UEFA change Champions League seeding system

Only the winners of the Premier League will be seeded in next year’s Champions League after UEFA changed the way the competition is organised, Sky Sports has reported.

The winners of the Premier League and leagues in Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Germany and Russia will join the winners of the Champions League in the 2014-15 edition of the tournament as seeds for next season.

As there are no English teams in the tournament now it has reached the semi-final stage, the winners will come from elsewhere and only the English champions will be seeded.

Previously seeds were based on a team’s success in Europe over the past five years. The new format means no country can have more than two top seeds in an effort to reward title winners.

Should the winners of the Champions League complete a double and also land their domestic title, the vacant seeded place would be taken by the winners of the next league down in the UEFA rankings – currently the Netherlands. PSV Eindhoven have already claimed the Eredivisie title.

Chelsea, eliminated from this year’s Champions League at the Round of 16 stage, are the current Premier League leaders, while the table in Spain is led by semi-finalists Barcelona. Italy have the same situation, runaway leaders Juventus reaching the last four of the Champions League, as have Bayern Munich, table-toppers in Germany. Real Madrid, second in La Liga and current holders of the trophy, round out this year’s semi-finalists.

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