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Seeding in the Champions League 2024/2025

UEFA European Cup Football
by Bert Kassies

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This page shows the list of seeded and unseeded clubs for draws in the qualifying rounds and the league stage of the Champions League 2024/2025. The UEFA Club Ranking of 2024 determines the seeding of the clubs in the tables below. See Qualification 2024/2025 for a list of qualified clubs, and Access List 2024/2025 for an overview of berths per country. More detailed information may also be found in the official CL regulations (pdf or online).

This seeding list is according to the format of the 2024-27 period. All clubs eliminated in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League are transferred to the Europa League or the Conference League. For details, see the new Access List 2024/2025 and 2024-27 qualifying scheme. The 2nd and 3rd qualifying rounds, and the play-off round 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 clubs, and then the seeded and unseeded clubs are split into regional groups. The general approach seems to use the North/Central/South scheme, but no specific rules are known.

Until further notice Russian clubs are suspended from participation in UEFA competitions. The access list will be re-balanced as follows:

  1. The champions of Sweden (Malmö FF) and Poland move from CL-Q1 to CL-Q2,
  2. The cup winner of Norway (Molde FK) moves from EL-Q1 to EL-Q2,
  3. The cup winners (or runners-up) of Armenia (Ararat-Armenia), Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina (Zrinjski Mostar), Luxembourg (Progrès Niederkorn), Faroe Islands (HB Torshavn), and Northern Ireland (Cliftonville) move from CO-Q1 to CO-Q2,
  4. Since there are now only 15 CL-Q1 losers in CO-Q2ch, one of them gets a bye to CO-Q3ch (to be determined by a draw).

Italy and Germany secured an EPS spot: N5 moves to CL-LS, N6 to EL-LS, and N7 to CO-PO. But the EPS spots are awarded after all other rebalancing is done, so the clubs involved might change.

CL-Q1: 1st Qualifying Round for Champions (30 clubs)
(unseeded < 5.500, seeded > 6.500)
Unknown                        coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Ballkani              Kos   6.000
FK Borac Banja Luka      Bos   5.500
CH                       Arm   2.125 -  8.000
CH                       Alb   1.475 -  6.500


Seeded clubs                   coef.             Unseeded clubs                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
Ferencváros              Hun  35.000             .
Qarabag FK               Azb  33.000             .
Slovan Bratislava        Svk  30.500             Dinamo Batumi            Geo   5.500
Ludogorets Razgrad       Bul  26.000             NK Celje                 Slo   4.500
HJK Helsinki             Fin  11.500             Hamrun Spartans          Mlt   4.500
Flora Tallinn            Est  11.000             Larne FC                 Nir   4.500
FCSB                     Rom  10.500             Dinamo Minsk             Bls   4.500
KI Klaksvik              Far  10.000             FK Panevezys             Lit   4.000
Shamrock Rovers          Irl   9.500             Ordabasy Shymkent        Kaz   4.000
Lincoln Red Imps         Gib   9.000             Vikingur Reykjavik       Isl   4.000
The New Saints           Wal   8.500             FC Struga                Mac   3.500
RFS Riga                 Lat   8.000             Differdange 03           Lux   3.500
Petrocub Hîncesti        Mol   7.000             Decic Tuzi               Mon   2.000
.                                                UE Santa Coloma          And   1.199
.                                                AC Virtus                Sma   0.366

Before the draw the clubs are probably divided into groups. See last year's UEFA Champions League 1st qualifying round draw for more info.

The draw for the 2nd qualifying round is made before the results of the 1st qualifying round are known. Pairs of clubs of the 1st qualifying round are seeded by the highest ranking of the clubs involved.

Below it is assumed that high ranked teams of the 1st round qualify for the 2nd round. If other teams qualify some teams below may shift to a higher pot.

