The Premier League season is complete, and the struggle for a spot in Europe has come to a head, with Manchester City winning the 2021/2022 league title over Liverpool.
We examine the clubs that qualified for the Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League, as well as the potential implications of an English team winning a European trophy.
How many teams made the cut for Europe?
The maximum number of places that may be earned in the Premier League based on domestic performance (either league position or winning one of the two cup tournaments) is seven.
If a team does not qualify domestically, however, the seats allotted for European titleholders are different. As a result, the Premier League could theoretically have ten teams in Europe — the seven domestic qualifiers plus the Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League winners if they are outside the European positions.
Following the defeats of West Ham and Leicester in the semifinals of the Europa League and Europa Conference League, the Premier League will have seven teams in Europe next season.
Which Premier League Team qualified?
The top four teams in the Premier League qualify for the Champions League at the start of the season, while fifth place and FA Cup winners qualify for the Europa League. The Carabao Cup winners go to the Europa Conference League.
Liverpool, on the other hand, won the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup, and can only finish second in the league, therefore the Europa League and Europa Conference League slots move to the Premier League.
So, here’s what we know about domestic performance: Except in the Europa Conference League, when the seventh-placed club will compete in the last qualifying round, all teams advance directly to the group stage.
Who’s in the running for Europe?
The Champions League spots have been confirmed for Manchester City (93 points), Liverpool (92 points), Chelsea (74 points), and Tottenham Hotspur (71 points).
Despite winning 5-0 against Everton, Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification and will compete in the Europa League next season.
Despite losing 1-0 to Crystal Palace, Manchester United qualified for the Europa League because Brighton defeated West Ham 3-1 on Sunday.
Teams from the Premier League who qualified for Europe
Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur all qualified for the Champions League by finishing in the top four.
Arsenal were kicked out of the Top Four when Spurs held on until the very final minute, but they will compete in the Europa League next season.
Manchester United won the Europa League berth for next season, beating West Ham United who settled for the Europa Conference League.