The race for Europe is still on, but which teams make it and how many?

We look at the end of the campaign.

  • How up to nine Premier League sides could be playing European football next season
  • What a clean sweep of European trophies would mean for English clubs
  • How Man Utd could miss out on Europe for just the second time since 1990
  • The possibility of English clubs missing from the Europa Conference League all together

How many English teams qualify for European football?

There are seven European spots open to English sides, although that number could rise to nine and the amount of teams in each individual competition can shift.

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

The winner of the FA Cup will be passed down to the next highest team in the league who doesn't qualify for Europe, because both of those teams look set to finish in the top four.

The next highest league finishing without European football will get the next spot in the Europa Conference League because of the Carabao Cup win by Liverpool.

The teams which finish sixth and seventh in the league will be in the running for a place in either the Europa League or the Conference League next season.

As it stands

The top four teams in the premier league would qualify for the playoffs. Manchester United would get into the Europa League if they passed on their spot in the FA Cup. Thanks to the Carabao Cup winner being passed on, West Ham would qualify for the conference league.

If Manchester City orLiverpool win the title, they will qualify for the group stages of the competition. They finish in the bottom half of the table.

Man City remain one point clear of Liverpool
Image: Liverpool and Man City are fighting for Champions League glory - but will qualify for the competition next season on league position anyway

If they win the competition and finish in the top four, there will be no extra spot for another team to fill and the number of clubs in the competition will stay at four.

If West Ham win the Europa League and finish in the top four, the league could have a maximum of five teams in the European Championship next season. They qualified for the group stages by winning that competition.

Declan Rice scored West Ham's second goal of the evening
Image: Declan Rice's West Ham are in contention to win the Europa League - and earn a spot in the Champions League

If they win the conference league, they will qualify for the league next season.

There will be nine English teams in European competition next season if West Ham andLeicester win their cups and finish outside the top seven.

The top four and West Ham in the European Championship, fifth and sixth place, and seventh place in the European Championship would be among the nine sides.

Leicester celebrate booking their place in the Europa Conference League semi-finals
Image: Leicester could qualify for the Europa League by winning the Europa Conference League

There would be no English side in the Europa Conference League next season if Leicester were to win the competition and finish seventh. In Spain last season, there was no La Liga side involved in the Europa Conference League.

As it stands

There is a good chance that an English side will win the tournament, but that will not affect European qualification, with both sides set to finish in the top four. If West Ham win the semis of the Europa League, they will get an additional spot in the top flight. The seventh place finish in the conference league would be taken away. If they win the Europa Conference League and progress to the final, they could play European football again next year.

Eighth and out?

Unless you win a domestic or European cup, you will not qualify for Europe if you finish eighth in the league.

As it stands

Wolves would be the worst-finishing team to miss out on European football if they were to finish in the bottom half of the table.

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