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Seeding in the Europa 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 Europa 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 EL regulations (pdf or online).

This seeding list is according to the format of the 2024-27 period. Clubs eliminated in the the Champions League are transferred to the Europa League, and clubs eliminated in the Europa League, are transferred to the Conference League. For details, see the new Access List 2024/2025 and 2024-27 qualifying scheme. The 3rd qualifying round is 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.

All options for rebalancing (see Qualification 2024/2025) have the cup winners or runners-up of Denmark (Silkeborg IF), Croatia (NK Rijeka), Greece, and Israel move from EL-Q1 to EL-Q2.

EL-Q1: 1st Qualifying Round (12 clubs)
(unseeded < 4.275, seeded > 4.375)
Unknown                        coef.
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Paksi FC                 Hun   4.375
IF Elfsborg              Swe   4.300
Corvinul Hunedoara       Rom   4.275
CW                       Azb   4.025 - 10.000
CW/N2                    Kos   3.000 -  6.500
CW                       Mol   2.625 - 20.000


Seeded clubs                   coef.             Unseeded clubs                 coef.
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Tobol Kustanai           Kaz   7.500             .
Wisla Kraków             Pol   5.075             .
Pafos FC                 Cyp   4.420             .
.                                                Botev Plovdiv            Bul   4.075
.                                                MFK Ruzomberok           Svk   3.925
.                                                CW                       Slo   2.650

Before the draw the 12 clubs of the 1st round are probably divided into 2 groups. Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

The draw for the 2nd qualifying round is made before the results of the 1st qualifying rounds are known. Club-pairs 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 qualifying round qualify for the 2nd qualifying round.

EL-Q2: 2nd Qualifying Round (18 clubs)
(unseeded < 6.290, seeded > 10.000)
Unknown                        coef.
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N3                       Bel   9.760 - 16.000
Tobol Kustanai *         Kaz   7.500
Silkeborg IF             Den   6.290
CW                       Isr   6.225 - 17.000
CW                       Gre  >6.225 -  9.000

EL-Q1 *                        4.375 - 20.000
EL-Q1 *                        4.300 - 10.000
EL-Q1 *                        4.275 -  6.500


Seeded clubs                   coef.             Unseeded clubs                 coef.
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Ajax                     Ned  67.000             .
Sporting Braga           Por  49.000             .
Molde FK                 Nor  28.500             .
Rapid Wien               Aut  14.000             .
NK Rijeka                Cro  12.000             .
N3                       Tur  11.500 - 29.000    Kilmarnock               Sco   7.210
.                                                N4                       Srb   5.555
.                                                Wisla Kraków *           Pol   5.075
.                                                Pafos FC *               Cyp   4.420

Before the draw the 18 club(pair)s of the 2nd qualifying round are probably divided into 2 groups. Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

The draw for the 3rd qualifying round is made before the results of the 2nd qualifying rounds are known. Club-pairs of the 2nd qualifying round are seeded by the highest ranking of the clubs involved. Club-pairs from the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League are seeded by the lowest ranking of the clubs involved.

Below it is assumed that high ranked teams of the 2nd qualifying round and low ranked teams of the 2nd qualifying round of the Champions League qualify for the 3rd qualifying round.

EL-Q3: 3rd Qualifying Round (14 clubs)
(unseeded < 14.000, seeded > 26.500)
Unknown                        coef.
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Rapid Wien **            Aut  14.000
NK Rijeka **             Cro  12.000
N3 **                    Tur  11.500 - 29.000

EL-Q2 **                       9.760 - 20.000
EL-Q2 **                       7.500 - 17.000
EL-Q2 **                       6.290 - 16.000

CL-Q2nc @2                    22.500 - 34.500
CL-Q2nc @2                    14.500 - 26.500

CL-Q2nc @2 or Servette FC Genève (depending on rebalancing)


Seeded clubs                   coef.             Unseeded clubs                 coef.
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Ajax **                  Ned  67.000             .
Sporting Braga **        Por  49.000             .
Molde FK **              Nor  28.500             .
Viktoria Plzen           Cze  28.000             .
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.                                                Kryvbas Kryviy Rih       Ukr   5.600

Before the draw the 14 club(pair)s of the 3rd qualifying round are probably divided into 2 groups. Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

The draw for the 3rd qualifying round is made before the results of the 2nd qualifying rounds are known. Club-pairs are seeded by the lowest ranking of the clubs involved.

