Ligue 1 drops among the top five leagues in UEFA’s most recent coefficient rankings, it has been overtaken by Eredivisie teams during the previous five years. Paris Saint-Germain became the first team to reach the Champions League final since Monaco in 2004, while Marseille’s involvement in the 2018 Europa League final was also the first since they reached it in 2004.
Meanwhile, recent European victories for Dutch clubs, like Feyenoord’s run to the Europa Conference League final in 2022 and AZ Alkmaar’s semi-final appearance this season. This has resulted in significant points for the Eredivisie. Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16 by Bayern Munich.
Why did Ligue 1 drop from the top 5 Leagues?
They were the only French team still competing in UEFA’s top two championships. Marseille had already finished last in their Champions League group, and Monaco, Nantes, and Rennes had all been eliminated in the first round of the Europa League. France’s poor European season may be observed in UEFA’s country coefficients. France was rated seventh in the 2022/23 season, with a score of 12.583. It finished third, below Belgium and the Netherlands but just ahead of Portugal.
UEFA’s coefficients are used to determine how many teams from each nation are allowed to play in its tournaments, with points awarded according to how clubs perform in the Champions League, Europa League, and Conference League. This season’s schedule has yet to be published on UEFA’s website, and the live calculations will alter from game to game, but French teams must outperform Dutch teams in Europe this season to reclaim the fifth position. However, according to UEFA’s calculations, Ligue 1 might slide out of the top five.
France appears to have a consistent supply of talented players. Apart from Brazil, it has the most soccer players playing beyond its boundaries, and its national team has been the strongest in the world for the past five years. The departure of great quality to the Premier League and La Liga is one of the reasons why Ligue 1 cannot compete with France’s national side. The most recent national team squad had only five Ligue 1 players, excluding Kylian Mbappe, who have a combined total of only 21 caps.