Last updated on September 11th, 2022
There are many football competitions that teams will play, such as the Premier League and the Europa League.
- 1 The difference between the Europa League and Premier League
- 2 Number of teams involved
- 3 Origin of teams
- 4 Frequency and duration of competition
- 5 Format of competition
- 6 Number of matches played
- 7 Squad size
- 8 Qualification for competition
- 9 Loan player rules
- 10 Rewards for winning competition
- 11 Verdict
- 12 Conclusion
The difference between the Europa League and Premier League
The Premier League is a double round-robin competition that involves the top 20 English teams. Meanwhile, the Europa League consists of a group stage and a knockout round and involves the top 32 clubs that do not qualify for the Champions League.
Here is an in-depth explanation of the differences between these 2 competitions:
Number of teams involved
The Europa League contains 32 teams from European football. These teams are usually those who do not make it to the Champions League.
Origin of teams
The Europa League consists of the top teams that come from the different UEFA countries. Currently, there are 55 member countries that are in UEFA.
To qualify for the Europa League, your team has to originate from a member country of UEFA. Otherwise, you will have to play in the continental competition where your country is from.
The Europa League will contain a lot of teams that you may not have heard of, as these are usually the teams that are not the champions of their respective domestic leagues.
Some teams you may not have heard of include:
There is definitely a wider variety of teams that are found in the Europa League, as they may not come from the top leagues in football including:
- Premier League
- La Liga
- Serie A
- Ligue 1
Meanwhile, the Premier League only contains teams that are from England. These are the top 20 teams in the entire English football system.
However, due to historical reasons, it may be possible that some Welsh teams can play in the Premier League too!
Frequency and duration of competition
Both competitions occur on a yearly basis, as part of the club football calendar.
The Europa League usually runs the span of around 10 months, between July to May. The first few matches in July are the qualifying rounds.
The group stages will only start in September, one month after the European football season has started.
Meanwhile, the Premier League starts in August and ends in May. It is slightly shorter compared to the Europa League.
The Premier League matches are played almost every week, apart from international friendlies and weekends reserved for cup competitions.
Format of competition
The Europa League consists of a group stage, and then a knockout round.
Meanwhile, the 3rd team in the group stages will participate in knockout round qualification in the Europa Conference League.
If you’re wondering what happens if the top teams have the same points in the group stages, you can check out this article to find out more.
Meanwhile, the Premier League follows a double round-robin league format. Each team will play against the other 19 clubs in the league.
Number of matches played
For the Europa League, the number of matches your team plays depends on how far they go into the competition.
Here are the number of matches your team will play in total if they reach the final from the Group Stages:
|Round of 16||2|
As such, the maximum number of matches that your team can play in the Europa League is 13. If your team gets knocked out in the earlier stages, they will play fewer matches.
However, if your team is in second place of a Europa League group, they will need to play a qualification round for the round of 16 against the third-placed team in the Champions League. This means that your team will play 2 extra games, leading to a total of 15 games.
If your team is in the Premier League, they will play 38 matches. This is because your team will play against the other 19 clubs in the league, both home and away.
For the Europa League, the squad size is similar.
The first list (List A) has a maximum of 25 players, where 8 of them have to be homegrown players. Meanwhile, the second list (List B) consists of players who are born on or after 1 Jan 1995 as well as other requirements.
Qualification for competition
In the Europa League, there are 3 ways that you can qualify for the competition:
|League position||Highest league position that |
does not qualify for Champions League
|Previous season’s winner||Europa Conference |
If you win certain cup competitions such as the FA Cup or Copa del Rey, you will qualify for the Europa League if you had not already qualified for the Champions League.
To qualify to be in the Premier League, your team will need to be in the top 20 football teams in the English football pyramid. If they are starting at the bottom of the pyramid, they will need to get promoted to the different tiers, and ultimately reach the Premier League.
One of the most gruelling competitions is the EFL Championship, which is the second tier of English football. There are 24 teams that are competing for 3 spots in the Premier League.
The teams that are in 3rd to 6th place will compete in the Championship playoffs. This is one of the most intense competitions, especially since there is a Premier League spot at stake!
Loan player rules
You can read more about the loan players rules in the different leagues with my guide.
Rewards for winning competition
Here are the rewards you’ll receive when you win either competition:
|Europa League||Premier League|
|Qualification for next |
season’s Champions League
for Super Cup
|UEFA Super Cup||FA Community Shield|
When comparing between the 2020/21 prize money that the winners received in the Premier League and the Europa League, the Premier League winners received much more (£153.9 million vs £7.5 million).
This could probably be due to the huge amount of TV money that the Premier League generates.
Furthermore, the winners of both the Premier League and the Europa League will be guaranteed automatic qualification to the UEFA Champions League group stages.
In terms of the Super Cup competitions that they play, the Premier League winners will play against the FA Cup winners in the FA Community Shield.
Meanwhile, the Champions League winners will play against the Europa League winners in the UEFA Super Cup.
You can find out whether the Europa League can be considered a major trophy here.
|Europa League||Premier League|
|10 months||10 months|
|Up to 15||38|
|Squad size||25 + List B|
|Qualification for competition||Highest league position|
that does not qualify for
|Top 20 teams |
|Loan player rules||Can play |
against parent club
against parent club
|Europe qualification||Champions League||Champions League|
|Super Cup||UEFA Super Cup||Community Shield|
Both the Europa League and Premier League are important football competitions that happen during the season.
Due to the prestige that the Premier League has in terms of prize money, most players may still hold this competition in higher regard!
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