Another intriguing scrap for continental spots has unfolded in 2021-22, with some heavyweight outfits hitting their targets while others miss out
Another thrilling Premier League campaign has come to a close in 2021-22, with much sought-after tickets to Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League parties handed out alongside a prestigious title trophy.
Only four places among the continental elite have been secured through final top-flight standings, but three consolation prizes have also been snapped up.
Some heavyweight outfits have hit their ultimate targets when it comes to European qualification, but others have been left disappointed after seeing struggles for consistency cost them dear. Which sides have ended up where for 2022-23? GOAL takes a look…
Premier League European qualification: Teams in Champions League 2022-23
Title-chasing Manchester City and Liverpool are guaranteed to be gracing the group stage of next season’s Champions League.
They took another battle for domestic supremacy down to the wire in 2021-22, with the Blues prevailing by a solitary point after a thrilling final day.
It appeared for long periods as though Chelsea would ease their way to third place, but the Blues had to survive an uncharacteristic wobble in order to ensure that no nervous glances were shot over collective shoulders.
Arsenal, after a five-year absence from European football’s top table, have missed out on a place in the Premier League’s top four once again, with the exploits of north London neighbours Tottenham leaving them on the outside looking in.
Teams qualifying for the Champions League:
Premier League European qualification: Teams in Europa League 2022-23
Arsenal looked to be cruising back into the Champions League with only a few weeks of the season remaining, but all too familiar struggles for consistency crept in and led to an untimely slip down the standings being endured.
The Gunners could only finish fifth and have Thursday night football on the agenda for 2022-23.
Manchester United are in a similar boat, with the Red Devils seeing Champions League ambitions dashed for a fourth time in the space of seven years.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unable to get the Red Devils firing, even after acquiring the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, and interim coach Ralf Rangnick will head upstairs into a consultancy role at Old Trafford this summer knowing that he has also failed to deliver on his remit.
There was a very real threat that United, who are have posted their worst Premier League finish, could slip out of sixth spot and complete another humbling fall from grace, but they survived a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on the final day as West Ham failed to overhaul them.
No Europa League places will be filled by the winners of domestic cup competitions in England this season as Liverpool lifted both the FA Cup and Carabao Cup following penalty shootout victories over Chelsea.
Teams qualifying for the Europa League:
Premier League European qualification: Teams in Europa Conference League 2022-23
West Ham were in the hunt for Europa League glory through to the semi-final stage of that competition this season, before coming unstuck against eventual winners Eintracht Frankfurt, and had started to put all of their eggs in that particular basket.
While David Moyes’ men came up short there, they will be returning to a continental stage in 2022-23.
They could have clambered out of seventh and above Manchester United in the final round of fixtures, but threw away a half-time lead at Brighton to lose 3-1 at the Amex Stadium and end on a disappointing note.
There is just one place in the Europa Conference League up for grabs when it comes to teams in England, with Leicester dropping into it this season – and making their way to the last four – after slipping out of the Europa League.
Team qualifying for the Europa Conference League:
All tables correct as of 23/05/2022