Qualification for European competitions will be on 'sporting merit' if leagues don't finish

UEFA executive committee have decided that if leagues don’t finish the 2019/20 season, then qualification for the Champions League and Europa League will be done on a point-per-game system.

Martyn Ziegler, the chief reporter for The Times, tweeted: “Hearing UEFA’s executive committee has just decided that if leagues do not finish then qualification for Champions League/Europa League should be on sporting merit (which sounds like points per game).”

That would mean Liverpool, Leicester City, Chelsea and Manchester United would qualify for the Champions League – if Manchester City’s Champions League ban remains in place.

Meanwhile, Sheffield United and Wolves could qualify for the Europa League.

Of course, it’s the Premier League’s priority to finish the current campaign but, if that’s not possible, UEFA will go on ‘sporting merit.’

While Ziegler added that “UEFA’s guidelines ONLY affects European qualification, not domestic issues” that didn’t stop Oliver Kay from the Athletic from working out how that would affect the Premier League.

He revealed how Sheffield United would go above Wolves thanks to their game in hand, while Arsenal would also leapfrog north London rivals Tottenham.

Elsewhere in Europe, though, Atletico Madrid would have to settle for a Europa League place as they currently sit sixth in La Liga. Real Sociedad would enter the Champions League along with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Sevilla.

In Italy, Juventus, Lazio, Inter Milan and Atalanta would enter Europe’s elite competition, with Roma and Napoli having to settle for the Europa League.

The four teams qualifying for the Champions League in Germany would be Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Borussia Monchengladbach, with Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Schalke going into the Europa League.

And in France, Paris Saint-Germain will be joined by Marseille and Rennes in the Champions League, with Lille missing out.

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