The number of Premier League teams that qualified for each of the 2022-23 European Cup tournaments was temporarily in flux based on the result of the continental tournaments during the current season. But with West Ham United and Leicester City both being eliminated from their European competitions, the picture for the Premier League teams is now clear.
There were a number of scenarios at play depending on whether West Ham were likely to win the Europa League or Leicester City exited with the inaugural Conference Cup. Since they both failed the semi-final stage, these permutations also disappeared.
The Premier League will continue to suffer a European Cup rift in 2021-22 as Liverpool face Spanish giants Real Madrid for the UEFA Champions League title on May 28.
The Sporting News below outlines how the Premier League places for each European Cup competition will be decided. The berths awarded to FA Cup and FA Cup (Carabao Cup) winners will also be reset, and these scenarios are explained below.
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European places in the Premier League 2022-23
As is usually the case in recent years, seven clubs from the Premier League will compete in the European Cup competitions next season (2022-23).
The Premier League has four places in the Champions League, two places in the Europa League and one place in the European League, which is a guaranteed place before the start of the season.
UEFA Champions League places are distributed to the top four in the Premier League, Europa League places are awarded to the fifth-placed League winner and FA Cup winner, and a Conference European League place is awarded to the League Cup winner.
However, since both FA Cup finalists are (virtually) guaranteed a place in the Champions League based on their position in the standings, the Europa League slot that comes with an FA Cup win will be allocated to the sixth-placed team in the Premier League table.
Also, with Liverpool winning the League Cup and they are already one of the confirmed Champions League qualifiers as one of the top four in the Premier League, the Europa League spot is handed over to the next team in the league table (seventh place).
Here is a summary of how the 2022-23 European places will be split up in the Premier League:
- UEFA Champions League (4): The top four places (from 1 to 4) in the standings
- European League (2): Fifth and sixth place in the ranking
- Conference League (1): Seventh place in the ranking
The standings table has been updated below as of Saturday, May 7th.
|place||a team||points||GP||JD||Next game|
|1. *||Liverpool||83||35||+64||@AVL, May 10|
|2. *||Manchester||83||34||+63||vs NEW, May 8|
|3. *||Chelsea||67||35||+39||@Lee, May 11|
|4. *||Arsenal||63||34||+13||Against me, May 8|
|5. **||Tottenham||62||35||+20||Opposite ARS, May 12|
|6. **||Manchester United||58||37||+1||@CRY, May 22|
|7. ***||West Ham||52||35||+7||@NOR, May 8|
* = Teams finishing 1st to 4th earn a place in the UEFA Champions League
** = The fifth and sixth places win the European League berth next season
*** = 7th place will get a playoff berth in the Europa Conference.
What would happen if Liverpool won the Champions League?
With Liverpool in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28, but also having already won Champions League qualification by ending the Premier League, there are questions as to whether the Reds’ victory in the competition would give a fifth English side a chance to qualify for the competition. . UEFA Champions League 2022-23.
This is not the case.
If Liverpool win the Champions League and also qualify for the 2022-23 Champions League by finishing in the top four, the Premier League qualification position will not be transferred to another Premier League team in the table.
Instead, Liverpool’s extra center would be ranked as the top UEFA country (as measured by the UEFA coefficient) without a guaranteed place in the group stage. That country is Ukraine, which will give the Ukrainian champions – who this year were confirmed to be Shakhtar Donetsk after the domestic league was suspended in February – a direct ticket to the Champions League group stage.
That direct ticket for Shakhtar Donetsk was already confirmed before the 2022 final was held. This is because Real Madrid, Liverpool’s opponents in the May 28 title match, also settled the Champions League berth by taking the lead in La Liga. So, Shakhtar will get the berth of Liverpool or Real Madrid.
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What are the UEFA regulations for European qualification?
UEFA has explained in great detail what happens in each possible scenario in which a team wins the European Cup and then also qualifies (or does not qualify) for European competition via its domestic competition.
According to Article 3.03 of the UEFA Champions League Regulations:
“The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League holders are guaranteed a place in the group stage even if they do not qualify to compete through their domestic leagues.
“If the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League qualifies for the UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League through one of its domestic competitions, the number of places for its confederation entitled in the UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League is reduced by one.”
UEFA has thought of every scenario. This same section of the rules considers more than 10 different scenarios and what happens in each case.
The spirit of the UEFA rules is that the sites are distributed as evenly as possible across different countries without a single country having an unbalanced number of European berths.