Thanks to a very successful cup week, Czech football clubs are closer to finishing in the top 15 of the national coefficients after the season.
Cut of the match Slavia – Raków | Video: O2 TV Sport
After three wins and the advancement of Pilsen, Slavia Prague and Slovácko from the last 4th preliminary round to the groups, the domestic teams climbed to 13th place and after qualifying they have almost a points leading 16th place.
Fifteenth position as the last means five representatives on the European stage.
Due to the drop in the rankings, Czechia entered the cup season for the first time since 2014/15 with only four representatives.
Although Sparta was eliminated in the 2nd preliminary round of the European Conference League with Viking Stavanger, the other three teams managed to get into the group from the qualification.
It is currently being played for deployment until the year after next year. For the 2023/24 season, it has been decided that Czechia will have only four representatives.
Later this week, domestic teams managed to overtake 14th-ranked Switzerland, 15th-ranked Russia and 16th-ranked Ukraine. Russian teams are not included in the cups this season because of the war in Ukraine.
In order for Czech football to lose its position in the elite fifteen, three countries have to surpass it during the season.
The domestic clubs have a lead of 0.85 points over sixteenth-placed Ukraine, which also has three teams left in the game.
Seventeenth-placed Greece and eighteenth-placed Croatia are already trailing Czechia by almost two points, and they have just one representative left in the cups.
The domestic teams are nearly two points ahead of 19th-placed Denmark, who also have three teams left in the game.
Twentieth-placed Israel with two teams is already trailing by three and a half points, and twenty-first-placed Turkey is nearly four points behind. Four clubs will represent the country of the crescent moon in the groups, but the points are shared by five.
Czechia can also aim for the 12th place, which is currently occupied by the Norwegians. They have a slight lead of 0.2 points over the domestic clubs, and they have just two clubs left in their destiny.
Finishing in twelfth place could, in a favorable scenario, guarantee the champions a direct place in the Champions League group, but UEFA has not yet announced the 2024/25 promotion sheet. The last time Pilsen went directly to the main stage of the most prestigious competition was in 2018.
The ranking obtained is divided by the number of representatives of the given country during the cup, in the case of the Czech by four. In this year’s qualification, domestic clubs scored a total of 4,250 points after the division, which, along with Israel, is the most after Liechtenstein, which is represented by a single team.
In the preliminary rounds, one point is awarded for a win and half a point for a draw, in the main round two points are awarded for a win and one point for a draw.
Pilsen helped the domestic teams more in the qualification this year. The Czech champions went through three preliminary rounds in the Champions League, winning five times and drawing once in six matches, and earned nine-and-a-half points in total with four bonus points for progressing through the group. That’s why Viktoria became the most successful club in this year’s qualification.
Slavia advanced to the European Conference League group with four and a half points. In six matches, the Czech vice-champion won four times, drew one and lost once. On Thursday, the people of Prague celebrated promotion thanks to a 2:0 win after extra time against Raków Čenstochová.
Slovácko has recorded two and a half points so far this season. The team from Uherské Hradiště was first eliminated in the 3rd preliminary round of the Europa League with Fenerbahce Istanbul after an away and home draw, but then they managed to beat AIK Stockholm in the Conference League playoffs after two victories.