The race for Europe is on, but which teams make it into the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference next season is still to be decided in both England and Scotland.
How many English teams qualify for European football?
There are seven European spots open to English sides - although that number could have risen to nine and the amount of teams in each individual competition could have shifted.
As a basis:
- The top four in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League group stage
- Fifth place and the FA Cup winners qualify for the Europa League group stage
- The Carabao Cup winners qualify for the Europa Conference League playoff
However, because Liverpool won the FA Cup, their Europa League qualifying spot for winning the competition will be passed down to the next highest Premier League finisher who doesn't qualify for Europe.
Similarly, because Liverpool won the Carabao Cup and will finish in the top four, their Europa Conference League qualifying spot from that competition will go to the next highest Premier League finisher without European football.
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So that means sides which finish sixth and seventh in the Premier League table are in contention for a place in the Europa League or Europa Conference League respectively next season.
As it stands
Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham would qualify for the Champions League by finishing in the Premier League's top four positions.
Arsenal would go into the Europa League, along with Manchester United (who would get in thanks to Liverpool passing on their spot from winning the FA Cup).
Seventh-placed West Ham would qualify for the Europa Conference League, thanks to Liverpool's Carabao Cup winner's spot being passed on.
Who's already qualified?
Manchester City and Liverpool have pulled clear at the top of the Premier League, and while their battle to win the Premier League title continues, they don't have to worry about Champions League qualification.
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Meanwhile, the last two spots in the top four are still up for grabs with Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in contention. However, whatever the outcome, it will be a top-five finish for all three teams.
When will top four be settled?
A dip in form for Chelsea has seen them dragged into the race for the top four, but all they need is one point from their final two games of the season - both at home to Leicester and Watford - to ensure Champions League qualification given their vastly superior goal difference.
Arsenal can secure their place in the Champions League for the first time since 2017 if they win their final two matches of the season. The Gunners play Newcastle on Monday Night Football and a win for Mikel Arteta's side will see them move back into fourth with one round of fixtures remaining.
However, anything less than a win for Arsenal on Monday night will see Tottenham go into this Sunday's final Premier League matchday in front. Spurs travel to relegated Norwich on the final day, while Arsenal host Everton.
Should Arsenal draw at Newcastle on Monday, then Antonio Conte's side will need to better Arsenal's result this weekend to secure top four. Should the Gunners lose in the north east, then a draw could be enough for Tottenham, providing Arsenal do not turn round a 13 goal difference swing in their last two games.
Can Chelsea miss out on CL qualification?
For so long Chelsea finishing third, let alone securing Champions League qualification, has felt like an inevitability, but there is a remote chance that they could miss out on the top four entirely.
For the Blues to miss out, Chelsea will need to lose both of their home matches against Leicester and Watford this week. After that, two wins for Arsenal against Newcastle and Everton, along with a Tottenham victory at Norwich will see them finish fifth.
Should Spurs fail to beat Norwich on Sunday, then Chelsea's Champions League spot is confirmed for next season. The same situation is likely to apply for Arsenal in their final two games, as the Blues (+39) boast a far superior goal difference to Arsenal (+14).
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Manchester United and West Ham are the teams fighting for sixth - the final spot to secure a place in next season's Europa League group stage. Neither side is able to finish in fifth.
United hold a two-point advantage over West Ham with one game remaining - with this battle for Europa League football set to go down to the final day of the season.
West Ham's last Premier League game of the season is away at Brighton, while Manchester United also have an away day this weekend - at Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace.
David Moyes' Hammers know that they need to beat Brighton to stand any chance of finishing sixth - and hope United drop points at Selhurst Park. A draw for United would be enough in the event of a West Ham victory, as the east Londoners (+11) have a far superior goal difference than Ralf Rangnick's side (+1).
Should Brighton claim at least a draw against West Ham, then United's spot in the Europa League is confirmed next season - no matter what their result is at Selhurst Park.
Where could all teams finish?
Manchester City and Liverpool are locked in a two-horse race for the Premier League title - but how high or low could your club finish this season?
Clubs have between one and two games left to seal their fate but 10 out of 20 clubs are still challenging for the title, qualification for the Champions League, Europa League or Europa Conference League, or to avoid the drop.
