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What happens if the UEFA Champions League winners have also qualified for the league phase via their domestic league position?

Who takes the UEFA Champions League winners' league phase place for the following season should the title holders have already qualified via their domestic league position?

The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League winners will automatically qualify for next season's league phase – but what happens if they have also earned a place via their domestic league position?

Last updated at 09:00 CET on Monday 27 May.

Post-2024 format explained

One of the main principles of the new European club competition format post-2024 is the important role of the club coefficient – namely, the club's performance in European competition over the current five-year period.

It is for this reason, from 2024/25 onwards, that should the UEFA Champions League winners have also qualified for the league phase via their domestic league position, the club with the best individual coefficient of all the domestic champions involved in qualifying (the domestic champions of associations 11 to 55*) will enter the league phase directly instead of the original round they had qualified for.

Note that the domestic title winners from associations one to ten will have already automatically qualified for the league phase.

What does this mean in practice?

The top ten coefficients for the league winners from associations 11–55 are as follows:

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) – 63.000
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) – 50.000
Crvena zvezda (SRB) – 40.000
PAOK (GRE) – 37.000
Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR) – 35.500
Ferencváros (HUN) – 35.000
Young Boys (SUI) – 34.500
Qarabağ (AZE) – 33.000
Galatasaray (TUR) – 31.500
Slovan Bratislava (SVK) – 30.500

The latest five-year club coefficients can be found here.

As Ukrainian Premier League champions, Shakhtar are now guaranteed to take the UEFA Champions League winners' league phase berth should such rebalancing be required. This is because they have the highest coefficient of all the champions from associations 11–55. The access list would subsequently be rebalanced accordingly.

*Note that as Liechtenstein does not have its own domestic league, its clubs play in the Swiss football league system.

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