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Seeding in the Champions League 2019/2020

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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 2019/2020. The UEFA Club Ranking of 2019 determines the seeding of the teams in the tables below. See Qualification 2019/2020 for a list of qualified teams, and Access List 2019/2020 for an overview of berths per country. More detailed information may also be found in the CL Regulations 2019/20. See Last season's Champions League qualifying explained for more info.

This seeding list is according to 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 2019/2020. 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.

The Champions League title holder (Liverpool) already qualified for the CL group stage by the domestic league, so the champion of the 11th country on the ranking list (Austria) has direct access to the group stage, the champion of the 13th country on the ranking list (Czech Republic) has direct access to the 4th qualifying round, the champion of the 15th country on the ranking list (Greece) has direct access to the 3rd qualifying round, and the champions of the 18th and 19th countries on the ranking list (Israel and Cyprus) have direct access to the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League.

The Europa League title holder (Chelsea) already qualified for the CL group stage by the domestic league, so the 3rd ranked team from the 5th country on the ranking list (France) gets direct access to the CL group stage. This implies that the runners-up of Turkey and Austria have direct access to the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League.

Preliminary round (4 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Lincoln Red Imps         Gib   4.250              Tre Penne                Sma   0.750
FC Santa Coloma          And   4.000              Feronikeli               Kos   0.500

The preliminary round of the Champions League is in the form of a mini-tournament (June 25-28, Pristina, Kosovo) and consist of 3 matches: 2 semi-finals and a final. See UEFA Champions League preliminary round draw for more info.

The winner of the preliminary round is seeded in the 1st qualifying round by the maximum 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.

1st Qualifying Round for Champions (32 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Celtic                   Sco  31.000              Suduva Marijampole       Lit   4.250
BATE Borisov             Bls  27.500              Valletta FC              Mlt   4.250
FK Astana                Kaz  27.500              Lincoln Red Imps *p      Gib   4.250
Ludogorets Razgrad       Bul  27.000              FK Sarajevo              Bos   4.250
Garabag Agdam            Azb  22.000              Piast Gliwice            Pol   3.850
NK Maribor               Slo  18.500              CFR Cluj                 Rom   3.500
Red Star Belgrade        Srb  16.750              FerencvŠros              Hun   3.500
Sheriff Tiraspol         Mol  12.250              Kalju Nomme              Est   3.500
Rosenborg BK             Nor  11.500              Sutjeska Niksic          Mon   3.000
HJK Helsinki             Fin   9.000              Partizani Tirana         Alb   3.000
Dundalk                  Irl   7.000              Valur Reykjavik          Isl   2.750
F91 Dudelange            Lux   6.250              Linfield Belfast         Nir   2.250
Shkendija Tetovo         Mac   6.000              HB Torshavn              Far   1.500
The New Saints           Wal   6.000              Riga FC                  Lat   1.125
Slovan Bratislava        Svk   6.000              Ararat-Armenia           Arm   1.050
AIK Stockholm            Swe   5.500              Saburtalo Tbilisi        Geo   0.950

See UEFA Champions League 1st and 2nd qualifying round draws (last year) for more info.

For the draw of the 1st round the 32 teams are divided into 2 group of 10 teams and 1 groups of 12 teams. The draw groups are as follows:
Group 1
seeded: FK Astana, Ludogorets Razgrad, Red Star Belgrade, Shkendija Tetovo, AIK Stockholm
unseeded: Suduva Marijampole, CFR Cluj, FerencvŠros, Kalju Nomme, Ararat-Armenia
Group 2
seeded: Celtic, Garabag Agdam, Sheriff Tiraspol, F91 Dudelange, Slovan Bratislava
unseeded: Valletta FC, FK Sarajevo, Sutjeska Niksic, Partizani Tirana, Saburtalo Tbilisi
Group 3
seeded: BATE Borisov, NK Maribor, Rosenborg BK, HJK Helsinki, Dundalk, The New Saints
unseeded: Lincoln Red Imps*, Piast Gliwice, Valur Reykjavik, Linfield Belfast, HB Torshavn, Riga FC

The draw for the 2nd qualifying round is made before the results of the preliminary round and the 1st qualifying round are known. Clubs of the preliminary round and the 1st qualifying round are seeded by the highest ranking of the clubs involved. The following unseeded teams qualified (and are seeded in the draw with the coefficient of their opponent in the 1st qualifying round).

