The number of Premier League teams that will qualify for each of the 2022-23 European Cup tournaments has been temporarily in flux based on the results 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 Premier League teams is 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.
But the Premier League will still 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 will be decided for each 2022-23 European Cup. 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, a total of Seven Premier League clubs He will participate in the European Cup next season (2022-23).
The English Premier League has Four places in the Champions LeagueAnd Two places in the European LeagueAnd One place in the European League Guaranteed before the start of the season.
UEFA Champions League places are allocated to the top four in the Premier League, Europa League places are allocated to the fifth-placed league finisher and FA Cup winner, and a European Conference League place is awarded to the League Cup winner.
This year, the Premier League teams to secure places in the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League are ManchesterAnd LiverpoolAnd ChelseaAnd spurs. Arsenal He just missed it and will play in the European League next season, occupying fifth place.
However, there are some wrinkles with other European places. Since FA Cup winners Liverpool already have a guaranteed place in the Champions League based on their position in the standings, the Europa League slot that comes with an FA Cup win has been reserved for the sixth-placed team in the Premier League table. this team Manchester United.
Also, with Liverpool winning the League Cup and they are already one of the confirmed Champions League qualifiers as one of the top four places in the Premier League, the Europa League spot that goes to the European Cup winner is also handed over to the next team in the league table (Position VII). this team West Ham United teamwho had a chance to jump at Man United on the last day but fell to Brighton.
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 matches on Sunday, May 22nd.
|place||a team||points||GP||JD||Next game|
|6. **||Manchester United||58||38||0||–|
|7. ***||West Ham||56||38||+9||–|
* = 1st to 4th place teams win the UEFA Champions League berth (X = discount)
** = 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 winning the competition would give a fifth English side a chance to qualify. . 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, there is no Premier League qualification position to be passed to another team in the table.
Instead, Liverpool’s ‘extra’ berth would be relegated to the top-ranked EU country (by the UEFA coefficient) without a guaranteed place in the group stage. That country is Ukraine, thus giving the Ukrainian champions – who this year were confirmed to be Shakhtar Donetsk after the domestic league was suspended in February due to the war – a direct ticket to the Champions League group stage.
That direct ticket for Shakhtar Donetsk has already been confirmed ahead of the 2022 Champions League final. This is because Real Madrid, Liverpool’s opponent in the May 28 title match, also settled the Champions League berth by taking the lead in La Liga. So Shakhtar will get the sidewalk that belongs to either Liverpool or Real Madrid.
More: Who will win the Champions League, Real Madrid or Liverpool?
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 hoarding an unbalanced number of European berths.