After this week’s European matches, the Netherlands still occupies ninth place on the UEFA coefficient list. Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord and AZ can do good business in the group stages in the coming months, because the countries under the Netherlands have already seen the necessary clubs being eliminated.
Important European year will expire for the Netherlands
The Netherlands (32,200 points) started the European season with five clubs, but lost to Willem II in the third qualifying round of the Europa League by a defeat against Rangers FC. Belgium (eighth with 32,900 points) and Austria (tenth with 31,425 points) also have four clubs that are active in Europe.
For the countries below, things still look less rosy. Ukraine did rise to 11th place (29,100 points), but has already lost two clubs with Kolos Kovalivka and Desna Chernihiv and still has three clubs that are active in Europe. Number twelve Turkey and number thirteen Scotland have to do with only two clubs in the group stages and can thus score far fewer points on paper than the Netherlands.
The Netherlands can also look upwards, because the gap with Belgium is only 0.7 points. However, there is no difference in the distribution of European tickets between eighth and ninth place on the coefficient list. For an extra Champions League ticket, the Netherlands must be in the top six.
It is extra important for the Netherlands to take the necessary European points this season. Next season, the 2016/2017 European year will be dropped and then the Netherlands took a relatively large number of points, mainly due to Ajax reaching the Europa League final: 9,100.
Belgium will also lose many points (12,500) after this season, but pursuers Austria (7,375) and Ukraine (5,500) will lose fewer points compared to the Netherlands.
A place in the top ten on the coefficient list ensures that the national champion immediately qualifies for the group stage of the Champions League. The eleventh place is also enough for a direct ticket, provided the winner of the million ball has already qualified via the competition.