European Premier League places for 2022-23: full breakdown of qualification scenarios
The number of Premier League teams to qualify for each of the 2022-23 European Cup competitions had 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 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.
But 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 2022-23 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 is generally the case in recent years, a total of seven Premier League clubs will participate in European Cup competitions next season (2022-23).
The English Premier League has four places in the Champions League, two places in the Europa Leagueand a place in the Europa Conference League guaranteed before the start of the season.
Champions League berths are allocated to the top four in the Premier League, Europa League berths are awarded to 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 FA Cup winners Liverpool already have a guaranteed Champions League place based on their position in the table, the Europa League place that comes with winning the FA Cup has been awarded to the team in 6th place in the Premier League table.
Also, since Liverpool won the EFL Cup and they are already a confirmed Champions League qualifier as a top-four runner-up in the Premier League, the Europa Conference League spot goes to the winner. of the EFL Cup is also passed on to the next ranked team (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 Sunday, May 22.
|1.*||City of Man-X||90||37||+72||vs. AVL, May 22|
|2.*||Liverpool-X||89||37||+66||vs WOL, May 22|
|3.*||Chelsea-X||71||37||+42||vs. WAT, May 22|
|4.*||Tottenham||68||37||+24||@ NOR, May 22|
|5.**||Arsenal||66||37||+9||vs. EVE, May 22|
|6.**||united man||58||37||+1||@ Scream, May 22|
|7.***||West Ham||56||37||+11||@ BRI, May 22|
|8.||wolves||51||37||-3||@LIV, May 22|
* = Teams ranked 1st to 4th place qualify for the UEFA Champions League (X = picked up)
** = 5th and 6th places deserve a place in the UEFA Europa League next season
*** = 7th place will earn a place in the Europa Conference playoffs.
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 their move to the Premier League, one wonders if the Reds winning the competition would potentially give a fifth club English 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, no Premier League qualification places will be passed on to any other team in the table.
Instead, Liverpool’s “extra” place 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, thus granting the Ukrainian league champions – confirmed this year as Shakhtar Donetsk after the domestic league was suspended in February due to war – a direct ticket to the League group stage champions.
This direct ticket to Shakhtar Donetsk was actually already confirmed even before the 2022 Champions League 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 the place that belongs to Liverpool or 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.
According to 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 accumulating an unbalanced number of European places.