English Premier League will retain four places in the Champions League until at least the end of the 2017-18 season, UEFA has confirmed.
Facing stiff competition from the Italian top flight league – which currently has only three spots – as a result of a fall in its rating in UEFA’s coefficient system, the Premier League was in danger of losing a spot after being just three points ahead of Serie A in last season’s rankings.
However, the progress of Manchester City and Liverpool to the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League and Europa League respectively, while the elimination of Roma, Juventus and Lazio from European competition, has reversed the situation.
UEFA confirmed that the top three leagues will retain four places each, with La Liga and the Bundesliga ahead of the English top-flight.
The Premier League has 12.750 points this season compared to Italy’s 11.500.
Allocations are determined a year in advance, meaning those for 2016-17 were set by the ratings at the end of the 2014-15 season.