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What is the Europa Conference League? Who qualifies? When will games be played?

Provided Chelsea and Leicester remain in the top five – or Thomas Tuchel’s side go on to lift the Champions League – the Premier League’s seventh-placed team will qualify for the Europa Conference League next season

Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton, Arsenal and several other clubs may find themselves in UEFA’s new Conference League competition next season. But just what is it?

The UEFA Europa Conference League will be the third UEFA club competition and run alongside both the Champions League and Europa League.

The idea behind the Europa Conference League is to give more clubs a taste of European football, particularly sides from countries that struggle to qualify for the other two UEFA competitions. But there’s a spot up for grabs for English clubs, too.

It’s looking increasingly likely the seventh-placed Premier League team will qualify.

The winner of the Carabao Cup was guaranteed to qualify for the Europa Conference League play-off round. But after Manchester City lifted the trophy – having already secured a place in the Champions League qualifying spot – their place will be passed on to the next highest-ranked Premier League side which has not qualified for a UEFA competition.

Meanwhile, Chelsea face Leicester in the FA Cup final and both of those sides are currently in the top four in the Premier League. If they stay there, they will qualify for the Champions League, meaning the Europa League qualifying spot for winning the FA Cup will be passed on to the next highest-ranked Premier League side which has not qualified for a UEFA competition.

 

Provided Chelsea and Leicester remain in the top five – or Thomas Tuchel’s side go on to lift the Champions League – the Premier League’s seventh-placed team will qualify for the Europa Conference League next season.

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