14/15 European football guide

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: May 18 2014, 13:50 BST

Cup wins for Arsenal and St Johnstone finalised which English and Scottish sides will enter Europe next season and also when they will do so.

Arsenal's win over Hull had implications for both Everton and Spurs.

Below we guide you through which English and Scottish sides will enter when next season and when the draws will be made.


Manchester City (1st in Premier League) 

The Premier League champions go straight into the group stage. They will find out their group opponents on August 28. The first round of group matches is on September 16 & 17. 

Liverpool (2nd in Premier League) 

The Reds will return to Europe’s top table for the first time since 2009/10. Like City, they enter at the group stage so will begin their campaign in mid-September. However, their absence from the competition in recent years means a tough draw on August 28 likely awaits.

Chelsea (3rd in Premier League) 

A top-three finish means Chelsea also enter at the group stage, the final matches of which are on December 9 & 10. Other match dates are September 30 & October 1, October 21 & 22, November 4 & 5 and November 25 & 26. 

Arsenal (4th in Premier League) 

The Gunners must enter at the play-off stage, needing to win a two-legged tie to reach the group stage. This tie will be against another ‘non-champion’. In previous years, Arsenal have beaten Fenerbahce and Udinese at this stage. The play-off draw will be held on August 8. The first leg will take place on August 19 or 20 - a few days after the start of the new Premier League season - with the second on August 26 or 27. 

Celtic (1st in Scottish Premiership) 

The Scottish champions will enter the competition in the second qualifying round, meaning they must win three two-legged ties to reach the group stage. The good news is these ties will be against other champions from across Europe and not teams who finished second, third or fourth in some of Europe’s bigger leagues. The Bhoys managed this feat earlier this season when they beat Cliftonville, Elfsborg and Shakhtyor Karaganda to book their place in the main competition. Celtic will learn their first opponents on June 23 with the second qualifying round matches taking place on July 15-16 and 22-23. The third qualifying round dates are July 29-30 and August 5-6 (draw on July 18). 

  • The 2014/15 final will be played in Berlin on June 6. It will be the first time since 1971 that the European Cup final has been staged in June and the latest final since the very first one back in 1956. 


Hull (FA Cup runners-up) 

Had Hull won Saturday's FA Cup final they would have gone straight into the Europa League group stages. But, by finishing runners-up, the Tigers will have to start in the third qualifying round, needing to win two, two-legged ties to reach the group stage. The third-qualifying round ties will take place on July 31 and August 7 – well before the start of the Premier League on August 16. They will be drawn on July 18. 

Everton (5th in Premier League) 

The Blues return to European competition for the first time since 2009/10. Arsenal's FA Cup triumph means Everton will go straight into the group stage, which starts on September 18. The draw takes place on August 29. Other group-stage matches will take place on October 2 & 23, November 6 & 27 and December 11.

Tottenham (6th in Premier League)

Arsenal's FA Cup win had something a silver lining for arch rivals Spurs - they will now enter the Europa League in the play-off stage rather than the third qualifying round. The dates for the play-offs are August 21 and 28, the draw for which takes place on August 8.

St Johnstone (Scottish Cup winners) 

After their historic Scottish Cup win over Dundee United, the Super J's will start their European campaign in the second qualifying round, the draw for which takes place on June 23. The matches themselves are on July 17 and 24. 

Motherwell (2nd in Scottish Premiership) 

Like the Scottish Cup winners, the Premiership runners-up will start in the second qualifying round, needing to win three two-legged ties in order to reach the group stage. Draw and match dates can be found above. 

Aberdeen (3rd in Scottish Premiership)

Of all the English and Scottish teams, the earliest starters will be Aberdeen, who enter in the first qualifying round. That means a first European game on July 3 – prior to the World Cup quarter-finals taking place and more than five weeks before the new SPFL season begins on August 9. The second leg is on July 10. The draw takes place on June 23. 

  • The 2015 Europa League final will take place in Warsaw on May 27. Third qualifying round entrants must play 19 matches if they are to win trophy.