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England Retain Four Champions League Spots

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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.

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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.