UEFA's Executive Committee has approved a new UEFA national-team coefficient system in Moscow.
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The new system reflects the real strength of each national team, as it now takes into account both the qualifying phase and the final tournament of the UEFA European Championship and the FIFA World Cup. UEFA sees the new, improved system as an important tool for ensuring sporting balance and fairness in both the qualifying phase and final round of the UEFA European Championship. It is used in particular for the pot allocation for the qualifying-phase draw and final-round draw.
Calculation is relatively simple, and each fan is able to calculate the coefficients on his own. The system will be applied after the UEFA EURO 2008™ final round in Austria and Switzerland. Click here to read more about the new national-team coefficient ranking system.
Women's U19 hosts
In other Executive Committee decisions in Moscow, F.Y.R. Macedonia were chosen as hosts of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship final round in 2010. "It shows that we're trying to develop football across the continent," said UEFA General Secretary David Taylor.
On the football development front, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Russia and Wales have been admitted as new members of the UEFA Grassroots Charter. The charter was created in 2004 and is an endorsement of national associations' grassroots programmes. UEFA's work centres on encouraging and supporting the associations in reinforcing their grassroots activities.
Signing the charter means that a national association satisfies certain basic minimum criteria. Associations enter with basic one-star status, and additional stars are given in relation to specific grassroots areas. Up to seven stars are possible under the endorsement scheme. "Football is not just about the top level," said Mr Taylor. "It's about how we progress with the development of the game in all European countries."
Armenia (A level) and the Republic of Ireland (Pro level) have joined as new members of the UEFA Convention on the Mutual Recognition of Coaching Qualifications. The convention's objective is to protect the coaching profession and smooth the way for the free movement of qualified coaches within Europe – in accordance with European law.