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2017–18 UEFA Champions League

2017–18 UEFA Champions League
Tournament details
Dates June/July – August 2017 (qualifying)
September 2017 – May/June 2018 (competition proper)
Teams 32 (group stage)
77 or 78 or 79 (total) (from 53 associations)

The 2017–18 UEFA Champions League will be the 63rd season of Europe's premier club UEFA, and the 26th season since it was renamed from the European Champion Clubs' Cup to the UEFA Champions League.

Contents

  • Association team allocation 1
    • Association ranking 1.1
    • Distribution 1.2
  • Qualifying rounds 2
    • First qualifying round 2.1
    • Second qualifying round 2.2
    • Third qualifying round 2.3
  • Play-off round 3
  • Group stage 4
  • Knockout phase 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Association team allocation

A total of 77, 78 or 79 teams from 53 of the 54 UEFA country coefficients is used to determine the number of participating teams for each association:[1]

  • Associations 1–3 each have four teams qualify.
  • Associations 4–6 each have three teams qualify.
  • Associations 7–15 each have two teams qualify.
  • Associations 16–54 (except Liechtenstein) each have one team qualify.
  • The winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League and 2016–17 UEFA Europa League are each given an additional entry if they do not qualify for the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League through their domestic league. Because a maximum of five teams from one association can enter the Champions League, if both the Champions League title holders and the Europa League title holders are from the same top three ranked association and finish outside the top four of their domestic league, the fourth-placed team of their association will be moved to the Europa League.[2]

Association ranking

For the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League, the associations are allocated places according to their 2016 UEFA country coefficients, which takes into account their performance in European competitions from 2011–12 to 2015–16.[3][4]

Apart from the allocation based on the country coefficients, associations may have additional teams participating in the Champions League, as noted below:

  • (CL) – Additional berth for Champions League title holders
  • (EL) – Additional berth for Europa League title holders

Final ranking to be determined. Current ranking as of 21 October 2015.[3][4]

Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 Spain TBD 4
2 Germany TBD
3 England TBD
4 Italy TBD 3
5 Portugal TBD
6 France TBD
7 Russia TBD 2
8 Ukraine TBD
9 Belgium TBD
10 Netherlands TBD
11 Turkey TBD
12 Switzerland TBD
13 Czech Republic TBD
14 Greece TBD
15 Romania 25.383
16 Austria TBD 1
17 Croatia TBD
18 Cyprus TBD
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
19 Poland TBD 1
20 Sweden TBD
21 Belarus TBD
22 Israel TBD
23 Denmark TBD
24 Norway TBD
25 Scotland TBD
26 Azerbaijan TBD
27 Serbia TBD
28 Kazakhstan TBD
29 Bulgaria 13.125
30 Slovenia 13.125
31 Slovakia 12.000
32 Liechtenstein 10.500 0
33 Hungary 9.875 1
34 Moldova 9.125
35 Iceland 8.750
36 Georgia 8.125
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
37 Finland 7.400 1
38 Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.125
39 Albania TBD
40 Macedonia 6.000
41 Republic of Ireland 5.450
42 Latvia 5.375
43 Luxembourg 5.250
44 Montenegro 4.875
45 Lithuania 4.625
46 Northern Ireland 4.500
47 Estonia 4.250
48 Armenia 4.125
49 Faroe Islands 3.625
50 Malta 3.583
51 Wales 3.500
52 Gibraltar 1.000
53 Andorra 0.999
54 San Marino 0.333

Distribution

The table below shows the default access list.[5][6]

