English clubs may lose fourth Champions League spot

Chelsea
Chelsea were beaten by Paris St-Germain in the Champions League last 16 last season

The Premier League is in danger of losing a fourth Champions League spot in the 2017-18 season if poor European performances continue this season.

English teams have not reached the Champions League quarter-finals in two of the past three seasons.

New coefficient rankings, calculated over a five-year period, show England are third, behind Spain and Germany.

Italy are fourth, four points behind England. The top three ranked countries receive four Champions League places.

Performances in both Uefa competitions - Champions League and Europa League - are taken into consideration for the rankings with more points awarded in the elite competition (see tables at bottom of this page).

Points are awarded for qualifying for the group stages and then for each knockout round negotiated.

Four English teams have qualified for the group stages of this season's Champions League, against just two from Italy, thus earning more bonus points.

However, if last season's results were repeated - Juventus reached the Champions League final with Napoli and Fiorentina reaching the Europa League semi-finals - then Italy would jump ahead of England.

There are two English teams left in the Europa League and three from Italy.

The 2017-18 season will be the first where the 2010-11 season drops out of the reckoning.

That season saw Manchester United reach the Champions League final, where they were beaten by Barcelona at Wembley, while Tottenham and Chelsea made the quarter-finals.

How the points are calculated

Uefa: How country coefficients are calculated over a five-year period (external site)

Champions League
Qualifying/play-off round win - 1 point
Qualifying/play-off round draw - 0.5 points
Group stage participation - 4 points
Group stage win - 2 points
Group stage draw - 1 point
Round of 16 participation - 4 points
Clubs are awarded an additional point each time if they reach the round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals or final
Europa League
Qualifying/play-off round win - 1 point
Qualifying/play-off round draw - 0.5 points
Group stage win - 2 points
Group stage draw - 1 point
Clubs are awarded an additional point each time if they reach the quarter-finals, semi-finals or final
Current Uefa coefficient standings
Statistics correct as of 22 September 2015
2011-122012-132013-142014-152015-16Total
Spain20.85717.71423.00014.6424.64286.427
Germany15.25017.92814.71413.8574.42868.177
England15.25016.42816.78512.8573.62565.659
Italy11.35714.41614.16619.0002.66661.605

English teams in the Champions League

Graphic of English clubs' performance in Champions League from 1996-97 to 2014-15
The last English team to reach the Champions League final was Chelsea in 2012

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