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2024/25 UEFA Champions League: Bologna and Dortmund secure next season's European Performance Spots

Bologna from Italy and Dortmund from Germany have both earned league phase places for next season via the new new European Performance Spots.


The 2024/25 UEFA Champions League will be the first under the new 36-team league phase format, with Italy's Bologna and Germany's Dortmund gaining two of the additional four places to be filled by the European Performance Spots.

Last updated at 19:00 CET on Sunday 2 June.

What are the European Performance Spots?

The European Performance Spots go to the associations with the best collective performance by their clubs in the previous season's UEFA men's club competitions (i.e. the association club coefficient of the previous season, which is based on the total number of club coefficient points obtained by each club from an association, divided by the number of clubs from that association, in accordance with Annex D of the competition regulations).

Post-2024 format explained

Those two associations each earn one automatic place in the league phase ('European Performance Spot') for the club ranked next-best in their domestic league behind those clubs that have already qualified directly for the league phase.

Which associations have benefited from the European Performance Spots next season?

Italy and Germany finished in the top two of the 2023/24 association club coefficients and each earned a European Performance Spot.

2023/24 association club coefficients
1. Italy: 147.000 points / seven clubs = 21.000 average
2. Germany: 135.500 / seven = 19.357
3. England: 139.000 / eight = 17.375
4. France: 97.500 / six = 16.250
5. Spain: 128.500 / eight = 16.062
6. Belgium: 72.000 / five = 14.400
7. Czechia: 54.000 / four = 13.500

Which clubs take the European Performance Spots?

Both Italy and Germany have four automatic league phase spots for the 2024/25 campaign, meaning the teams that finished in the top four of both the Serie A and Bundesliga standings are assured of a place in the league phase.

Bologna, fifth in Serie A, will take Italy's European Performance Spot, while Germany's will go to fifth-placed Dortmund.

European Performance Spots

Italy: Bologna
Germany: Dortmund

Who else will qualify for the league phase?

The European Performance Spots make up two of the additional four slots for next season's competition. The other additional places are awarded as follows:

Slot three: This place goes to the club ranked third in the championship of the association in fifth position in the access list (France), which is determined by the five-year UEFA association club coefficient ranking up to the end of the 2022/23 season.

Slot four: This place goes to a domestic champion by extending from four to five the number of clubs qualifying via the champions path of the competition's qualifying process, which will consist of three qualifying rounds and the play-offs.

The 36 spots for the 2024/25 league phase will therefore be determined as follows:

2023/24 UEFA Champions League winner (1)
2023/24 UEFA Europa League winner (1)
England (4)
Spain (4)
Germany (4)
Italy (4)
France (3)
Netherlands (2)
Portugal (1)
Belgium (1)
Scotland (1)
Austria (1)
European Performance Spots (2)
Qualifying rounds – champions path (5)
Qualifying rounds – league path (2)

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