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 If you have any information about data at this page being incorrect, incomplete, or out-of-date, please send a message to bert.kassies@xs4all.nl.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

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
The New Saints           Wal   5.775              Alashkert FC             Arm   2.525
Linfield Belfast         Nir   3.650              La Fiorita               Sma   1.566
Víkingur                 Far   2.950              Europa FC                Gib   1.500
Hibernians FC            Mlt   2.800              FCI Tallinn              Est   1.300
FC Santa Coloma          And   2.733              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)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Celtic                   Sco  42.785              MSK Zilina               Svk   5.850
FC Salzburg              Aut  40.570              Zalgiris Vilnius         Lit   5.825
FC København             Den  37.800              Dundalk                  Irl   5.815
Ludogorets Razgrad       Bul  34.175              The New Saints *         Wal   5.775
BATE Borisov             Bls  29.475              Vardar Skopje            Mac   5.125
Legia Warsaw             Pol  28.450              F91 Dudelange            Lux   4.975
APOEL Nicosia            Cyp  26.210              FK Kukësi                Alb   4.575
NK Maribor               Slo  21.125              Zrinjski Mostar          Bos   4.050
Garabag Agdam            Azb  18.050              Linfield Belfast *       Nir   3.650
Malmö FF                 Swe  16.945              Buducnost Podgorica      Mon   3.300
FK Astana                Kaz  16.800              Víkingur *               Far   2.950
Partizan Belgrade        Srb  16.075              Honvéd Budapest          Hun   2.900
NK Rijeka                Cro  15.550              Hibernians FC *          Mlt   2.800
Rosenborg BK             Nor  12.665              FC Santa Coloma *        And   2.733
Sheriff Tiraspol         Mol  11.150              IFK Mariehamn            Fin   2.030
Hapoel Beer-Sheva        Isr  10.875              Spartaks Jurmala         Lat   1.975
FH Hafnarfjardar         Isl   6.175              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. The draw groups were as follows:
Group 1
seeded: FC Salzburg, Ludogorets Razgrad, APOEL Nicosia, Garabag Agdam, Partizan Belgrade
unseeded: Zalgiris Vilnius, (Hibernians FC), F91 Dudelange, Buducnost Podgorica, Samtredia
Group 2
seeded: FC København, BATE Borisov, FK Astana, NK Rijeka, Sheriff Tiraspol, Hapoel Beer-Sheva
unseeded: MSK Zilina, FK Kukësi, (FC Santa Coloma), Honvéd Budapest, (The New Saints), Spartaks Jurmala
Group 3
seeded: Celtic, Legia Warsaw, NK Maribor, Malmö FF, Rosenborg BK, FH Hafnarfjardar
unseeded: Dundalk, Vardar Skopje, Zrinjski Mostar, (Víkingur), (Linfield Belfast), IFK Mariehamn

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)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Olympiakos Piraeus       Gre  64.580              Malmö FF **              Swe  16.945
Celtic **                Sco  42.785              FK Astana **             Kaz  16.800
FC Salzburg **           Aut  40.570              Partizan Belgrade **     Srb  16.075
FC København **          Den  37.800              NK Rijeka **             Cro  15.550
Ludogorets Razgrad **    Bul  34.175              Rosenborg BK **          Nor  12.665
BATE Borisov **          Bls  29.475              Sheriff Tiraspol **      Mol  11.150
Legia Warsaw **          Pol  28.450              Hapoel Beer-Sheva **     Isr  10.875
APOEL Nicosia **         Cyp  26.210              Slavia Praha             Cze   8.135
NK Maribor **            Slo  21.125              FH Hafnarfjardar **      Isl   6.175
Garabag Agdam **         Azb  18.050              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)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Dinamo Kiev              Ukr  67.526              Steaua Bucuresti         Rom  35.370
Ajax                     Ned  67.212              Young Boys               Sui  28.915
Viktoria Plzen           Cze  40.635              OGC Nice                 Fra  16.833
CSKA Moscow              Rus  39.606              Istanbul Basaksehir      Tur  10.340
Club Brugge              Bel  39.480              AEK Athens               Gre   6.580

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)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Olympiakos Piraeus *3    Gre  64.580              BATE Borisov **          Bls  29.475
Celtic **                Sco  42.785              Legia Warsaw **          Pol  28.450
FC Salzburg **           Aut  40.570              APOEL Nicosia **         Cyp  26.210
FC København **          Den  37.800              NK Maribor **            Slo  21.125
Ludogorets Razgrad **    Bul  34.175              Garabag Agdam **         Azb  18.050

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

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Sevilla                  Esp 112.999              Viktoria Plzen *3        Cze  40.635
Napoli                   Ita  88.666              CSKA Moscow *3           Rus  39.606
Dinamo Kiev *3           Ukr  67.526              Club Brugge *3           Bel  39.480
Ajax *3                  Ned  67.212              Sporting CP Lisbon       Por  36.866
Liverpool                Eng  56.192              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 176.999              FC Barcelona             Esp 151.999
Bayern München           Ger 154.899              Atlético Madrid          Esp 142.999
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 112.999
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                  Ita  53.666
Tottenham Hotspur        Eng  77.192              Besiktas                 Tur  45.840
FC Basel                 Sui  74.415              Celtic **                Sco  42.785
Dinamo Kiev *3           Ukr  67.526              FC Salzburg **           Aut  40.570
Ajax *3                  Ned  67.212              FC København **          Den  37.800
Olympiakos Piraeus *3    Gre  64.580              Ludogorets Razgrad **    Bul  34.175
Anderlecht               Bel  58.480              Feyenoord                Ned  23.212
Liverpool *4             Eng  56.192              RB Leipzig               Ger  15.899

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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