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Seeding in the Europa League 2022/2023

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 group stage of the Europa League 2022/2023. The UEFA Club Ranking of 2022 determines the seeding of the clubs in the tables below. See Qualification 2022/2023 for a list of qualified clubs, and Access List 2022/2023 for an overview of berths per country. More detailed information may also be found in the EL regulations (pdf or online).

This seeding list is according to the format of the 2021-24 period. All clubs eliminated in the qualifying round and play-off round of the Europa League are transferred to the Europa Conference League. For details, see the new Access List 2022/2023 and 2021-24 qualifying scheme. The qualifying round of the Europa League is split into two sections: one for champions and one for non-champions. The new Europa league has no 1st and 2nd qualifying round.

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

  1. The champion of Scotland (Celtic) moves from CL-PO to CL-GS,
  2. The champion of Turkey (Trabzonspor) moves from CL-Q3 to CL-PO,
  3. The champion of Cyprus (Apollon Limassol) moves from CL-Q2 to CL-Q3,
  4. The champions of Croatia (Dinamo Zagreb) and Switzerland (FC Zürich) move from CL-Q1 to CL-Q2,
  5. The runners-up of Austria (Sturm Graz) and Scotland (Glasgow Rangers) move from CL-Q2nc to CL-Q3nc,
  6. The cup winner of Turkey (Sivasspor) and the 3rd team of Denmark (Silkeborg IF) move from EL-Q3 to EL-PO,
  7. The runner-up of Serbia (Partizan Belgrade) moves from ECL-Q2 to EL-Q3,
  8. The cup winners of Czechia (1.FC Slovácko), Croatia (Hajduk Split), and Switzerland (FC Lugano) move from ECL-Q2 to ECL-Q3,
  9. The cup winners (or runners-up) of Poland (Raków Czestochowa), Slovenia (NK Koper), Slovakia (Spartak Trnava), Liechtenstein (FC Vaduz), Lithuania (Suduva Marijampole), Luxembourg (Racing Union Luxembourg), Bosnia-Herzegovina (Velez Mostar), Ireland (St. Patrick's Athletic), North Macedonia (Makedonija GjP), and Armenia (Ararat-Armenia) move from ECL-Q1 to ECL-Q2,
  10. As a result there will be only 16 CL-Q1 losers in ECL-Q2ch, one of them gets a bye to ECL-Q3ch (to be determined by a draw).

The Europa Conference League title holder (AS Roma) qualified already for the EL group stage by the domestic league. The access list will be re-balanced as follows:

  1. The cup winner of the Netherlands (Feyenoord) moves from EL-PO to EL-GS,
  2. The cup winner of Cyprus (Omonia Nicosia) moves from EL-Q3 to EL-PO,
  3. The cup winner of Czechia (1.FC Slovácko) moves from ECL-Q3 to EL-Q3,
  4. The cup winner of Greece (Panathinaikos) moves from ECL-Q2 to ECL-Q3,
  5. The cup winners (or runners-up) of Latvia (Valmieras FK) and Albania (Vllaznia Shkodër) move from ECL-Q1 to ECL-Q2.

EL-Q3: Qualifying Round (4 clubs)
Seeded clubs                   coef.             Unseeded clubs                 coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
Partizan Belgrade        Srb  24.500             Fenerbahçe @2            Tur  14.500
1.FC Slovácko            Cze   5.560             AEK Larnaca @2           Cyp   7.500

Clubs in EL-Q3 that qualify directly are seeded above clubs eliminated from CL-Q2nc. Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn against each other. See UEFA Europa League 3rd qualifying round draw for more info.

EL-Q3ch: Qualifying Round for Champions (10 clubs)
No seeding                     coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
Olympiakos Piraeus @2    Gre  41.000
Malmö FF @2              Swe  23.500
NK Maribor @2            Slo  14.000
Slovan Bratislava @2     Svk  13.000
HJK Helsinki @2          Fin   8.500
F91 Dudelange @2         Lux   8.500
Shamrock Rovers @2       Irl   7.000
Linfield Belfast @2      Nir   7.000
FC Zürich @2             Sui   7.000
FK Shkupi @2             Mac   4.500

No clubs are seeded for EL-Q3ch. An open draw is held to determine pairings.

EL-PO: Play-off Round (20 clubs)
Priority 1                     coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
AA Gent                  Bel  27.500
Austria Wien             Aut   7.770
Hearts FC                Sco   7.380
Sivasspor                Tur   6.500
SC Dnipro-1              Ukr   6.360
Silkeborg IF             Den   5.435

Priority 2                     coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
Ludogorets Razgrad @3    Bul  23.000
Sheriff Tiraspol @3      Mol  22.500
Ferencváros @3           Hun  15.500
Apollon Limassol @3      Cyp  14.000
Zalgiris Vilnius @3      Lit   8.000
Pyunik Yerevan @3        Arm   4.250

Priority 3                     coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
Olympiakos Piraeus @2    Gre  41.000
Malmö FF @2              Swe  23.500
HJK Helsinki @2          Fin   8.500
FC Zürich @2             Sui   7.000
Shamrock Rovers @2       Irl   7.000

Priority 4                     coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------
Fenerbahçe @2            Tur  14.500
AEK Larnaca @2           Cyp   7.500
Omonia Nicosia           Cyp   7.000

After rebalancing of the access list Omonia Nicosia got a bye for EL-Q3, but for the purpose of the draw they were still put in the Priority 4 group. The teams are drawn in accordance with the priorities in the following order:
1) P1 teams are drawn against P4 teams.
2) The remaining P1 teams are drawn against P3 teams.
3) The remaining P3 teams are drawn against P2 teams.
4) The remaining P2 teams are drawn against each other.

