UEFA confirm changes to Champions League qualification process that would offer fifth-placed Tottenham a place in the competition


UEFA have announced changes to the Champions League qualification process which could open up the possibility for fifth-placed Premier League teams to qualify.

Football’s governing body has scrapped controversial plans under which teams would be allocated a slot based on their performance over five years, fearing it could resemble European Super League plans.

Alteration to qualification process marks first overhaul of contest in 20 years
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Instead, UEFA opted to award four additional places in the tournament.

The top two additional places will be awarded to the best performing nations collectively.

This change in requirement means that if the new rules applied this year, England and the Netherlands would be the two countries that could send another team to the competition.

In the case of the Premier League, it would therefore be Tottenham Hotspur’s fifth place that would qualify for the Champions League.

Instead, Spurs battle it out with Arsenal for a coveted top four spot and meet in a decisive game on Thursday night, with victory for the Gunners securing their place in next season’s Champions League.

However, if the new regulations were in effect now, both teams would currently qualify for the competition.

UEFA confirm changes to Champions League qualification process that would offer fifth-placed Tottenham a place in the competition
Son and Kane would qualify for the Champions League if these rules were in place now
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Likewise, Leicester City would have qualified last season given that England were one of the two most successful countries where Chelsea beat Manchester City.

The other two places will go to the club third in the association championship to fifth in the UEFA National Association Rankings, as well as to another national champion, increasing the number of clubs in the “Champions Path” from four to five.

This brings the total number of competing teams from 32 to 36.

In addition to the qualification changes, the Champions League group stages will instead be a single 36-team league table, with the top eight teams qualifying and the ninth to twenty-fourth entering a play-off, which will be decided by knockout. .

The UEFA rule changes will come into effect in the 2024/25 season.


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