Data guru Ben Mayhew has calculated each club's range of possible final league positions and found, in addition to the 10 teams fighting for a cause, another seven clubs are battling for a top-half finish.
Consequently, only relegated Norwich and Watford, in addition to Southampton - who have avoided the drop but could only muster an 11th-placed finish at best - are the only teams playing purely for pride during the run-in.
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How can Celtic and Rangers both qualify for CL?
Celtic claimed the Scottish Premiership title last week at Dundee United on Wednesday and have subsequently earned direct passage to the Champions League group stage next season.
Rangers can also join their Old Firm rivals in the Champions League group stage if they beat Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League final on May 18 in Seville.
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If they lose in Spain, Rangers will still have a shot at reaching the Europe's elite competition as their second-place finish secures them a place in the Champions League third qualifying round.
But even if Rangers were to fail to get through the Champions League qualifying rounds, they would still be assured of a place in next season's Europa League group stage.
How many Scottish teams can qualify for Europe?
Five teams can qualify for Europe from Scotland this season.
Hearts - along with Celtic and Rangers - are guaranteed a place in the group stage of European competition for the first time in 17 years after reaching the Scottish Cup final, where they will play Rangers, and securing a third-place finish in the Scottish Premiership.
Usually in Scotland, the third and fourth-placed teams qualify for the Europa Conference League in the third and second qualifying rounds respectively. Meanwhile, the winners of the Scottish Cup earn a Europa League playoff spot.
However, if the victors have already qualified for the Europa League or the Champions League - as Rangers have done - that playoff spot would fall to the team in third, which in this case is Hearts.
So even if Hearts lose the final, they will be playing in the Europa League playoff, with qualification to the Europa Conference League assured if they are unsuccessful.
Dundee United secured a spot in the Europa Conference League third qualifying round last weekend by beating Ross County 2-1 on the final day of the season. Motherwell - who were thrashed 6-0 by Celtic on the final day - have also reached the same competitio, but need to qualify for the competition proper from the second qualifying rounds.
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Who qualifies for Europe from the Premier League? ›
At the start of the season, the top four in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League, while fifth place and the FA Cup winners enter the Europa League. The winners of the Carabao Cup qualify for the Europa Conference League.Can 7th in the Premier League qualify for Europa League? ›
The seventh-placed team in the 2021/22 season will earn a spot in the Europa Conference League next campaign. Had West Ham won the Europa League and finished seventh there would have been no English side in UEFA's third tier competition.How many premier teams can qualify for Europe? ›
A maximum of five Premier League teams are eligible for UEFA Champions League qualification.How can 7th place qualify for Europe? ›
If a team wins the cup but already finished 5th or higher in the league the Europa league spot gets passed down to the 6th or 7th spot if both cup winners already secured European football with 6th getting the direct entry and 7th playing the qualifier.Does 6th place in the Premier League qualify for Europe? ›
Ordinarily, Premier League teams placed between first and fourth qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League (UCL). The fifth-placed club go into the group stage of the UEFA Europa League (UEL).How do you qualify for European football? ›
- The top four in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League group stage.
- Fifth place and the FA Cup winners qualify for the Europa League group stage.
- The Carabao Cup winners qualify for the Europa Conference League playoff.
Europa League access
Should the DFB Cup winners have already qualified for Europe via their league position, seventh place in the Bundesliga would consequently earn a place in the second qualifying round of the Europa League.
If a team wins the cup but already finished 5th or higher in the league the Europa league spot gets passed down to the 6th or 7th spot if both cup winners already secured European football with 6th getting the direct entry and 7th playing the qualifier. Example: Man City. Liverpool.Does Arsenal qualify for Europa League next season? ›
Ajax, Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United are in it, but who else? Get an overview of the 24 teams remaining in the 2022/23 UEFA Europa League.Can England have 8 teams in Europe? ›
Premier League could have eight clubs across Champions League and Europa League next season. If Manchester City or Chelsea win the Champions League this season, or if Manchester United win the Europa League, there will be no additional slot for an English club next season.
How many English teams can get into Europe? ›
European places in Premier League for 2022-23
The English Premier League has four Champions League places, two Europa League places, and one Europa Conference League place guaranteed prior to the start of the season.
