For the first time in Premier League history, five teams could get Champions League slots during the 2023/2024 campaign.
A change in the competition’s format for the 2024/2025 season will see 36 teams playing in a ‘Swiss league’ style.
This would allow for an additional place to be allocated to the two countries whose teams perform best across all UEFA competitions.
For this to happen, the English clubs in this year’s campaign would have to provide one of the top two performances across the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League.
“We will likely only know when that fifth spot will come into play for the UCL towards the end of the season, when the geographical spread of the participating clubs in the latter stages of UEFA competitions is known,” a Premier League statement said.
Traditionally, the top four clubs qualify for the Champions League.