CL-Q2: 2nd Qualifying Round for Champions (24 clubs)
Unknown                        coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
HJK Helsinki *           Fin  11.500
CH                       Den   7.000 - 25.500

CL-Q1 *                        6.000 -  9.500
CL-Q1 *                        5.500 -  8.000


Seeded clubs                   coef.             Unseeded clubs                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
Dinamo Zagreb            Cro  50.000             .
PAOK Thessaloniki        Gre  37.000             .
Maccabi Tel-Aviv         Isr  35.500             .
Ferencváros *            Hun  35.000             Flora Tallinn *          Est  11.000
Qarabag FK *             Azb  33.000             FCSB *                   Rom  10.500
Slovan Bratislava *      Svk  30.500             KI Klaksvik *            Far  10.000
Bodø/Glimt               Nor  28.000             Shamrock Rovers *        Irl   9.500
Ludogorets Razgrad *     Bul  26.000             Lincoln Red Imps *       Gib   9.000
Sparta Praha             Cze  22.500             The New Saints *         Wal   8.500
Malmö FF                 Swe  18.500             RFS Riga *               Lat   8.000
APOEL Nicosia            Cyp  14.500             Petrocub Hîncesti *      Mol   7.000
.                                                CH                       Pol   5.075

Before the draw the club(pair)s of the 2nd round are divided into groups. See last year's UEFA Champions League 2nd qualifying round draw for more info.

CL-Q2nc: 2nd Qualifying Round for Non-Champions (6 clubs)
Seeded clubs                   coef.             Unseeded clubs                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
Slavia Praha             Cze  53.000             Dynamo Kyiv              Ukr  26.500
FC Salzburg              Aut  50.000             Partizan Belgrade        Srb  25.500
N2                       Tur  31.500 - 36.000    FC Lugano                Sui   8.000

The draw for the 3rd qualifying round is made before the results of the 2nd qualifying round are known. Pairs of clubs of the 2nd qualifying round are seeded by the highest ranking of the clubs involved.

Below it is assumed that high ranked teams of the 2nd round qualify for the 3rd round. If other teams qualify some teams below may shift to a higher pot.

CL-Q3: 3rd Qualifying Round for Champions (12 clubs)
Unknown                        coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
CL-Q2 **                      11.500 - 25.500


Seeded clubs                   coef.             Unseeded clubs                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  50.000             .
PAOK Thessaloniki **     Gre  37.000             Bodø/Glimt **            Nor  28.000
Maccabi Tel-Aviv **      Isr  35.500             Ludogorets Razgrad *     Bul  26.000
Ferencváros *            Hun  35.000             Sparta Praha **          Cze  22.500
Qarabag FK *             Azb  33.000             Malmö FF **              Swe  18.500
Slovan Bratislava *      Svk  30.500             APOEL Nicosia **         Cyp  14.500

Before the draw the club(pair)s of the 3rd round are divided into groups. See last year's UEFA Champions League 3rd qualifying round draw for more info.

CL-Q3nc: 3rd Qualifying Round for Non-Champions (8 clubs)
Unknown                        coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Salzburg **           Aut  50.000
N2                       Bel  14.500 - 64.000


Seeded clubs                   coef.             Unseeded clubs                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
Benfica                  Por  79.000             .
Glasgow Rangers          Sco  63.000             Lille OSC                Fra  47.000
Slavia Praha **          Cze  53.000             N2 **                    Tur  31.500 - 36.000
.                                                FC Twente Enschede       Ned  12.260

The draw for the play-off round is made before the results of the 3rd qualifying round are known. Pairs of clubs of the 3rd qualifying round are seeded by the highest ranking of the clubs involved.

Below it is assumed that high ranked teams of the 3rd round qualify for the play-off round. If other teams qualify some teams below may shift to a higher pot.

CL-PO: Play-off Round for Champions (10 clubs)
(unseeded < 35.000, seeded > 36.000)
Unknown                        coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
Maccabi Tel-Aviv **      Isr  35.500
CH                       Tur  31.500 - 36.000


Seeded clubs                   coef.             Unseeded clubs                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
Shakhtar Donetsk         Ukr  63.000             .
Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  50.000             Ferencváros *            Hun  35.000
Red Star Belgrade        Srb  40.000             Young Boys               Sui  34.500
PAOK Thessaloniki **     Gre  37.000             Qarabag FK *             Azb  33.000
.                                                Slovan Bratislava *      Svk  30.500

See last year's UEFA Champions League play-off round draw for more info.

