An explanation of the formation of the 32 teams in the 15-16 UEFA Champions League group stage and the UEFA Champions League system

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The UEFA Champions League is divided into three stages. The first is the qualifying stage, and the second is It is the group stage, and the third is the knockout stage.

Group stage

The number of teams that directly enter the group stage is 22 teams, specifically 21 teams directly promoted to the ranking system + Champions League Defending champions or Europa League champions (only after the 14-15 season), the football associations ranked 1 to 3 in the UEFA points system will each have three teams directly enter the group stage; the football associations ranked 4 to 6 Two teams each enter directly; the 7th to 12th football associations each have a team directly enter.

With 10 teams in the play-offs, a total of 32 teams will participate in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

The 32 teams are divided into eight groups, with four teams in each group for points competition. The two best performers enter the knockout stage, and the third place in the eight groups will enter the UEFA Europa League round of 32 knockout rounds.

Note:

(1). UEFA Ranking System Points The statistics are based on the last season’s points for the previous five seasons. For example, the 15-16 season Champions League teams are based on the 13-14 season as the ending season. Go The first few five seasons (ie 09-10 season, 10-11 season ., 11-12 season ,12-13 season ,13-14 season).

(2) Determination of qualifying places for the group stage

Before the 14-15 season (including the 14-15 season)

The 22 teams that directly advance to the group stage generally generate 22 teams directly for the ranking system (that is, the defending champions of the Champions League do not occupy the quota). These 22 teams are : The football associations ranked 1 to 3 in the UEFA scoring system will each have three teams directly enter the group stage; the football associations ranked 4 to 6 will each have two teams directly enter; Ranked 7th to 13th Football Associations will each have a team directly enter; if the Champions League defending champion occupies the spot (that is, the ranking system is not directly obtained through the ranking system, such as the fifth in the top three leagues) Ranked or lower (such as Chelsea in the 12-13 season) or ranked fourth or lower in the 4-6 league), then ranked 7th to 12th Each of the football associations has a team directly then to enter, the others remain unchanged. In addition, if the defending champion of the Champions League occupies the quota, the quota of the ranking system is automatically invalidated (for example, the defending champion of the Champions League ranks fourth in the league (UEFA points system ranking), then the defending champion of the Champions League will directly advance to the group stage. There is no need to participate in the play-offs. If ranked fifth or lower, the fourth-ranked team can only participate in the Europa League), that is, a league can have up to four teams participating .

After the 14-15 season

Because new rules stipulate that UEFA Champions League champions can participate in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Champions League group games The team quota remains basically unchanged. The only change is: when the Champions League defending champion does not occupy the quota, then the quota is reserved for the UEFA Champions League; when the UEFA Champions League defending champion occupies the quota, the UEFA Champions League must participate in the play-offs. And after the Europa League takes up the quota, the quota of the ranking system will not be invalidated (for example, the fourth of the league ranked first in the system can still participate in the Champions League play-offs), that is, a league can have up to five teams participating.

(3) Confirmation of the seeded team of the group stage

Before the 14-15 season (including the 14-15 season)

The seeded teams are the 32 teams that advance to the group stage and rank among the top eight in UEFA’s club points ranking system. Teams.

After the 14-15 season

The determination of the seed team should not only refer to UEFA’s club points ranking system, but also It is necessary to refer to the club’s performance in the league last season. This is to avoid league champions like Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain who participated in the European war with fewer UEFA clubs and lower points.


Next Start to introduce the 15-16 season direct entry 22 teams in the Champions League group stage


According to the above picture, from left to right, from top to bottom, the teams are in order (the brackets after the league name are the rankings in the UEFA scoring system):

Arsenal: Premier League (2) third

Atletico Madrid: La Liga (1) third

Barcelona: La Liga (1) first

Bayern: Bundesliga (3) first

Benfica: Portuguese Premier League (5) first

Chelsea: Premier League (2) first

Dynamo Kyiv :Ukraine Super League (9) first

Galatasaray: Turkey Super (11) first

Ghent: Belgium First (10) first

Juventus: Serie A (4) first

Lyon: Ligue 1 (6) second

Manchester City: Premier League (2) second

Monchengladbach: Bundesliga (3) third

Olympiacos: Greece Super (12) first

Paris Saint-Germain: Ligue 1 (6) first

Porto: Portuguese Super League (5) second

PSV: Eredivisie (8) first

Real Madrid: La Liga (1) second , The Champions League defending champions are not occupied

Rome: Serie A (4) second

Seville: La Liga (1) fifth, Europa League Cup champion, occupying the original Champions League defending champion spot and the ranking system is not invalidated, then Valencia, fourth in La Liga can participate in the Champions League play-offs

Wolfsburg: Bundesliga (3 ) Second

Zenit: Russian Premier League (7) first


The basis of the 15-16 UEFA Champions League teams European Championship points after last season (13-14 season), attached to UEFA’s official points system after 13-14 season


Qualification and Playoffs

Starting from the 2009/2010 season, there will be four qualifying rounds before the group stage (the fourth round is the playoffs), all The home and away two-round knockout rounds will determine another ten places to enter the group stage. There are two ways to participate in the qualifiers, namely the championship way and the ranking way.

