The E.F.U.

The E.F.U. is the imaginary equivalent of U.E.F.A in my dice football competitions, and encompasses the championship competitions for both clubs and nations, although latterly the competitions for nations have not been played. There are two club competitions played: (a) The Euro-League, which is a mixture of knock-out and mini-league rounds à la Champions' League; (b) The Euro-Cup, which is a knock-out competition for national cup winners and lower league placings. Details of the results of these competitions can be found at the links below.

 • The E.F.U. Euro-League (Clubs)
 • The E.F.U. Euro-Cup (Clubs)
 • The E.F.U. Champions' Cup (Clubs)
 • The E.F.U. Championship (Nations)

Qualification Rules

The rules for qualification to the E.F.U. competitions are similar to those of the U.E.F.A. Champions' League and the Europa League, except that the E.F.U. competitions have fewer qualifiers overall. Only the top 32 countries in the coefficients table are eligible to enter teams into the two competitions. The Euro-League is open to the champion teams of those 32 countries along with the highest placed non-champion teams for those countries that can enter more than one team. The Euro-Cup is open to the national cup winners and/or the next highest placed teams in their national leagues. If the national cup winner in any particular country qualifies for either of the European competitions via another method (by winning the championship or by league position, for example) then the runners-up do not gain entry to the Europa Cup (unlike real life). The next team in that country's league that has not qualified for a European competition will gain the spot.

The qualification rules are governed by the "Access List", the basis of which is shown below. Each column represents a round in the early stages of each competition, and the codes represent the qualifiers for each country into each of those rounds. The codes stand for:

  • TH = Title Holder
  • CH = Champions
  • Nn = Non-champions in nth place
  • CW = Cup winners

The headings show the number of other teams that contest that round, e.g. (5 x NP) means that 5 teams qualify from the Euro-League Non-champions' Play-off Round for the Euro-League Group Stage. The numbers at the bottom of each column show the number of teams entering the competition in that round and, in brackets, the total number of teams contesting the round.

Country
Ranking
Euro-League
Euro-Cup
Group NCQ2 NCQ1 CHQ2 CHQ1
R1 Q3 Q2 Q1
TH

(5 x NCQ2)
(5 x CHQ2)
(5 x NCQ1)
(10 x CHQ1)  
TH

(25 x Q3)
(5 x NCQ2)
(5 x CHQ2)
(23 x Q2)
(4/5 x NCQ1)
(10/9 x CHQ1)
(18 x Q1)
 
1 CH,N2,N3 N4



CW N2 N3
2 CH,N2,N3 N4



CW N2 N3
3 CH,N2,N3 N4



CW N2 N3
4 CH,N2 N3



CW N2 N3
5 CH,N2 N3



CW N2 N3
6 CH,N2
N3


CW N2 N3
7 CH
N2


CW

CW
N2
8 CH
N2



CW N2
9 CH
N2



CW N2
10 CH
N2



CW N2
11 CH
N2



CW N2
12 CH
N2



CW N2
13
CH

N2
CH


CW
N2
14

N2
CH
CH


CW
N2

15

N2
CH

CW
N2

16



CH

CW
N2
17



CH

CW
N2
18



CH

CW
CW
,N2
19



CH



CW,N2
20



CH



CW,N2
21



CH



CW,N2
22



CH



CW,N2
23



CH



CW,N2
24



CH



CW,N2
25



CH




CW,N2
26



CH




CW,N2
27



CH




CW,N2
28



CH




CW,N2
29



CH




CW,N2
30



CH




CW,N2
31



CH




CW,N2
32



CH




CW,N2
57 x EL
70 x EC
127 total
22
(32)
5
(10)
10
(10)
-
(10)
20
(20)

7
(32)
17
(50)
18
(46)
28
(28)

The examples below show the qualification tables for the Euro-League and the Euro-Cup, with different scenarios based upon if or how the Title Holder qualified for the tournament in question.

Euro-League Example

For Euro-League qualification, it hinges on which qualification slot that the Title Holder would have occupied had they not won the previous tournament.

In the first example, the Title Holder would have qualified in the 4th slot, so that slot is vacated. As this is a slot that gets a bye to the non-champions' Play-off Round (NR#), the 2nd qualifier for country #7 gets a bye to the Play-off Round (NR#) and there are only eight teams in the non-champions' Qualifying Round (NQ#).

In the second example, the Title Holder would have qualified in the 3rd slot, so that slot is vacated. As this is a slot that would have had a bye to the Group Stage (G#), the champions of country #13 get a bye to that stage. In addition, as there would now be an odd number of teams in the champions' Qualifying Round (CQ#), the champions of country #14 receive a bye to the champions' Play-off Round (CR#).

Euro-Cup Example

The example screen shots below show two scenarios for qualification in the Euro-Cup. The two scenarios hinge on whether the Title Holder is present and in which slot they would have qualified in, or there is no Title Holder because they qualified for the Euro-League.

In the first example the Title Holder has qualified for the Euro-League and therefore the TH slot is vacant. This means that the 1st qualifier for country #7 would get a bye to the Round One/Round of 32 (R1#) stage, and the 1st qualifier for country #18 enters at the Third Qualifying Round (Q3#) stage.

In the second example the country of the Title Holder (country #2) were either the third qualifying team for their country, or would not have qualified had they not won the Euro-Cup the previous season, therefore the third qualification slot is vacated to compensate. This means that there is one fewer team entering the Second Qualifying Round (Q2#). Additionally, the 1st qualifier for country #7 has to enter at the Third Qualifying Round (Q3#), and the 1st qualifier for country #18 has to enter at the Second Qualifying Round (Q2#) stage. This scenario would vary according to which slot the Title Holder would have qualified in had they not won the previous tournament and gained the TH slot.

Alex Middleton 2016