Teams entering in this round Teams advancing from previous round
First qualifying round
(8 teams)
  • 8 champions from associations 47–54
Second qualifying round
(34 teams)
  • 30 champions from associations 16–46 (except Liechtenstein)
  • 4 winners from the first qualifying round
Third qualifying round Champions Route
(20 teams)
  • 3 champions from associations 13–15
  • 17 winners from the second qualifying round
League Route
(10 teams)
  • 9 runners-up from associations 7–15
  • 1 third-placed team from association 6
Play-off round Champions Route
(10 teams)
  • 10 winners from the third qualifying round (Champions Route)
League Route
(10 teams)
  • 2 third-placed teams from associations 4–5
  • 3 fourth-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • 5 winners from the third qualifying round (League Route)
Group stage
(32 teams)
  • Champions League title holders
  • 12 champions from associations 1–12
  • 6 runners-up from associations 1–6
  • 3 third-placed teams from associations 1–3
  • 5 winners from the play-off round (Champions Route)
  • 5 winners from the play-off round (League Route)
Knockout phase
(16 teams)
  • 8 group winners from the group stage
  • 8 group runners-up from the group stage

The access list above is provisional, as changes will be made depending on whether the Champions League and Europa League title holders qualify for the tournament via their domestic leagues. The Champions League title holders always enter directly into the group stage. The Europa League title holders also enter directly into the group stage if either they or the Champions League title holders qualify for the group stage via their domestic leagues (if both teams qualify for the group stage via their domestic leagues, the champions of association 13 enter directly into the group stage). Otherwise, the Europa League title holders enter directly the play-off round, with the route they enter depending on the Champions League title holders:

  • League Route: If the Champions League title holders have qualified for any round of the League Route, or have not qualified for the tournament via their domestic league and are from the associations 1–12 in the access list.
  • Champions Route: If the Champions League title holders have qualified for any round of the Champions Route, or have not qualified for the tournament via their domestic league and are from the associations 13–54 in the access list.

The final access list will then be adjusted accordingly, with teams entering either earlier or later into the competition in order to ensure that the group stage consists of 32 teams and the play-off round consists of 20 teams. UEFA has published a detailed document outlining several possible qualification scenarios,[7] which are also covered in the regulations (Article 3.07).[1]

Qualifying rounds

In the qualifying rounds and the play-off round, teams are divided into seeded and unseeded teams based on their 2017 UEFA club coefficients,[8][9] and then drawn into two-legged home-and-away ties. Teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

First qualifying round

A total of eight teams are expected to play in the first qualifying round.

Second qualifying round

A total of 34 teams are expected to play in the second qualifying round: 30 teams which enter in this round, and the four winners of the first qualifying round.

Third qualifying round

The third qualifying round is split into two separate sections: Champions Route (for league champions) and League Route (for league non-champions). The losing teams in both sections enter the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League play-off round.

A total of 30 teams are expected to play in the third qualifying round:

Champions Route

Three teams which enter in this round, and the 17 winners of the second qualifying round.

  • Champions of League association ranked 13th (TBD)
  • Champions of League association ranked 14th (TBD)
  • Champions of League association ranked 15th (TBD)

League Route

Ten teams which enter in this round.

  • Third-placed team of League association ranked 6th (TBD)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 7th (TBD)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 8th (TBD)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 9th (TBD)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 10th (TBD)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 11th (TBD)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 12th (TBD)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 13th (TBD)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 14th (TBD)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 15th (TBD)

Play-off round

The play-off round is split into two separate sections: Champions Route (for league champions) and League Route (for league non-champions). The losing teams in both sections enter the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League group stage.

A total of 20 teams play in the play-off round:

Champions Route

The ten Champions Route winners of the third qualifying round.

League Route

Five teams which enter in this round, and the five League Route winners of the third qualifying round.

  • Fourth-placed team of League association ranked 1st (TBD)
  • Fourth-placed team of League association ranked 2nd (TBD)
  • Fourth-placed team of League association ranked 3rd (TBD)
  • Third-placed team of League association ranked 4th (TBD)
  • Third-placed team of League association ranked 5th (TBD)

NOTE: The winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League enter the play-off round if both they and the winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League have not qualified for the group stage through domestic performance. Should the winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League enter the play-off round, they enter:

  • League Route: If the Champions League title holders have qualified for any round of the League Route, or have not qualified for the tournament via their domestic league and are from the associations 1–12 in the access list.
  • Champions Route: If the Champions League title holders have qualified for any round of the Champions Route, or have not qualified for the tournament via their domestic league and are from the associations 13–54 in the access list.