2nd Qualifying Round for Champions (20 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Celtic *                 Sco  31.000              Maccabi Tel-Aviv         Isr  16.000
FC KÝbenhavn             Den  31.000              Sheriff Tiraspol *       Mol  12.250
Dinamo Zagreb            Cro  29.500              Rosenborg BK *           Nor  11.500
BATE Borisov *           Bls  27.500              HJK Helsinki *           Fin   9.000
FK Astana *              Kaz  27.500              Dundalk *                Irl   7.000
Ludogorets Razgrad *     Bul  27.000              F91 Dudelange *          Lux   6.250
APOEL Nicosia            Cyp  25.500              Shkendija Tetovo *       Mac   6.000
Garabag Agdam *          Azb  22.000              The New Saints *         Wal   6.000
NK Maribor *             Slo  18.500              Slovan Bratislava *      Svk   6.000
Red Star Belgrade *      Srb  16.750              AIK Stockholm *          Swe   5.500

See UEFA Champions League 1st and 2nd qualifying round draws (last year) for more info.

For the draw of the 2nd round the 20 teams are divided into 2 group of 10 teams.

2nd Qualifying Round for Non-Champions (4 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Basel                 Sui  54.500              PSV Eindhoven            Ned  37.000
Olympiakos Piraeus       Gre  44.000              Viktoria Plzen           Cze  33.000

The draw for the 3rd qualifying round is made before the results of the 2nd qualifying round are known. Clubs of the 2nd qualifying round are seeded by the highest ranking of the clubs involved. The following unseeded teams qualified (and are seeded in the draw with the coefficient of their opponent in the 2nd qualifying round).

3rd Qualifying Round for Champions (12 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Ajax                     Ned  70.500              Ludogorets Razgrad *     Bul  27.000
Celtic *                 Sco  31.000              APOEL Nicosia **         Cyp  25.500
FC KÝbenhavn **          Den  31.000              PAOK Thessaloniki        Gre  23.500
Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  29.500              Garabag Agdam *          Azb  22.000
BATE Borisov *           Bls  27.500              NK Maribor *             Slo  18.500
FK Astana *              Kaz  27.500              Red Star Belgrade *      Srb  16.750

See UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round draw (last year) for more info.

3rd Qualifying Round for Non-Champions (8 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Porto                 Por  93.000              Club Brugge              Bel  39.500
Dinamo Kiev              Ukr  65.000              FK Krasnodar             Rus  34.500
FC Basel **              Sui  54.500              Istanbul Basaksehir      Tur  10.500
Olympiakos Piraeus **    Gre  44.000              LASK                     Aut   6.250

The draw for the 4th qualifying round is made before the results of the 3rd qualifying round are known. Clubs of the 3rd qualifying round are seeded by the highest ranking of the clubs involved. The following unseeded teams qualified (and are seeded in the draw with the coefficient of their opponent in the 3rd qualifying round).

4th Qualifying Round for Champions (8 teams)

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Ajax *3                  Ned  70.500              BATE Borisov *           Bls  27.500
Celtic *                 Sco  31.000              Young Boys               Sui  27.500
FC KÝbenhavn **          Den  31.000              FK Astana *              Kaz  27.500
Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  29.500              Slavia Praha             Cze  21.500

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

Seeded teams                   coef.              Unseeded teams                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Porto *3              Por  93.000              FC Basel **              Sui  54.500
Dinamo Kiev *3           Ukr  65.000              Olympiakos Piraeus **    Gre  44.000

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 CL title-holder, the EL title-holder and the champions of the 6 top-ranked associations are placed in pot 1. If a title-holder is already in pot1 then the champion of the next-ranked association 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.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Liverpool (CL-TH)        Eng  91.000              Real Madrid              Esp 146.000
Chelsea (EL-TH)          Eng  87.000              Atlťtico Madrid          Esp 127.000
FC Barcelona             Esp 138.000              FC Porto *3              Por  93.000
Manchester City          Eng 106.000              Borussia Dortmund        Ger  85.000
Juventus                 Ita 124.000              Napoli                   Ita  80.000
Bayern MŁnchen           Ger 128.000              Shakhtar Donetsk         Ukr  80.000
Paris Saint-Germain      Fra 103.000              Tottenham Hotspur        Eng  78.000
Zenit St. Petersburg     Rus  72.000              Ajax *3                  Ned  70.500

Pot 3                          coef.              Pot 4                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------     ------------------------ --- ----------------
Benfica                  Por  68.000              FC KÝbenhavn **          Den  31.000
Dinamo Kiev *3           Ukr  65.000              Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  29.500
Olympique Lyon           Fra  61.500              Lokomotiv Moscow         Rus  28.500
Bayer Leverkusen         Ger  61.000              Racing Genk              Bel  25.000
FC Salzburg              Aut  54.500              Galatasaray              Tur  22.500
Valencia                 Esp  37.000              RB Leipzig               Ger  22.000
Internazionale           Ita  31.000              Atalanta                 Ita  14.945
Celtic *                 Sco  31.000              Lille OSC                Fra  11.699

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 (last year) 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:
*p=team started in preliminary round
*=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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