European Premier League places for 2022-23: full breakdown of qualification scenarios

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The number of Premier League teams to qualify for each of the 2022-23 European Cup competitions has been momentarily changing based on the results of continental tournaments during the current campaign. But with West Ham United and Leicester City both knocked out of their respective European competitions, the situation for Premier League sides is now clear.

There were a number of scenarios at play depending on whether West Ham potentially won the Europa League or Leicester City walked away with the inaugural Conference League trophy. Since both fell short in the semi-finals, those permutations also disappeared.

The Premier League will still have a chance for a European trophy in 2021-22 with Liverpool taking on Spanish giants Real Madrid for the UEFA Champions League title on May 28.

The Sporting News outlines below how the Premier League places for each European Cup competition will be determined. The places awarded to the winners of the FA Cup and the EFL Cup (Carabao Cup) will also be reallocated, and these scenarios are explained below.

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European Premier League places for 2022-23

As has generally been the case in recent years, seven Premier League clubs will contest European Cup competitions next season (2022-23).

The English Premier League has four Champions League places, two Europa League places and one Europa Conference League place guaranteed before the start of the season.

Champions League berths are distributed to the top four Premier League finishers, Europa League berths are awarded to the 5th in the league and the FA Cup winner, and the Europa Conference League berth is awarded to the winner of the EFL Cup.

However, as both FA Cup runners-up are (virtually) guaranteed a Champions League place based on their position in the standings, the Europa League place that comes with winning the FA Cup will go to the team in 6th place in the Premier League table.

Also, since Liverpool won the EFL Cup and they have already qualified for the Champions League as a top-four finisher in the Premier League, the Europa Conference League spot goes to the team. next in the standings (7th place).

Here is the summary of the distribution of European places 2022-23 in the Premier League:

  • Champions League (4): The first four (1st-4th) in the standings
  • Europa League (2): 5th and 6th place in the standings
  • Conference League (1): 7th place in the standings

Rankings table below updated from matches on Saturday 7th May.

Place Team PLS generalist GD next game
1 time liverpool 83 35 +64 @AVL, May 10
2.*-x City of Man 83 34 +63 vs NEW, May 8
3.*-z chelsea 67 35 +39 @LEE, May 11
4.*-z Arsenal 63 34 +13 vs. LEE, May 8
5.**-z Tottenham 62 35 +20 against ARS, May 12
6.** united man 58 37 +1 @ Scream, May 22
7.*** West Ham 52 35 +7 @ NOR, May 8
8. wolves 50 35 +1 vs. MCI, May 11

* = Teams from 1st to 4th place earn a place in the UEFA Champions League
X = place at UCL for 2022-23
** = 5th and 6th places deserve a place in the UEFA Europa League next season
there = clinched at least one UEL spot for 2022-23
*** = 7th place will earn a place in the Europa Conference playoffs.
z = clinched at least one UECL spot for 2022-23

What happens if Liverpool win the Champions League?

With Liverpool in the Champions League final against Real Madrid on May 28 but also having already clinched Champions League qualification via the Premier League finish, one wonders if the Reds winning the competition would potentially give a fifth English club a chance to qualify for the 2022-23 Champions League.

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 spot is not passed to another Premier League team in the table.

Instead, Liverpool’s extra spot would go to the highest-ranked UEFA nation (according to the UEFA coefficient) with no guaranteed place in the group stage. That nation is Ukraine, who would grant the Ukrainian league champions – confirmed this year as Shakhtar Donetsk after the domestic league was suspended in February – a direct ticket to the Champions League group stage.

This direct ticket to Shakhtar Donetsk was already confirmed even before the 2022 final was played. Indeed, Real Madrid, Liverpool’s opponents in the May 28 title game, also clinched a Champions League spot by finishing first in Spain’s La Liga. Shakhtar will therefore win either the place of Liverpool or that of Real Madrid.

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What are the UEFA regulations for European qualifying?

UEFA have detailed what happens in every possible scenario in which a team wins a European Cup competition and then qualifies (or does not qualify) for European competition via its domestic competition.

In accordance with article 3.03 of the UEFA Champions League Regulations:

“The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League titleholders are guaranteed a place in the group stage even if they do not qualify for the competition through their domestic leagues.

“If the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League title-holder qualifies for the UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League via one of its domestic competitions, the number of places to which its association entitlement in the UEFA Europa League or UEFA Europa Conference League is reduced by one.”

UEFA has thought through each scenario. This same section of the rules considers over 10 different scenarios and what happens in each case.

The spirit of the UEFA rules is that the places are distributed as evenly as possible between the different countries without a single nation having an unbalanced number of European places.



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