Group stage

The 32 teams are drawn into eight groups of four, with the restriction that teams from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. For the draw, the teams are seeded into four pots based on the following principles (introduced starting 2015–16 season):[10][11]

  • Pot 1 contains the title holders and the champions of the top seven associations based on their 2016 UEFA country coefficients.[3][4] If the title holders are one of the champions of the top seven associations, the champions of the association ranked eighth are also seeded into Pot 1 (regulations Article 13.05).[1]
  • Pot 2, 3 and 4 contain the remaining teams, seeded based on their 2017 UEFA club coefficients.[8][9]

In each group, teams play against each other home-and-away in a round-robin format. The group winners and runners-up advance to the round of 16, while the third-placed teams enter the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League round of 32.

The youth teams of the clubs that qualify for the group stage also participate in the 2017–18 UEFA Youth League, where they are joined by the youth domestic champions of the top 32 associations.

A total of 32 teams play in the group stage: 22 teams which enter in this stage, and the 10 winners of the play-off round (5 from Champions Route, 5 from League Route).

  • Winners of 2016–17 UEFA Champions League (Pot 1)
  • Champions of League association ranked 1st (TBD) (Pot 1)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 1st (TBD)
  • Third-placed team of League association ranked 1st (TBD)
  • Champions of League association ranked 2nd (TBD) (Pot 1)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 2nd (TBD)
  • Third-placed team of League association ranked 2nd (TBD)
  • Champions of League association ranked 3rd (TBD) (Pot 1)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 3rd (TBD)
  • Third-placed team of League association ranked 3rd (TBD)
  • Champions of League association ranked 4th (TBD) (Pot 1)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 4th (TBD)
  • Champions of League association ranked 5th (TBD) (Pot 1)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 5th (TBD)
  • Champions of League association ranked 6th (TBD) (Pot 1)
  • Runners-up of League association ranked 6th (TBD)
  • Champions of League association ranked 7th (TBD) (Pot 1)
  • Champions of League association ranked 8th (TBD) (Pot 1 if title holders also win league and from top seven associations)
  • Champions of League association ranked 9th (TBD)
  • Champions of League association ranked 10th (TBD)
  • Champions of League association ranked 11th (TBD)
  • Champions of League association ranked 12th (TBD)

NOTE: The winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League enter the group stage if the winners of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League have qualified for the group stage through domestic performance.

Knockout phase

In the knockout phase, teams play against each other over two legs on a home-and-away basis, except for the one-match final. The mechanism of the draws for each round is as follows:

  • In the draw for the round of 16, the eight group winners are seeded, and the eight group runners-up are unseeded. The seeded teams are drawn against the unseeded teams, with the seeded teams hosting the second leg. Teams from the same group or the same association cannot be drawn against each other.
  • In the draws for the quarter-finals onwards, there are no seedings, and teams from the same group or the same association can be drawn against each other.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA Champions League 2015/16 Season" (PDF). UEFA.com. 1 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "How the Europa League winners will enter the Champions League". UEFA.com. 27 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Country coefficients". UEFA.com. 
  4. ^ a b c "UEFA Country Ranking 2016". Bert Kassies. Retrieved 21 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Preliminary Access List 2015/16" (PDF). Bert Kassies. 
  6. ^ "Access list 2015/2016". Bert Kassies. 
  7. ^ "UEFA Access List 2015/18 with explanations" (PDF). Bert Kassies. 
  8. ^ a b "Club coefficients". UEFA.com. 
  9. ^ a b "UEFA Team Ranking 2017". Bert Kassies. 
  10. ^ "Champions League: Domestic title winners to receive top-seed status". BBC Sport. 9 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Champions' bonus for group stage draw". UEFA.com. 24 April 2015. 

External links

  • UEFA Champions League (official website)
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