UEFA Coefficients Explained - How exactly do they work?
How long will it take Italy to reclaim their position among the top 3 leagues in Europe? And will Germany overtake Spain in the UEFA Rankings?
Last season was Serie Aís last among the top 3 "superleagues" of Europe, at least as per UEFA... few had the courage to admit what was almost a mathematical certainty over a year ago, as explained in my article last year...
For me, now the key question now is how long will Germany be able to hold on to the 3rd spot, and whether they will displace Spain as number 2 league in Europe! But more on that later... first letís take a look at how UEFA Coefficients work...
UEFA Coefficients Explained...
As you may have heard, if Bayern had beaten Inter in the CL final in 2010, Germany would have already overtaken Italy in UEFA Ranking and we would be seeing only 3 Italian teams in the CL in the 2011-12 season... that bit is true. This is how the UEFA Coefficient rankings looked like at the end of 2009-10*:
*UEFA Coefficients have been rounded off to 2 decimal points for simplicity (in reality, 3 decimal points are considered)
To understand this a bit better, lets first understand how the UEFA Coefficients work. UEFA awards points or coefficients to clubs depending on the results they achieve in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League games. Two points are awarded for each win by a club, and one for a draw. Bonus points are awarded for qualifying for the Champions League group phase (4 points), reaching the second round of the Champions League (5 points), and reaching the quarter, semi and final of either the Champions League or the Europa League (1 point).
A leagueís coefficients for a season are just the average of the coefficients achieved by its clubs that season ie the total number of points awarded in a season to say Italian clubs is divided by the number of Italian teams that participated in that season. UEFA coefficients rankings consider the total of coefficients earned over the last 5 season period, so the 2010 League coefficients (as shown in the above pic) were just the sum of coefficients over the last 5 years (2005-06 to 2009-10).
These UEFA coefficient rankings are important because they determine how many teams from that nation qualify for European competitions. For example, the top 3 nations as per the 2010 UEFA Coefficient Rankings (England, Spain & Italy) are allowed 4 teams in the 2011-12 Champions League. Which is why Interís win over Bayern in the CL final was so critical for Serie A... if Inter has lost, you can easily see from the above table that Germany (64.21 + 2/6 = 64.54) would have overtaken Italy (64.34 Ė 2/7 = 64.05) in the rankings. That would have happened also in case of a draw after extra time (wins via penalty shootouts are not counted towards results).
Now letís analyze last season, and why we were so sure that Italy will lose their place to Germany. You may have noticed the big problem from Italyís point of view if you compare the coefficients of Italy and Germany in 2005-06 (in the previous table). There was a gap of 4.9 coefficient points, a gap which went out of the consideration set for 2011 UEFA rankings. To make the matters worse, Italy did much worse than Germany last season (2010-11). So the 2011 rankings ended up looking like this:
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Italy lost the 4th place because Uefa are idiots, because they use the same points systems for both CL and EL. Last season, Portugal had the best coefficient although they had only 2 teams in CL group stage where both failed to qualify for the knockout stage finishing 3rd and entered the EL where both of them reached the semi-final in addition to Porto resulting in a coefficient points of 18.800 more than any other league. Fuck UEFA :@:@
The rules were known for more then a few seasons, italian sides need to adjust and take the ecl more urgently as they could see they were losing their spot to the germans but they didn't. Only themselves to blame.
Forza Inter per sempre!!!!
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Not true anymore. UEFA have addressed the CL-Europa balance 2 years ago, so CL teams get additional points for going past each round, as compared to Europa. It is sad that the Italians have lost a CL spot, but IMO they have only themselves to blame. Italian clubs show little respect for Europa League, and even in the CL they haven't done too well as an average, disguised by a couple of long runs by Milan and one by Inter in the last 5-6 years...
Originally Posted by Pico32
Re Portugal, that was a strange one-off case... 3 of their teams reach the Europa Semis, that has to be one of the most remarkable feats by any nation outside of top 4 ever. You gotta respect them for that. IMO they deserved all their points!