The and finals will be contested by four English teams for the first time in history.

and Tottenham meet in the final in Madrid on 1 June, with and playing in the final in on Wednesday, 29 May.

With the winners of both tournaments getting in next season’s , what does that mean for English qualification places? BBC Sport has a look.

Who qualifies for usually?

The top four teams in the qualify for the , while the FA Cup winners, the Carabao Cup winners and the fifth-placed side in the top flight go into the .

If the cup winners finish in the top four, their places go to the teams ranked sixth and seventh.

But the winners of the and – both guaranteed to be English – also qualify. So what happens here?

Will England get an extra spot?

England will only get a fifth team in the if a club who finish outside the top four win one of the tournaments.

are likely to finish fifth (or sixth if Manchester United overtake them on the final day). The Gunners are three points and eight goals behind Tottenham with one game left.

That would mean they need to win the to qualify for next season’s . In the unlikely event that Tottenham finish fifth, then Mauricio Pochettino’s side would need to win the . Othere fifth spot means a place for next season.

What happens if a team win either cup and finish in the top four?

Top of the Premier League

and are guaranteed top-four spots, with Tottenham likely to book theirs on Sunday.

If any of those teams win their tournament, their spot does not transfer down to the next side.

So cannot finish fifth, lose their final and qualify for the .

What happens to their spot may surprise you.

If win the , it means Austrian champions Salzburg go straight into the group stages instead of qualifying. That is because the Austrian Bundesliga, at 11th, is the top-ranked league not to have an automatic qualifier.

Presuming Spurs hold onto a top-four spot, then the third-placed team in France’s Ligue 1 – likely to be Lyon or Saint-Etienne – go straight into the group stages instead of the qualifiers. France is the highest-ranked league, at fifth, to have a team enter the qualifiers.

So can deny a place?

Yes, effectively can stop qualifying for the twice – through both the and (again presuming don’t finish in the top four).

’s side’s group spot for next season is booked through the league, which means all they are playing for in the final is the prestige of winning the trophy.

If they win, they are still in the and miss out. If win, then they will both be in next season’s .

But are guaranteed at least a group spot, right?


The teams who finish fifth (unless they win one of the tournaments) and sixth will qualify for the – along with the FA Cup winners.

That will probably be and Manchester United in either order. If Manchester City win the FA Cup, then seventh place in the will go into the second qualifying round on 25 July.

But if Watford win the FA Cup, then the Hornets will go straight into the group stages – and sixth place in the goes into the qualifiers instead.

That would mean or United’s first leg would clash with their pre-season plans abroad.