EL-Q3ch: 3rd Qualifying Round for Champions (12 clubs)
Unknown                        coef.
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CL-Q2 @2
CL-Q2 @2
CL-Q2 @2
CL-Q2 @2
CL-Q2 @2
CL-Q2 @2
CL-Q2 @2
CL-Q2 @2
CL-Q2 @2
CL-Q2 @2
CL-Q2 @2
CL-Q2 @2


Seeded clubs                   coef.             Unseeded clubs                 coef.
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Before the draw the 12 club(pair)s of the 3rd qualifying round are probably divided into 2 groups. Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

The draw for the play-off round is made before the results of the 3rd qualifying rounds are known. Club-pairs of the 3rd qualifying round are seeded by the highest ranking of the clubs involved. Club-pairs from the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League are seeded by the lowest ranking of the clubs involved.

Below it is assumed that high ranked teams of the 3rd qualifying round and low ranked teams of the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League qualify for the play-off round.

EL-PO: Play-off Round (24 clubs)
Unknown                        coef.
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Ajax **                  Ned  67.000
Sporting Braga **        Por  49.000
LASK                     Aut  37.000
Molde FK **              Nor  28.500
Viktoria Plzen *3        Cze  28.000
CW                       Bel  14.500 - 64.000
CW                       Tur  11.500 - 12.000
Hearts FC                Sco   7.210
N3                       Srb   5.555

EL-Q3 *3                      22.500 - 34.500
EL-Q3 *3                      14.500 - 29.000
EL-Q3 *3                      14.000 - 26.500

CL-Q3 @3
CL-Q3 @3
CL-Q3 @3
CL-Q3 @3
CL-Q3 @3
CL-Q3 @3

EL-Q3ch @2
EL-Q3ch @2
EL-Q3ch @2
EL-Q3ch @2
EL-Q3ch @2
EL-Q3ch @2


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Before the draw the 24 club(pair)s of the play-off round round are probably divided into 2 groups. Clubs from the same association cannot be drawn against each other.

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 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.

EL-LS: League Stage (36 clubs)
Unknown                        coef.
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AS Roma                  Ita 101.000 (if Atalanta wins EL then Roma to CL-LS)
Eintracht Frankfurt      Ger  60.000 (if Dortmund wins CL then Frankfurt to CL-LS)

CW/N6                    Eng  92.000 - 96.000
FC Porto                 Por  77.000
Tottenham Hotspur        Eng  54.000
Real Sociedad            Esp  51.000
AZ Alkmaar               Ned  50.000
Olympique Lyon           Fra  44.000
N7                       Ita >42.000 - 54.000
Athletic Bilbao          Esp >17.847
CW/N7                    Ger >17.324
OGC Nice                 Fra  17.000

CO-TH

CL-POnc @4
CL-POnc @4

CL-Q3nc @3
CL-Q3nc @3
CL-Q3nc @3
CL-Q3nc @3

CL-PO @4
CL-PO @4
CL-PO @4
CL-PO @4
CL-PO @4

EL-PO *4
EL-PO *4
EL-PO *4
EL-PO *4
EL-PO *4
EL-PO *4
EL-PO *4
EL-PO *4
EL-PO *4
EL-PO *4
EL-PO *4
EL-PO *4


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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.

EL-KO: Knockout round play-offs (16 clubs)
EL league stage 9-16                              EL league stage 17-24
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EL-R16: Round of 16 (16 clubs)
EL 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
@2=club eliminated in CL 2nd qualifying round
@3=club eliminated in CL 3rd qualifying round
@4=club eliminated in CL 4th qualifying 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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