The final two spots were filled by the intercontinental playoff winners on June 13 and June 14. In addition to host nation Qatar, there were 13 nations to qualify from Europe, four from South America, four from Asia, five from Africa, four from North America, and Australia, which is a member of the Asian confederation.What do you get for 7th in Premier League? ›
And now even a seventh team is also eligible for a European tournament, as the Europa Conference League started for the 2021-22 season.How many teams qualify for Europe from France? ›
As of the 2022–23 season, as determined by the UEFA coefficient, the top three teams in Ligue 1 qualify for the Champions League, with the top two proceeding directly to the group phase.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea will be the Premier League's representatives in the 2021/22 Champions League.How do teams qualify for EuroLeague? ›
Qualification. The remaining 6 EuroLeague places are held by 6 associated clubs that have annual licences, of which one has a two-year wild card, three have one-year wild-cards and two are the finalists of the previous season's 2nd-tier European competition, the EuroCup.How many teams from Italy qualify for Europe? ›
As of 2022, Serie A is ranked as the fourth-best league by UEFA coefficient, therefore the top four teams in the Serie A qualify straight to the UEFA Champions League group stage.Do you qualify for Europe if you win the League Cup? ›
Yes, the winners of the Carabao Cup will automatically qualify for a place in the Europa Conference League play-off round. Previously, the winner would compete in the Europa League, however the rule was changed following the introduction of the third-tier competition in the 2020-21 campaign.What happens if Frankfurt wins Europa League? ›
Frankfurt became the first German side since Schalke 04 in 1997 to win the competition. As winners, they earned the right to play against the winners of the 2021–22 UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid, in the 2022 UEFA Super Cup, and qualified for the 2022–23 UEFA Champions League group stage.Does 7th place in Bundesliga get Conference League? ›
UEFA Europa League/ UEFA Europa Conference League
Seventh gets a shot at the Europa Conference League play-offs. In practice, that means Union Berlin and Freiburg - fifth and sixth respectively - will play Europa League football in 2022/23.
Can 5 Premier League teams qualify for Champions League? ›
How many Premier League teams can qualify for the Champions League? In normal circumstances, the places will go to the teams who finish in the top four of the league but a fifth place will go to a side if they win either the Champions League or Europa League and do not finish in the top four.How many teams qualify for Europa League from Europa Conference League? ›
The eight Europa League group winners progress automatically to the round of 16. There are also additional knockout round play-offs prior to the Europa League round of 16; these are between the eight Europa League group runners-up and the eight third-ranked teams of the Champions League groups.Can 8th place qualify for Europe? ›
No. The 8th placed cannot qualify for the Europa League irrespective of other results. If a non top 7 team wins the FA Cup,they will qualify for the 3rd round of the Europa League. In that Case, The 7th placed team will not play in the Europa League next season.How many teams qualify from each Europa group? ›
Europa League explained
The top two in each group, plus the eight third-placed teams who depart from the UEFA Champions League group stage, progress to the round of 32. As in the Champions League, all of the knockout stages apart from the final are played over two legs.
Arsenal have confirmed their spot in next season's Champions League after Everton fell to Manchester City 3-2 on Saturday.Why is Arsenal not in Europa League draw? ›
Despite booking their place in the knockout stages as Group A winners, Arsenal will not be involved in the Europa League draw as it only involves the eight teams who finished as runners-up in the group stage.Will Arsenal qualify for Europa League 2022? ›
Arsenal qualified for the 2022/23 Europa League after finishing in 5th place in the Premier League last season.Can England have 6 teams in the Champions League? ›
How many teams from one country are allowed to play in the Champions League? The maximum any country can have playing in the Champions League is five.Why is the UK allowed 4 teams? ›
Why split into 4 when they are all part of the same country? The answer is simple, it has been so historically and will remain so for the foreseeable future. England claims to have been the country that invented modern soccer and made the first rules of the sport.How many teams qualify for Europe in Belgium? ›
It involves 12 teams divided into two groups. The teams ranked from the 7th to the 15th position, as well as the 2nd, 3rd and 4th best team in second division play two mini-championships.
What happens to Arsenal if Liverpool wins Champions League? ›
The answer is no.
It gives the vacant group stage spot to the first nation on the list that doesn't already have an automatic group stage slot.