The way to the championship to enter the group stage

The way to the championship is four rounds. The participating teams are the national league champions that cannot directly enter the group stage. The total number of participating teams There are slight changes in each session (new member states join, members banned from the rules, changes in the number of places in the straight group stage, withdrawal, etc.).

The teams participating in the first round are mainly the least powerful league champion teams (for example: Faroe Islands, San Marino, Andorra ), after the first round, there will be 37 domestic championship teams that are eligible to continue to compete (the number of participating teams in the first round is calculated based on the remaining 37 teams, such as 41 championship teams participating in the first round 4 teams need to be eliminated, so the 8 teams with the lowest ranking will play against each other).

In the second qualifying round, the weaker 34 of the 37 championship teams participated, and 17 qualifying places were determined to enter the third round.

In the third round, join the remaining 3 strongest league champions (usually ranked 14-16, after the Champions League defending champion or the Europa League champions occupy the places, they will be ranked 13-15), 20 champions decided 10 teams to enter the fourth round.

In the fourth round (that is, the play-offs), no new league champions will be added, and the 5 group matches of the championship path will be directly determined.

Please note that the Liechtenstein Football Association does not have its own league. Its only official football club participates in the Swiss league. Therefore, there is no league championship and cannot participate in the championship path; similarities include Monaco football club participates in the French league, but Monaco is not a member of UEFA; Vatican does not have a football club.

Ranking way to enter the group stage

Ranked third in UEFA's 6th league and ranked 7th to 15th in UEFA The 9 league runners-up of the Football Association directly enter the third round of qualifying. These 10 teams are divided into five pairs for the elimination round. The five winners are ranked 4th and 4th to the European ranking 1st to 3rd football associations. The fifth and third place in the league of the Football Association entered the play-offs together. These 10 teams are also divided into five pairs for elimination, and the five winners enter the UEFA Champions League group stage.

There are only third and fourth rounds of ranking. The participating teams are the top 15 football association clubs in the league. They are the second, quarter or third place in the national league, except for directly entering the group stage and In addition to the teams participating in the championship route, the top-ranked team in the domestic league.

If the defending champion occupies a special seat and is in the top three countries, this country will send 4 teams directly to the group stage and lose the qualification for the ranking path (for example, the 2012/2013 season of England’s Chelsea), there will only be 14 teams from 14 countries competing for 5 rankings in the group stage. In the third round, 8 teams will decide 4 teams, and the fourth round will join the stronger 6 teams to decide 5 Places.


The following will introduce the 20 teams that participated in the play-offs in the 15-16 season


According to the above picture, from left to right, from top to bottom, the teams are in order (The brackets after the league name indicate the ranking in the UEFA’s scoring system):

Athletics of Greece: Cyprus First (18) Champion, from the championship path

Astana Locomotive: Kazakhstan Super (34) Champion from the championship path

Basel: Swiss Super (13) champion, from Champion Path

Borisov: Belarusian Super League (22)Champion , FromThe way to the championship span>

Celtics: Scottish Super (23) champion, from way to championship

Bruges: Belgium (10) runner-up, from ranking path

CSKA Moscow: Russian Premier (7) runner-up, from ranking path

Dinamo Zagreb: Croatian first (20) champion , from the way to the championship

Lazio: Serie A (4) third, from the ranking approach

Leverku Sen: Bundesliga (3) fourth, from the ranking approach

Maccabi Tel Aviv: Israel Super (17) Champion, from Path to Champion

Malmo: Swedish Super League (24) champion , from Champions Path

Manchester United: Premier League (2) fourth, from the ranking approach

Monaco: Ligue 1 (6) third , span> From ranking approach

Partizan Belgrade: Serbian Super (27) Champion , From span> Path to the championship

Vienna Rapids: Austrian First (14) runner-up , from Ranking method

Shakhtar Donetsk: Ukrainian Premier League (9) runner-up , from ranking approach

Skdbiru: Albania (40) Champion , From Champion Path

Sporting Lisbon: Portuguese Super League (5) third , From the ranking path

Valencia: La Liga (1) fourth , From the ranking path


The first round of the UEFA Champions League play-off has ended. The result of the match is as shown in the figure below. After the second round, the UEFA Champions League can be produced. The last 10 teams in the group stage.


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