This page was the main page of the 2003/2004 season. All text has to be interpreted within that context. No changes are applied.
On this site you will find everything about the calculation of coefficients and rankings used for the qualification and seeding of teams for the Champions League and the UEFA Cup. There are no data on individual matches other then the results. Results and qualification data for the UEFA Intertoto Cup are not available at this site.
Specific data for the qualification of teams and formats of the Champions League and UEFA Cup for the 2003/2004 season can be found at the pages below.
Losing teams in the 3rd qualifying round enter the 1st round of the UEFA Cup, and third-placed teams from the group stage enter the 3rd round of the UEFA Cup.
No country can have more than 4 representatives in the Champions League. This implies that, if the defending cup holder comes from one of the top three ranked countries, and did not qualify directly for the Champions League, the fourth-placed team of that country has to participate in the UEFA Cup (e.g. Real Zaragoza in 2000).
If the defending cup holder already qualified directly for the group stage of the Champions League, the champion of the 10th country on the country ranking list will gain direct access to the group stage, the champion of the 16th country on the country ranking list will gain direct access to the 3rd qualifying round, and the champions of the 27th and 28th country on the country ranking list will gain direct access to the 2nd qualifying round. Similar changes are made if the cup holder already qualified directly for one of the qualification rounds, or if the cup holder did not qualify directly but is from one of the top three ranked countries.
If in the group stage of the Champions League two or more teams finish equal on points after all the group matches have been played, the following criteria are applied to determine the group rankings:
See the Regulations of the UEFA Champions League 2003/2004 (pdf file of 570 kB at uefa.com) for a complete and formal description of all regulations.
If the cup winner of a country also qualifies for the Champions League, then the losing team of the cup final is qualified for the UEFA Cup. If both cup finalists qualify for the Champions League, then an additional team based on league position will be qualified. However, the losing cup finalist does not get the UEFA Cup cup-winner spot, but is treated as a league entrant. The 'cup-winner' spot of that country goes to the team with the highest league position. In some countries (England and France) the last league entrant position is given to the League Cup Winner.
The place for the defending cup holder is only used when that team has not otherwise qualified for either the Champions League or the UEFA Cup. If this place is not used then the cup winners of the 17th and 18th countries on the country ranking list will gain direct access to the 1st round.
Because the UEFA changed the calculation of the yearly coefficients suddenly with the calculation of the rankings of 1999, there are two sets of coefficients for 1995-1998. Also for this reason I split my archive in 2 sections: see database.
The UEFA country ranking is computed by the sum of 5 coefficients in the
last 5 years. To determine the participants in
the Champions League and the UEFA Cup the last year ranking is used,
because each country should know at the start of the season how many
places it disposes.
The UEFA team ranking is computed by the sum of 5 coefficients in the last 5 years. In this list the yellow lines with country information indicate the lowest possible value for a team of that country (even if that team didn't play any game in the last five years). The most recent team ranking is used for seeding of clubs for draws in the Champions League and the UEFA Cup.
Before 1999 a number of strong teams in the UEFA Cup were seeded such that those teams do not meet in the first two rounds. To determine these teams, the sum of the ratio of the number of points achieved, divided by the number of games played by each team, was calculated for the past five years.
ResultsThe results of the European Cup matches, the UEFA coefficients, the UEFA country ranking and team ranking are available in the database.