If Ajax wins the home game in the Europa League against Young Boys on Thursday, the Netherlands will rise to seventh place on the UEFA coefficient list.
Because Russia, the current number 7, no longer has any clubs in the European tournaments, it is almost certain that the Netherlands will end the season in the top 7 and that would be the first time since the 2005/2006 season.
Number 8 The Netherlands now has 38,000 points and Russia is at 38,382.
A victory of Ajax in the eighth finals of the Europa League yields 0.4 points, a draw, 0.2 and if the team from Amsterdam advance to the quarter finals, another 0.2 points will be added.
The Netherlands does not have to fear anything from Russia this season and it is also beneficial that the clubs of number nine (Belgium) and ten (Austria) have all already been eliminated.
Number eleven Scotland (Rangers FC) and twelve Ukraine (Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev) are still active in Europe, but they are far behind the Netherlands.
Last year, the Netherlands closed the European season in tenth place.
A low point was the fourteenth place in 2018, when the champion of the Eredivisie no longer directly qualified for the main tournament of the Champions League.
UEFA coefficient list
1. Spain - 94,140 points
2. England - 93,569 points
3. Italy - 73,724 points
4. Germany - 72,856 points
5. France - 55,581 points
6. Portugal - 48,149 points
7. Russia - 38,382 points
8. Netherlands - 38,000 points
9. Belgium - 36,500 points
10. Austria - 35,825 points
No better tickets at seat 7
The seventh place on the coefficient list does not immediately result in better or more European tickets.
The seventh, eighth and ninth place is good for a ticket for the main tournament of the Champions League, a starting ticket for the third heat of the million ball, a ticket for the play-offs for the Europa League and two tickets for the preliminary rounds of the Conference League, the new European tournament.
Place six, which is firmly in the hands of Portugal, yields a lot more.
The Portuguese will receive six European tickets (the Netherlands now only has five): two for the main tournament of the Champions League, one for the third heat of the million ball, one for the group stage of the Europa League and two for the preliminary round of the Conference League. .
Ajax against Young Boys starts on Thursday at 6.55 pm in the Johan Cruijff ArenA and is led by Italian referee Marco Guida.
The return in Bern is in a week.
View the program in the Europa League