz  21.750
Garabag Agdam *          Azb  20.500
AEK Athens               Gre  10.000

CH-QR2 **                     20.500 ->53.500
CH-QR2 **                     14.750 - 37.000
CH-QR2 **                     14.000 - 31.000
CH-QR2 **                      9.000 - 27.500
CH-QR2 **                      8.000 - 27.000
CH-QR2 **                     >6.470 - 24.500
CH-QR2 **                      5.200 - 22.500
CH-QR2 **                      5.190 - 22.500


Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
PSV Eindhoven            Ned  36.000              .
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3rd Qualifying Round for Non-Champions (8 teams)

(unseeded < 29.000, seeded > 59.500)

Unknown                        coef.
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CL2                      Por  30.500 - 86.000
CL3                      Fra >29.000 - 59.500
CL3                      Rus  13.500 - 78.000
CL2                      Bel   7.700 - 48.000

NC-QR2 **                     29.500 - 71.000
NC-QR2 **                     25.000 - 57.000
NC-QR2 **                      8.500 - 54.000


Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
CL2                      Ukr  62.000 - 81.000     .
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Unseeded teams in the 3rd 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 4th qualifying round is made before the results of the 3rd qualifying round are known.

Below it is assumed that the seeded teams of the 3rd qualifying round qualify for the 4th qualifying round.

4th Qualifying Round for Champions (8 teams)

(unseeded < 20.500, seeded > 34.500)

Unknown                        coef.
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CH                       Sui  20.500 - 71.000
CH                       Cze   6.035 - 34.500

CH-QR3 *3                     21.750 ->53.500
CH-QR3 *3                     20.500 - 37.000
CH-QR3 *3                     14.750 - 31.000
CH-QR3 *3                     14.000 - 29.500
CH-QR3 *3                      9.000 - 27.500


Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
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PSV Eindhoven *3         Ned  36.000              .
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4th Qualifying Round for Non-Champions (4 teams)

(unseeded < 30.500, seeded > 78.000)

Unknown                        coef.
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CL2                      Ukr  62.000 - 81.000

NC-QR3 *3                     30.500 - 86.000
NC-QR3 *3                    >29.000 - 78.000
NC-QR3 *3                     13.500 - 71.000


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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Atlético Madrid          Esp>134.000
FC Barcelona             Esp 132.000
Real Madrid              Esp>156.000
CL1234                   Esp >21.056 - 52.000
CL234                    Ger >14.256 - 89.000
CL234                    Ger >14.256 - 66.000
CL234                    Ger >14.256 - 62.000
CL234                    Eng  82.000 ->92.000
CL234                    Eng  67.000 - 82.000
CL234                    Eng >59.000 - 82.000
Juventus                 Ita>126.000
Napoli                   Ita  78.000
CL3                      Ita  16.000 ->62.000
CL4                      Ita >15.183 - 41.000
CL2                      Fra >29.000 - 59.500
CH                       Rus  22.500 - 78.000
CL2                      Rus  13.500 - 45.000
CH                       Por  30.500 - 86.000
CH                       Ukr  62.000 - 81.000
CH                       Bel   7.700 - 48.000
CH                       Tur   8.500 - 57.000

PSV Eindhoven *3         Ned  36.000
CH-QR4 *4                      x.xxx -  y.yyy
CH-QR4 *4                      x.xxx -  y.yyy
CH-QR4 *4                      x.xxx -  y.yyy

NC-QR4 *4                      x.xxx -  y.yyy
NC-QR4 *4                      x.xxx -  y.yyy

EL-TH                          x.xxx -  y.yyy


Pot 1                          coef.              Pot 2                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
CL-TH                                             .
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Bayern München           Ger>134.000              .
Manchester City          Eng>100.000              .
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Paris Saint-Germain      Fra 109.000              .
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Pot 3                          coef.              Pot 4                          coef.
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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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