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)

Qualification Rules

The rules for qualification to the E.F.U. competitions have changed for Season 179 onwards. The Euro-Cup has reverted to a straight knockout competition with 80 qualifiers. A preliminary round reduces the numbers to 64 and all remaining clubs play on a straight knockout basis from there. The Euro-League is still organised on a group basis, but the qualifying rules have changed and the maximum number of qualifiers from one country is three. Clubs from the top 12 countries gain entry directly to the group stage, the top 4 having three qualifiers, countries 5 to 8 having two and countries 9 to 12 having one, a total of 24 clubs. Qualifiers from countries 13 to 32 play off in two qualifying rounds to find the other 8 qualifiers to the group stage. The access lists are therefore now as shown below.

The headings in the table below 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 Q1
(8 x Q2) (4 x Q1)  
(16 x Q1)  
1 CH,N2,N3    
CW,N4 N5 6
2 CH,N2,N3    
CW,N4 N5 6
3 CH,N2,N3    
CW,N4 N5 6
4 CH,N2,N3    
CW,N4 N5 6
5 CH,N2    
CW,N3 N4 5
6 CH,N2    
CW,N3 N4 5
7 CH,N2    
CW,N3 N4 5
8 CH,N2    
CW,N3 N4 5
9 CH    
CW,N2 N3 4
10 CH    
CW,N2 N3 4
11 CH    
CW,N2 N3 4
12 CH    
CW,N2 N3 4
13   CH  
CW,N2 N3 4
14   CH  
CW,N2 N3 4
15   CH  
CW,N2 N3 4
16   CH  
CW,N2 N3 4
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
44 x EL
80 x EC
124 total
24
(32)
12
(16)
8
(8)
  48
(64)
32
(32)
124

The countries for each position in the table are based on the U.E.F.A. coefficient tables from the latest season or a season in the last few years. The top 32 countries from the tables are used, but some of the lower slots are modified according to my own preferences to include countries that are placed below 32nd in the relevant season's table. I use a general, but not hard and fast, rule that, for example, only one country may qualify from the former Yugoslavia. So, if Croatia are the highest such country in the list then Serbia or Slovenia would not be included in the list. Similar rules would apply to, say, the Caucasus countries and the Baltic states. this allows for other countries like Finland or Ireland to qualify and diversify the countries in my list. (Not that for these purposes Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales would form another such group from which only one may qualify.)

An example qualification table is shown below.

Alex Middleton 2017