May 7, 2019 / 11:01 AM / 15 days ago

CORRECTED-FACTBOX-Soccer-European competition qualification scenarios in England

(In final paragraph under ‘Champions League qualification’, corrects scenario)

May 6 (Reuters) - Following is a factbox on Champions League and Europa League qualification scenarios for Premier League teams:

Champions League qualification

*The Premier League’s top four teams automatically qualify for the Champions League group stage. Manchester City (95 points), Liverpool (94) and Chelsea (71) have already secured qualification.

*Fourth-placed Tottenham (70 points) need only a point from their final game to pip arch rivals Arsenal (67 points) to the final Champions League spot.

*For Arsenal to finish in the top four on the final day, they must beat Burnley away while Everton must win at Tottenham with an eight-goal swing in goal difference.

*If Tottenham do finish outside the top four, they can still qualify for the Champions League if they win the competition. They trail 1-0 on aggregate after the first leg of their semi-final tie against Ajax Amsterdam.

*Arsenal can also make it to Europe’s elite club competition if they win the Europa League. Arsenal and Chelsea are both in the semi-finals of the competition. Europa League winners gain automatic entry into the Champions League group stage.

*No more than five Premier League teams can qualify for the Champions League.

* The only way that five Premier League teams could qualify for the competition is if a team that does not finish in the top four wins the Champions League or the Europa League. This season, if Spurs finished fifth but won the Champions League or Arsenal finished fifth and won the Europa League, the Premier League would have five teams in the competition.

Europa League qualification

*The fifth-placed team in the league and the FA Cup winners automatically qualify for the Europa League group stage.

*If the FA Cup winner finishes in the top five of the Premier League, their Europa League group stage spot is allocated to the sixth-placed team.

*If Watford beat Manchester City to win the FA Cup, they are allocated a Europa League group stage spot and the sixth-placed team (Manchester United as things stand) must enter the qualifying round in July.

*If City win the FA Cup, the Europa League spot is passed down to the next-highest ranked team that has not qualified.

*League Cup winners are awarded a spot in the Europa League second qualifying round. But since this year’s winners City have already qualified for the Champions League, the spot goes to the next-highest ranked team that has not qualified.

*Therefore, Wolverhampton Wanderers, who have secured seventh place in the standings, will enter the Europa League qualifying rounds if City win the FA Cup.

*No more than seven English teams can be involved in European competitions. (Compiled by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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