The Premier League has been awarded an extra place in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League after UEFA announced that England had finished in second in the UEFA Respect Fair Play rankings.
The UEFA Respect fair play rankings for 2014/15 are based on the fair play results from all UEFA competition matches played at club and national team level between 1 May 2014 and 30 April 2015. The three addtional UEFA Europa League places automatically go to the top three national associations, which are the Netherlands, England and Ireland.
As a result, one club from the Barclays Premier League will enter the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League at its first qualifying round on 2 July. That will be the club finishing highest in the Barclays Premier League Fair Play Table at the end of the 2014/15 season who have not qualified for Europe via the league or cup competitions.
As things stand, that would be West Ham United, who are second in the Fair Play Table (hyperlink) after Liverpool, who were they to finish in their present of fifth would qualify for the group stage of the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League. The club who have qualified will be determined once the final positions in the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League and in the Fair Play Table are known. This will be after the final matches on 24 May.
Fair Play Table Top 7 after MW34POS CLUB P R/Y P/P R/O R/R B/O PTS SCORE AVG
1 Liverpool 34 274 271 195 204 182 1126 281.5 8.3
2 West Ham 34 276 271 194 199 185 1125 281.25 8.3
3 Everton 34 276 262 198 196 183 1115 278.75 8.2
4 Man City 34 265 272 197 197 182 1113 278.25 8.2
5 Burnley 34 279 255 202 202 174 1112 278 8.2
6 Southampton 34 280 264 189 196 182 1111 277.75 8.2
7 Man Utd 34 269 257 199 196 187 1108 277 8.1
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How the Fair Play Table is calculated >>
At present the clubs who finish in the top four positions in the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League will qualify to compete in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League (1st-3rd in the group stages and 4th for the play-off stage).
Outside the UEFA Respect fair play rankings, there are three UEFA Europa League places given to English clubs who fulfil the following criteria: winning the FA Cup, winning the Capital One Cup and finishing fifth in the Barclays Premier League.
If the FA Cup winners finish in the top five of the Barclays Premier League, their UEFA Europa League group stage place goes to the sixth-placed team.
With the Capital One Cup winners, Chelsea, now guaranteed a top-five finish, their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round place goes to the next-highest ranked team in the Barclays Premier League, the sixth-placed team.
If Arsenal were to beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup Final this month, the team finishing seventh will qualify for the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round, but were Villa to win, they will go into the group stages. UEFA Champions League UEFA Europa League
stage Play-off Group
P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 FA Cup CO Cup
If team in the top 5 win the FA Cup P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 CO Cup
If team in top 5 win Capital One Cup P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 FA Cup P6
If team(s) in top 5 win FA & CO Cups P1 P2 P3 P4 P5 P6 P7
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