By going from 6th to the UEFA index, France risks losing a representative in the Champions League. But French clubs have the opportunity to win. to get back past the Netherlands.
France moved to 6th in the UEFA rankings, overtaken by the Netherlands at the start of the season. The points from the 2018-2019 season, during which French clubs scored two more points than Dutch clubs, were indeed higher than the previous ones. erased from the shelves since the index is calculated over the last five seasons. To recover this essential 5th place, because it grants a fourth ticket in the Champions League and a seventh in the European Cup, French clubs must have a superb season and hope for bad results for the Batavian clubs. But in the coming weeks, the French clubs will have their destiny in their hands.
Decisive weeks and three direct confrontations
In this context, the double confrontation coming between RC Lens and the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League involves a decisive issue for both nations: France is exactly 1,669 points behind, and Lens could make up one point. part. Each victory of a French club brings 0.33 points to the table. the index (2 points for a group victory, divided by six, the number of French representatives in the European Cup). But a Dutch victory brings even more to the Netherlands (0.4 points), since they only have five representatives in Europe (2 points divided by 5 = 0.4). ;
RC Lens therefore has the responsibility to to take vital points while depriving a Dutch club, this Tuesday evening and during the return match; like OM against Ajax Amsterdam on November 30. Positive results would also bring the French clubs closer to qualifying for the round of 16, which would bring 0.66 points to the table. France (4 bonus points, divided by 6) in the Champions League and at least 0.33 in the Europa League (0.66 if it is in first place in the group), while ;remote this prospect for the Batavian clubs. Obviously, the results of PSG, Rennes, Toulouse and Lille will also be decisive, like those of Feyenoord and AZ.
The French clubs are off to a better start
The French clubs have started rather well. their group stage in Europe, since they have 5 wins, 5 draws and only 2 defeats. Better than the Netherlands, who have 2 wins, 2 draws and 3 defeats. Even if each of their victories earns them more points, they already have more points. lost one of their five representatives and therefore an opportunity to gain points with Twente, eliminated in the Conference League play-offs. In addition, even if only two matches per group were played, 5 of the 6 French clubs involved are currently in the game. one of the first two places in their group, synonymous with qualification. Side Dutch, only AZ, in the Conference League, is in the first two positions of its group.
Four places in LDC, seven in Europe this year. e next
In the meantime, French clubs will have four places in the Champions League next year, because France was still ahead of the Netherlands at the end of last season. The 6th or 7th place in Ligue 1 will also qualify for the European Cup, in addition to the winner of the Coupe de France. In detail, the first three in Ligue 1 next season will automatically qualify for the league phase of the C1 in 2024-2025, the name “group phase” to disappear. The fourth place in the French Championship will have to go through two qualifying rounds: the third preliminary round then the play-offs. The fifth and the winner of the Coupe de France will go to the Europa League, and the sixth will go to the Conference League. Note also that at From this season onwards, the two best nations in the world The UEFA index over a season is rewarded with an additional place for the following edition of the C1.
What is the UEFA index by country?
It is this ranking which determines the qualifying places for the Champions League or the Europa League and the Europa Confé League ;ence. The higher the rank of the country, the more places they have for European competitions. Here is the current ranking:
1st. England: 91.678 points
2nd. Spain: 78.489 points
3rd. Italy: 74.569 points
4th. Germany: 71.909 points
5th. Netherlands: 56,500 points
6th. France: 54,831 points
7th. Portugal: 49,316 points
What is the UEFA club index?
If the ranking by country is important, that by club is important ;also to establish the seedings during the various draws. Here is the latest club ranking:
1st. Manchester City: 128 points
2nd. Bayern Munich: 124 points
3rd. Real Madrid: 110 points
4th. PSG: 99 points
5th. Liverpool: 98 points
6th. Chelsea: 96 points
7th. Manchester United: 89 points
8th. Inter Milan: 88 points
9th. RB Leipzig : 85 points
10th. AS Roma/FC Sevilla: 84 points
What is France's UEFA index?
France is currently at; 6th place and competing with the Netherlands to recover 5th position, which offers a fourth qualifying place in the Champions League (and a seventh in the European Cup). p>
How are UEFA index points calculated?
The coefficient ranking of clubs is calculated based on club results over the previous five seasons of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League. The ranking is used to determine each club's position in the UEFA club competition draws as explained on the official website.
The club coefficient ranking for the season is established on the basis of the results of the clubs involved in the current UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League. This classification, combined with à That of the four previous seasons, determines whether the club is seeded in the draws for UEFA competitions.
The club coefficients are determined ;s either by the sum of all the points won over the past five years OR the coefficient of the association over the same period, the priority given at the highest.
The season coefficient of an association (country) is calculated by adding the points obtained by all its clubs in a given season in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), UEFA Europa League (UEL) and UEFA Europa Conference League (UECL), then dividing the total by the number of clubs from this association having participated in the in the three UEFA club competitions in question.
What points are awarded?
Points in the UEFA Champions League Any victory at hand from the group stage: 2 points Any draw From the group stage: 1 point Participation bonus the group stage: 4 points Bonus for participation in the round of 16: 4 points Each round reached by the clubs at from the round of 16: 1 point
UEFA Europa League points Any victory at hand from the group stage (except the play-offs of the knockout phase): 2 points Any draw from the group stage (excluding the play-offs of the knockout stage): 1 point Group winner: 4 points Group runner-up: 2 ;points Each round reached by the clubs at agrave; from the round of 16: 1 point
Points in UEFA Conference League
Any victory at home from the group stage (except the play-offs of the knockout phase): 2 points
Any draw from the group stage (except the play-offs of the knockout stage): 1 point Group winner: 2 points Second in group: 1 point Qualification in semi-final and final: 1 point