If West Ham win the Europa League, they will automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage, regardless of where they finish.How many more teams can qualify for World Cup 2022? ›
The 2022 men's World Cup in Qatar will be the last to feature 32 teams before the field expands to 48 teams for the 2026 World Cup. The FIFA men's World Cup has involved 32 teams for the last six editions, since France 1998.How many teams will qualify for World Cup 2022 from each continent? ›
AFC (Asia) have an allocation of four or five teams* competing in the World Cup finals. CAF (Africa) are allocated five teams, with CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean) having three or four. CONEMBOL (South America) have four or five teams competing.How many countries qualify for World Cup in Europe per group? ›
In the lead up to the World Cup, each confederation holds “World Cup Qualifier" matches. UEFA (Europe): 13 teams qualified. CONMEBOL (South America): 5 teams. CONCACAF (North, Central America and the Caribbean): 4 teams.What is the difference between Europa League and Europa Conference League? ›
The Europa Conference League was created in 2021, theoretically as a European competition for teams from 'weaker' countries, yet teams from the 'top' leagues do still participate (e.g. the 6th-placed sides from the top four leagues (the EFL Cup winners in England's case) go straight into the final qualifying round).How many teams qualify for Premier League? ›
The Premier League is the top tier of England's football pyramid, with 20 teams battling it out for the honour of being crowned English champions.What happens to the bottom 3 teams in the Premier League? ›
The Premier League teams that finish in the bottom three of the standings each season are relegated to the second tier of English soccer, known as the Championship.How many teams qualify for Europe in Portugal? ›
It has 18 teams that compete with each other for 34 rounds. The winner and the second classified guarantee their presence in the UEFA Champions League, while the third classified plays the third qualifying round in order to access the group stage of the competition.How many teams qualify from playoffs in Europe? ›
Twelve teams advanced to the play-offs. Unlike previous editions, all participants were not decided solely on the results of the first round. Two of the twelve spots were allocated to group winners of the 2020–21 edition of the UEFA Nations League.
How many Scottish teams can qualify for Europe? ›
Celtic will not play in European football beyond the World Cup break after being held to a 1-1 home draw by Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.Can Championship teams play in Europe? ›
Yes but the team has to qualify through Europa League by winning the cup and after get relegated. Or the team can win the Champions League it doesn't matter which one of these cups it is. Then the team can play in the champions leauge while being a second tier team.How many teams qualify from Europe qualifiers? ›
Twelve teams will be selected based on their performance in the 2022/23 Nations League – nominally the group winners of Leagues A, B and C, but if they have already qualified they will be replaced by the next best-ranked team in their league.How many teams can qualify from Europe? ›
In Europe, all 55 teams participate in a final round of qualifying. The 55 teams are divided into 10 groups, and similar to the eight-team CONCACAF group, the 10 groups play a round-robin style format, and the team with the most points in each group automatically advances to the World Cup.Can 5th place qualify for Champions League? ›
How many Premier League teams can qualify for the Champions League? In normal circumstances, the places will go to the teams who finish in the top four of the league but a fifth place will go to a side if they win either the Champions League or Europa League and do not finish in the top four.How do European qualifiers work? ›
It is pretty simple. Each separate League (i.e. A, B, C and D) in the UEFA Nations League has been allocated one UEFA EURO 2020 place. Four sides from each League will contest single-leg semi-finals and a one-off final (entirely specific to the EURO).How many teams qualify for Europe in Italy? ›
As of 2022, Serie A is ranked as the fourth-best league by UEFA coefficient, therefore the top four teams in the Serie A qualify straight to the UEFA Champions League group stage.How many teams qualify for World Cup from Europe playoff? ›
The second round of the qualification tournament for the 2022 FIFA World Cup from UEFA (also known as the UEFA play-offs) was contested by twelve teams from the UEFA segment of qualifying. The play-offs determined the final three European teams that joined the group winners at the World Cup in Qatar.Can 6 teams from the same country qualify for Champions League? ›
How many teams from one country are allowed to play in the Champions League? The maximum any country can have playing in the Champions League is five. Only England, Spain, Germany and Italy can possibly enter five teams as they are the top four associations in Uefa and are awarded the four coveted spots.
Can 5th in Premier League make Champions League? ›
At the start of the season, the top four in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League, while fifth place and the FA Cup winners enter the Europa League. The winners of the Carabao Cup qualify for the Europa Conference League.