Once the play-off round has been completed, the 32 remaining clubs are drawn into eight groups of four. For the purpose of the draw the clubs are divided into 4 pots. The ECL title-holder is placed in pot 1, and then all pots are filled according to the club ranking.

EL-GS: Group Stage (32 clubs)
Pot 1                          coef.             Pot 2                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
AS Roma                  Ita 100.000             Feyenoord                Ned  40.000
Manchester United        Eng 105.000             Stade Rennais            Fra  33.000
Arsenal                  Eng  80.000             PSV Eindhoven @4         Ned  33.000
Lazio                    Ita  53.000             AS Monaco @3             Fra  26.000
Sporting Braga           Por  46.000             Real Sociedad            Esp  26.000
Red Star Belgrade @4     Srb  46.000             Qarabag FK @4            Azb  25.000
Dinamo Kyiv @4           Ukr  44.000             Malmö FF @2              Swe  23.500
Olympiakos Piraeus @2    Gre  41.000             Ludogorets Razgrad @3    Bul  23.000

Pot 3                          coef.             Pot 4                          coef.
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
Sheriff Tiraspol @3      Mol  22.500             FC Nantes                Fra  12.016
Real Betis               Esp  21.000             HJK Helsinki @2          Fin   8.500
FC Midtjylland @3        Den  19.000             Sturm Graz @3            Aut   7.770
Bodø/Glimt @4            Nor  17.000             AEK Larnaca @2           Cyp   7.500
Ferencváros @3           Hun  15.500             Omonia Nicosia *4        Cyp   7.000
Union Berlin             Ger  15.042             FC Zürich @2             Sui   7.000
SC Freiburg              Ger  15.042             Union Saint-Gilloise @3  Bel   6.120
Fenerbahçe @2            Tur  14.500             Trabzonspor @4           Tur   5.500

Clubs from the same association will not be drawn into the same group and are paired to play on separate days as much as possible. The groups A-D are assigned a red colour and the groups E-H are blue. When a paired club is drawn into a group the other paired club can only be drawn into a group with another colour. See last year's UEFA Europa League group stage draw for more info.

A computer draw determines the fixtures such that each club plays one home and one away match against each other club in its group. A club does not play more than two home or two away matches in a row and each club plays one home match and one away match on the first two matchdays and the last two matchdays.

The eight group-winners of the group stage qualify for the round of 16. The eight runners-up of the group stage qualify for the knockout round play-offs of the Europa League. The clubs that finish this stage in third position in their group qualify for the knockout play-offs of the Europa Conference League. The clubs that finish this stage in fourth position in their group are eliminated.

In the knockout round play-offs the runners-up of the Europa League group stage are seeded above the teams that finish third in the UEFA Champions League group stage. Clubs from the same association can not be drawn against each other.

EL-KO: Knockout round play-offs (16 clubs)
2nd in EL group                                  3rd in CL group
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
PSV Eindhoven @4         Ned  33.000             Ajax #                   Ned  82.500
Stade Rennais            Fra  33.000             Bayer Leverkusen #       Ger  53.000
AS Roma                  Ita 100.000             FC Barcelona #           Esp 114.000
Union Berlin             Ger  15.042             Sporting CP Lisbon #     Por  55.500
Manchester United        Eng 105.000             FC Salzburg #            Aut  71.000
FC Midtjylland @3        Den  19.000             Shakhtar Donetsk #       Ukr  71.000
FC Nantes                Fra  12.016             Sevilla #                Esp  91.000
AS Monaco @3             Fra  26.000             Juventus #               Ita 107.000

For the round of 16, the group winners are seeded above the eight winners of the knockout round play-offs. Clubs from the same association can not be drawn against each other.

EL-R16: Round of 16 (16 clubs)
1st in EL group                                  winner of knockout round play-offs
------------------------ --- ----------------    ------------------------ --- ----------------
Arsenal                  Eng  80.000             .
Fenerbahçe @2            Tur  14.500             .
Real Betis               Esp  21.000             .
Union Saint-Gilloise @3  Bel   6.120             .
Real Sociedad            Esp  26.000             .
Feyenoord                Ned  40.000             .
SC Freiburg              Ger  15.042             .
Ferencváros @3           Hun  15.500             .

For the draw of the quarter-finals and semi-finals no clubs will be seeded.


*3=club started in 3rd qualifying round
*4=club started in play-off round
@2=club eliminated in CL 2nd qualifying round
@3=club eliminated in CL 3rd qualifying round
@4=club eliminated in CL 4th qualifying round
#=qualified for knockout round play-offs from group stage of the Champions League
*!=Russian clubs are suspended

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