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The idiot’s guide to Toon Europa qualification

March 23rd, 2012 | 77 Comments |

Newcastle United's Europa League qualification chances.
How do we get there?
Recently there has been some discussion on this ‘blog as to how Premier League teams qualify for Europe, so I thought I’d set out the qualification rules here and then look at Newcastle United’s options.

First of all the rules:

– England is awarded 4 Champions League and 3 Europa League spots. A further Europa League spot is up for grabs if England places in the top 3 of UEFA’s ‘Fair Play’ league and, if so, that place then goes to the English team who tops the Fair Play League.

– The top 3 positions qualify for the group stage of the Champions League automatically and the team finishing 4th has to win a 2-leg play-off to get into the group stage.

– The 5th position qualifies for the Europa League.

– The winners of the League Cup qualify for the Europa League. If the winners of the League Cup also qualify in some other way (ie. by their league position or via the FA Cup), the next highest League finisher qualifies for the Europa League.

– The winners of the FA Cup qualify for the Europa League. If the winners of the FA Cup also qualify for a Champions League position the runners-up qualify instead. If the runner-up has already qualified too, the next highest League finisher qualifies for the Europa League.

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