CL-POnc: Play-off Round for Non-Champions (4 clubs)
Unknown                        coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
Glasgow Rangers *3       Sco  63.000

CL-Q3nc *3                    50.000 - 64.000


Seeded clubs                   coef.             Unseeded clubs                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
Benfica *3               Por  79.000             .
.                                                Slavia Praha **          Cze  53.000
The 2024-27 period has a new format for the league stage. All 36 clubs play 8 matches against different opponents in a single league. For the purpose of the draw the clubs are divided into 4 pots. The CL title-holder is placed in pot 1. The remaining places of pot 1 and the other pots are filled according to the club ranking. Each club will be drawn against two opponents from each of the 4 pots, playing one match at home and one match away against them. Clubs from the same country will not be drawn against each other in the league phase and each team plays at most against a maximum of two opponents from any other country (providing a deadlock in the draw can be avoided).

Below it is assumed that high ranked teams of the play-off round qualify for the league stage. If other teams qualify some teams below may shift to a higher pot.

CL-LS: League Stage (36 clubs)
Unknown                        coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
FC Barcelona             Esp  91.000
Shakhtar Donetsk *4      Ukr  63.000
AC Milan                 Ita  59.000
Feyenoord                Ned  57.000
Sporting CP Lisbon       Por  54.500
CH                       Bel  14.500 - 64.000

CL-POnc *4                   ~50.000 - 63.000

CL-PO *4                      35.500 - 36.000

CL-TH rebalance (Shakhtar Donetsk) or Eintracht Frankfurt   ~40.000 - 60.000
EL-TH rebalance (Benfica) or AS Roma                        ~50.000 -101.000


Pot 1                          coef.             Pot 2                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
Manchester City          Eng 148.000             Bayer Leverkusen         Ger  90.000
Bayern München           Ger 144.000             Atlético Madrid          Esp  89.000
Real Madrid              Esp>134.000             Atalanta                 Ita  81.000
Paris Saint-Germain      Fra 116.000             Juventus                 Ita  80.000
Liverpool                Eng 114.000             Benfica *3               Por  79.000
Internazionale           Ita 101.000             Arsenal                  Eng  72.000
Borussia Dortmund        Ger >97.000             .
RB Leipzig               Ger  97.000             .
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Pot 3                          coef.             Pot 4                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
PSV Eindhoven            Ned  54.000             .
Dinamo Zagreb **         Cro  50.000             Celtic                   Sco  32.000
Red Star Belgrade *4     Srb  40.000             AS Monaco                Fra  24.000
PAOK Thessaloniki **     Gre  37.000             Aston Villa              Eng  20.860
.                                                Bologna                  Ita >18.056
.                                                Girona FC                Esp >17.847
.                                                VfB Stuttgart            Ger >17.324
.                                                Sturm Graz               Aut  14.500
.                                                Stade Brestois           Fra  13.366

The top 8 clubs of the league stage qualify directly for the round of 16, while the clubs at rank 9 to 24 go to the play-off round of the knock-out phase. The clubs that finish at rank 25 to 36 are eliminated.

The draw of the knockout play-off round (and also the draw for the round of 16) is made by pairs of clubs based on the ranking in the league stage. One of the clubs goes to the left side of the schedule and the other club goes to the right side. They can not meet again before the final. For details see below (image from UEFA Circular Letter No36: July 2023).

KO-stage draw

Clubs at rank 9 to 16 in the league stage are seeded in the knockout play-off round and play the second leg at home. Clubs at rank 1 to 8 in the league stage are seeded in the round of 16 and play the second leg at home. In the knockout phase there is no country protection.

CL-KO: Knockout round play-offs (16 clubs)
CL league stage 9-16                              CL league stage 17-24
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CL-R16: Round of 16 (16 clubs)
CL league stage 1-8                              winner of knockout round play-offs
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KEY:

*=club started in 1st qualifying round
**=club started in 2nd qualifying round
*3=club started in 3rd qualifying round
*4=club started in play-off round
CL=Champions League
EL=Europa League
CO=Conference League
LS=League Stage
PO=Qualifying Play-off Round
Qx=Qualifying Round

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