England risk falling to third in Uefa coefficient rankings



England began the current campaign on top of the Uefa coefficient rankings with 84.41 points, narrowly ahead of Spain who had 84.186 and Germany with 75.186. The latest official standings after last week’s European matches had Spain ranked first with 85.882 points, England second with 79.820 and Germany third with 76.757.

An association’s ranking is based on the results of each association’s clubs in the five previous Champions League and Europa League seasons. It is done by an average figure, calculated by dividing the number of points obtained by the total number of clubs representing an association in that season’s two club competitions.

Each team earns two points for a win and one for a draw in both the Champions League and Europa League and one additional point for each knockout round you progress in, although in the Champions League teams get four points for participating in the group stage and four points for qualifying from their group.

Arsenal accrued two points following their victory in Munich last night, despite losing the tie overall. However, with no English team left in the Champions League and as Bayern and Dortmund appear capable of going all the way this season, Germany could move up the national coefficient rankings by May.

If England are to hold on to second spot then they will need their teams competing in the Europa League to progress. Tottenham, Newcastle and Chelsea all play tonight and could advance to the quarter-finals, while Stuttgart will have to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Lazio to avoid exiting the competition.

While Germany leapfrogging England in the rankings may be symbolic and significant regarding the current status of the Premier League and Bundesliga, it would not impact on the number of Champions League places awarded.

Michel Platini, the Uefa president, may change the format beyond the 2015-16 campaign but presently the top three nations in Uefa’s coefficient ranking are given four places in the tournament for the season after next, meaning this year’s results will only come into effect during 2014-15.

Read England risk falling to third in Uefa coefficient rankings

Top 10 Clubs

Accoridng to UEFA the top 10 clubs in the rankings are:


08/09 09/10 10/11 11/12 12/13 Pts
1FC BarcelonaBarcelona ESP 28.662 30.585 36.642 34.171 23.228 153.290
2FC Bayern MünchenBayern München GER 22.537 30.616 24.133 33.050 23.014 133.351
3Real Madrid CFReal Madrid ESP 14.662 22.585 33.642 36.171 24.228 131.290
4Manchester United FCManchester United ENG 28.000 28.585 36.671 16.050 20.714 130.021
5Chelsea FCChelsea ENG 25.000 22.585 26.671 33.050 16.714 124.021
6Arsenal FCArsenal ENG 22.000 25.585 22.671 22.050 20.714 113.021
7FC PortoFC Porto POR 17.357 21.000 31.760 12.366 22.016 104.500
8FC Internazionale MilanoInternazionale  ITA 13.275 34.085 21.314 20.271 14.683 103.629
9Valencia CFValencia CF ESP 13.662 19.585 21.642 25.171 22.228 102.290
10Club Atlético de MadridAtlético Madrid ESP 17.662 24.585 9.642 34.171 13.228 99.290



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