At least one thing we are finding out in infinite detail – how a team can qualify for the Europa League from England.
Everton manager David Moyes – now we know why he’s smiling!
I had a piece out yesterday on the Fair Play rules, and I had a few responses to that article from our knowledgeable readers.
We had assumed that as long as Everton didn’t win the FA Cup, then if Newcastle could get into 6th place – we were in the Europa League.
But it just so happens that’s not exactly true, as one or two readers have pointed out.
If a team loses the final but the other team has already qualified for Europe, they get one of the Europa League places.
I’ve taken this piece directly from the official Premier League site on qualification for the Europa League:
There are three places available in the UEFA Europa League
The FA Cup winners will enter at the Group Stage
The fifth-placed team in the Barclays Premier League will enter at the Play-Off stage
The Carling Cup winners will enter at the Q3 stage
In the event The FA Cup winners also qualify for the UEFA Champions League, The FA Cup runner-up will qualify for the UEFA Europa League, but in the place reserved for the lowest ranking Barclays Premier League representative – unless it stops Newcastle from qualifying
The place with direct access to the Group Stage will be given to the club that finishes in the highest position in the Barclays Premier League of the clubs qualifying for the UEFA Europa League.
If an English team wins the UEFA Europa League they will enter the next season’s competition at the Group Stage, gaining an extra domestic place only if they fail to qualify through other means for either of the two European competitions.
If the holders of the UEFA Europa League have already qualified for Europe, no extra domestic place will be gained.
If The FA Cup winners, runners-up (if applicable) and the Carling Cup winners have already qualified for Europe, their place goes to the next best placed clubs in the Barclays Premier League.
And just to clarify how non-exact this process can be, there’s this note at the bottom of the page:
The above is purely a guide to the qualification procedure at present. From time to time other scenarios may occur which could mean that the above procedures may need to be reviewed.
And yes – you got me – I added that statement – unless it stops Newcastle from qualifying – but that would do it – and maybe that should be a specific scenario for this season?
It seems there’s only one way Newcastle can be certain to qualify for the Europa League next season – and not have to rely on others – and that’s by pipping Chelsea for 5th place.
And we’ll have to beat them on points because of our poor goal difference, and that’s why we need a win at Swansea tomorrow, and hope Wigan are in inspired form at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Newcastle need to get as many wins as possible after that, in the final 6 games of the season.
That should do it – and then Chelsea will have to spend a few (hundred?) million more in the summer to try to catch Newcastle next season. 😀
I love it!