Tottenham secured seventh spot with a 4-2 win at Leicester on the final day to qualify for the Europa Conference League next season; substitute Gareth Bale scored twice to secure win and edge out Arsenal
Sunday 23 May 2021 23:52, UK
Tottenham pipped Arsenal on the final day to qualify for UEFA's new Europa Conference League in 2021/22 . Here's all you need to know...
The UEFA Europa Conference League will be the third UEFA club competition and run alongside both the Champions League and Europa League.
The idea behind the Europa Conference League is to give more clubs a taste of European football, particularly sides from countries that struggle to qualify for the other two UEFA competitions. But there's a spot up for grabs for English clubs, too.
The seventh-placed Premier League team qualifies for the competition.
Spurs secured qualification for the inaugural campaign with seventh place on 62 points. Arsenal were set to enter the competition with three minutes left on the clock, but substitute Gareth Bale scored a late double to secure the win at Leicester - sending Spurs one point clear of their north London rivals.
Yes. The Europa League and Europa Conference League fixtures will both take place on Thursdays, with kick-offs at 5.45pm and 8pm UK time.
The competition is set to get under way in 2021/22 and run throughout the 2021/24 cycle at least.
There will be a First Qualifying Round, Second Qualifying Round, Third Qualifying Round and then a Play-Off round before the Group Stage.
The English team will enter at the Play-Off round, a two-legged affair on August 19 and August 26. The Premier League season starts on the weekend of August 14.
The eight group winners automatically go through to the last 16. Additional knockout round play-offs will then be played before the round of 16 between the eight group runners-up and the third-ranked teams of the Europa League groups.
|Phase||First leg||Second leg|
|First Qualifying||July 8||July 15|
|Second Qualifying (Scottish teams enter)||July 22||July 29|
|Third Qualifying||August 5||August 12|
|Play-offs (English team enters)||August 19||August 26|
This means if an English team reaches the Europa Conference League final, they will play an additional 15 games, or 17 games if they finish second in their group.
|Matchday 1||September 16|
|Matchday 2||September 30|
|Matchday 3||October 21|
|Matchday 4||November 4|
|Matchday 5||November 25|
|Matchday 6||December 9|
The final will take place on May 25 in Tirana, Albania.
|Phase||First leg||Second leg|
|Knockout play-offs||February 17||February 24|
|Round of 16||March 10||March 17|
|Quarter-finals||April 7||April 14|
|Semi-finals||April 28||May 5|
The new structure for UEFA club competitions will ensure at least 34 UEFA national associations are represented in the group stage of one or more competitions.
Spain, England, Germany, Italy and France all get one team, while Scotland, Portugal, Netherlands, Russia and Belgium get two.
Hibernian and Aberdeen have already qualified for next season's Europa Conference League, joining at the Second Qualifying Round.