E.F.U. Chart Soccer

E.F.U. (European Football Union) Chart Soccer is the equivalent of the U.E.F.A football competitions in my Chart Soccer system, 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)

E.F.U. Club Competitions

The E.F.U. club competitions comprise the E.F.U. Euro-League, a competition for the top teams in the top 32 leagues in the country rankings, which is similar in structure to the U.E.F.A. Champions' League. The other competition is the E.F.U. Euro-Cup, a competition for cup-winners and the next position(s) in the league below the Euro-League qualification slots. It is played on a straight knockout basis rather than the group stage that is included in its U.E.F.A. counterpart, the Europa League.

Qualification Rules

In the Euro-League the maximum number of qualifiers from one country is three. The top four countries have three qualifiers, all of which qualify directly for the group stage. The next eight countries have two qualifiers, but only the teams from countries 5-8 in the rankings both qualify for the group stage. The champions of leagues from countries 9-12 qualify for the group stage, but the runners-up from these leagues enter the competition at the Second Qualifying Round stage. Thus 24 teams qualify directly for the group stage, and eight others qualify via the qualifying rounds. Teams from countries 17-32 in the rankings play in the First Qualifying Round, and the 8 winners join the qualifiers from countries 13-16 and the second-placed teams from countries 9-12 in the Second Qualifying Round. The eight winners of this round join the 24 pre-qualified teams in the group stage. There are no "consolation" places for teams that are eliminated via the Euro-Cup. Two teams qualify from each group for the Round of 16 and it is straight knockout from there.


The Euro-Cup has two entrants from each of the countries in the top 32 of the rankings, i.e. a total of 64 clubs. These clubs all enter the competition at the first round stage and it is straight knockout from there.


The system is summarised in the tables below. The headings show the number clubs qualifying for each round from the previous round, e.g. (8 x Q2) means that 8 clubs qualify for that round from the second qualifying round. The figures at the bottom of each column show the number of new clubs entering at that stage of the competition, with the total number of clubs taking part in the round shown in brackets. CH = Champions; CW = Cup winners; Nx = Non-champion clubs.


Country
Ranking
Euro-League
Euro-Cup Teams
Group Q2 Q1
R1
(8 x Q2) (8 x Q1)  
 
1 CH,N2,N3    
CW,N4 5
2 CH,N2,N3    
CW,N4 5
3 CH,N2,N3    
CW,N4 5
4 CH,N2,N3    
CW,N4 5
5 CH,N2    
CW,N3 4
6 CH,N2    
CW,N3 4
7 CH,N2    
CW,N3 4
8 CH,N2    
CW,N3 4
9 CH N2  
CW,N3 4
10 CH N2  
CW,N3 4
11 CH N2  
CW,N3 4
12 CH N2  
CW,N3 4
13   CH  
CW,N2 3
14   CH  
CW,N2 3
15   CH  
CW,N2 3
16   CH  
CW,N2 3
17     CH
CW,N2 3
18     CH
CW,N2 3
19     CH
CW,N2 3
20     CH
CW,N2 3
21     CH
CW,N2 3
22     CH
CW,N2 3
23     CH
CW,N2 3
24     CH
CW,N2 3
25     CH
CW,N2 3
26     CH
CW,N2 3
27     CH
CW,N2 3
28     CH
CW,N2 3
29     CH
CW,N2 3
30     CH
CW,N2 3
31     CH
CW,N2 3
32     CH
CW,N2 3
48 x EL
64 x EC
112 total
24
(32)
8
(16)
16
(16)
  64
(64)
112

© Alex Middleton 2019