Uefa considering Champions League seeding change

The way in which clubs are seeded for future draws in the competition could be altered in order to favour domestic title holders
By Kris Voakes

Uefa has confirmed to Goal that it is in the process of reviewing the current system of seeding in the Champions League.

The current setup sees clubs drawn from particular pots based on co-efficient ratings derived from past performances in Europe by both the club in question and teams from the same country.

This has led to clubs often being seeded above the domestic champions from their country despite finishing as low as fourth in the previous league season. In the 2014-15 draw, Arsenal were seeded in pot one despite having to qualify through the play-offs, while English champions Manchester City were only in pot two.

But Uefa has admitted it is looking into a new approach to seeding participants in the Champions League, with a report by Mundo Deportivo on Thursday suggesting the revised format could see league champions given priority.

The Spanish outlet claims that the favoured proposal would see the competition’s holders and the domestic champions of the seven highest-ranked leagues being seeded. Should the Champions League be won by a team which also wins their national championship, the winner of the eighth-highest ranked country would join pot one.

Uefa and the European Clubs’ Association have met to discuss possible alternatives to the current seeding system, but the continent’s governing body adds that proposals are yet to reach their final phase.

“Changes to the seedings systems are being considered by Uefa,” a spokesperson told Goal. “Any proposal would have to be approved by the Executive Committee.”