UEFA have announced that Italy will have a fourth automatic Champions League spot for the 2018/19 season as they profit from the new competition setup.

Italy will have four automatic Champions League spots for the 2018/19 season after UEFA confirmed that regardless of the results the Champions League and Europa League quarter finals, the coefficient of the top-six European teams couldn’t change.

Spain, Germany, England and Italy are the top four associations for two years’ time when the revamped European competitions come into play.

How it will work

·         The UEFA Europa League winners will automatically qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage (currently they can potentially take part in a play-off round).

·         The top four clubs from the four top-ranked national associations will now qualify automatically for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League.

France and Russia in fifth and sixth respectively, will receive two automatic spots and one qualifying spot. Russia has overtaken Portugal which means that only the Portuguese champion will be guaranteed a group stage place.

“The nations from seventh to tenth will all receive one automatic group berth and one qualifying spot, and Portugal, Ukraine, Belgium and Turkey currently hold those posititions.

“The Czech Republic and Switzerland, currently in 11th and 12th, would see their champions enter the play-offs and also join the top ten in being assured of at least one UEFA Europa League group slot.” – UEFA.com