The UEFA country ranking is computes by taking an average of the total number of points divided by the total number of clubs of each country over the last five years. To determine the participants in UEFA League football, the previous year’s ranking is used. However, English Premier League tops the list & followed by La Liga and Serie A.
Lets take a better look at the Top 7 Football leagues by UEFA rankings.
#7 Eredivisie | Netharlands
The Eredivisie consists of 18 clubs. Each club meets every other club twice during the season, once at home and once away. At the end of each season, the two clubs at the bottom are automatically relegates to the second level of the Dutch league system. The Eerste Divisie (First Division), while the champion and runner-up of the Eerste Divisie are automatically promotes to the Eredivisie. The club finishing third from the bottom of the bottom of the Eredivisie goes to separate promotion play-offs with eight high-placed clubs from the Eerste Divisie.
The winner of the Eredivisie claims the Dutch national championship. Ajax has won the most titles, with 35 national titles. PSV Eindhoven are next with 24, and Feyenoord follow with 15. Since 1965, these three clubs have won all but three Eredivisie titles.
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#6 Ligue 1 | France
Ligue 1 was inaugurated on 11 September 1932. Although, under the name National before switching to Division 1 after a year of existence. It continued to operate under that name until 2002, when it adopted its current name. AS Saint-Étienne is the most successful club with ten league titles in France. While Olympique Lyonnais is the club that has won the most consecutive titles (seven between 2002 and 2008). With the presence of 71 seasons in Ligue 1, Olympique de Marseille hold the record for most seasons among the elite. While Paris Saint-Germain hold the league record for longevity with 47 consecutive seasons.
Seasons run from August to May. Clubs play two matches against each of the other teams in the league – one home and one away. Also totalling to 38 matches over the course of the season. As of 2018, Ligue 1 is one of the top national leagues, ranked fifth in Europe. Just behind England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A.
#5 Primeira Liga | Portugal
The Primeira Liga has increased its reputation in recent years. Also occupying the sixth place of UEFA’s national league ranking, as of 2021. It broke into the top five for the first time in the 2011–12 season. Also, passing the French Ligue 1, one of the historical “big five” European leagues, for the first time since 1990. The Primeira Liga also reached a world ranking of fourth according to IFFHS’s 2011 ranking. Founded in 1934 as an experimental (now official) league called Campeonato da Liga da Primeira Divisão. It was named Campeonato Nacional da Primeira Divisão from 1938 until 1999.
When it was changed to its current naming. Over 70 teams have competed in the Primeira Liga, but only five have been crowned champions. Among them, the “Big Three” teams Benfica (37 wins), Porto (29 wins) and Sporting CP (19 wins) – have won all but two Primeira Liga titles; the other winners are Belenenses (1945–46) and Boavista (2000–01).
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#4 Bundesliga | Germany
The Bundesliga was founded in 1962 in Dortmund and the first season started in 1963. The structure and organisation of the Bundesliga, along with Germany’s other football leagues, have undergone frequent changes. The Bundesliga was founded by the Deutscher Fußball-Bund . The Bundesliga is the number one football league in the world in terms of average attendance; out of all sports.
Fifty-six clubs have competed in the Bundesliga since its founding. Bayern Munich has won the title 30 times, the most among Bundesliga clubs. However, the Bundesliga has seen other champions. Along with Borussia Dortmund, Hamburger SV, Werder Bremen, Borussia Mönchengladbach, and VfB Stuttgart most prominent among them. The Bundesliga is one of the top national leagues. Also ranked fourth in Europe according to UEFA’s league coefficient ranking for the 2020–21 season. That is based on performances in European competitions over the past five seasons.
#3 Serie A | Italy
The Serie A of Italy comes at third place in our list of UEFA rankings. In its current format, the Italian Football Championship was revises from having regional and interregional rounds, to a single-tier league from the 1929–30 season onwards. The championship titles won before 1929 are officially recognised by FIGC with the same weighting as titles that were subsequently awarded. Similarly. The 1945–46 season, when the round-robin was suspended and the league was played over two geographical groups due to the ravages of WWII. And is not statistically considered, even if its title is fully official.
The league hosts three of the world’s most famous clubs as Juventus, AC Milan and Internazionale, all founding members of the G-14. A group which represented the largest and most prestigious European football clubs from 2000 to 2008. Along with the first two also being founding members of its successive organisation, European Club Association (ECA). The club is also the only one in the world to have won all possible official confederation competitions.
#2 La Liga | Spain
La Liga comes at second spot of UEFA rankings in our list. A total of 62 teams have competed in La Liga since its inception. Nine teams have crowns champions, with Real Madrid winning the title a record 34 times and Barcelona 26 times. During the 1940s Valencia, Atlético Madrid and Barcelona emerged as the strongest clubs, winning several titles. Real Madrid and Barcelona dominated the championship in the 1950s, each winning four La Liga titles during the decade. During the 1960s and 1970s Real Madrid dominated La Liga, winning 14 titles, with Atlético Madrid winning four.
During the 1980s and 1990s Real Madrid were prominent in La Liga. But the Basque clubs of Athletic Club and Real Sociedad had their share of success. Moreover, each winning two Liga titles. From the 1990s onward, Barcelona have dominated La Liga winning 16 titles to date. Although Real Madrid has been prominent, winning nine titles, La Liga has also seen other champions. Also, including Atlético Madrid, Valencia, and Deportivo La Coruña.
#1 Premier League | England
The English premier League tops the list of UEFA rankings now. The Premier League, often referred to as the English Premier League or the EPL ( The Football Association Premier League Limited), is the top level of the English football league system. Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the English Football League (EFL). Seasons run from August to May with each team playing 38 matches.
The competition was founded as the FA Premier League on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from the Football League, founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights sale to Sky. From 2019-20, the league’s accumulated television rights deals were worth around £3.1 billion a year, with Sky and BT Group securing the domestic rights to broadcast 128 and 32 games respectively. The Premier League is a corporation where chief executive Richard Masters is responsible for its management, whilst the member clubs act as shareholders. Clubs were apportions central payment revenues of £2.4 billion in 2016–17, with a further £343 million in solidarity payments to English Football League (EFL) clubs.
The Premier League is the most-watched sports league in the world, broadcast in 212 territories to 643 million homes and a potential TV audience of 4.7 billion people. For the 2018–19 season average Premier League match attendance was at 38,181.