Newcastle United to play in 36-team 'Euro super league' and exact requirements to get there

Newcastle United will be facing a hectic schedule if they clinch their place in the Europa Conference League or Europa League next season.

A raft of changes by UEFA mean that the competitions will be bulkier and Newcastle could face play-off games at some point of either competition. After enjoying the luxury of playing games earlier in the week in the Champions League, Newcastle would have to get their heads around playing Thursday nights and seeing games switched to a Sunday, something that Alan Pardew struggled with in the 2012/13 season.

UEFA's guidance on the Europa Conference League and Europa League for the 2024/25 season is as follows: "The biggest change is to the group stage, which will become a single 36-team League stage. Each side faces six different teams (three at home, three away).

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"The top eight overall advance directly to the round of 16; sides finishing from ninth to 24th will contest the knockout round play-offs, with the victors going through to the last 16. From then on it is a straight knockout."

The prize for winning the Europa Conference League would be a place in the 2025/26 season's Europa League group stages while winning the Europa League would earn a coveted Champions League place.

Where do Newcastle need to finish in the run-in for a Europa League slot?

The Premier League have released information on what Newcastle need to clinch their place in Europe. The top-flight's guidance reads: "There are two Europa League places available to English clubs. The first comes via finishing fifth in the Premier League. That position is currently occupied by Spurs, though Man Utd, Newcastle United and Chelsea, of the teams below, could still surpass their current total.

"The second Europa League place goes to the FA Cup winners, either Man City or Man Utd. But if the FA Cup winners finish in the top five, this Europa League spot is passed down to the next-highest league finisher who has not qualified for Europe.

"Sixth is currently held by United, therefore they can also claim a Europa League place by winning the FA Cup or, if they lose the final to City who have already qualified for the Champions League, retaining the sixth spot.

"Man United staying there is far from certain though. Newcastle, West Ham, Chelsea, Bournemouth, Wolves and Brighton in 12th, can all still mathematically catch them."

And what about the Europa Conference League?

The Premier League guidance reads: "There is one spot up for grabs for Premier League sides for next season’s Europa Conference League.

"This initially is the prize for winning the EFL Cup, which Liverpool did this season. "With Liverpool now set to to be in the Champions League or Europa League, this place will go to the highest-finishing side who have not qualified for Europe. Currently that is, again, Man Utd’s position of sixth.

"If the Red Devils qualify for the Europa League via an FA Cup triumph or losing in the final and finishing sixth, the Europa Conference League spot will go to the team that finishes seventh. That is Newcastle’s current position, though, once again, teams as far down as Brighton remain in contention.

"If Man United finish below sixth and win the FA Cup, whoever does finish sixth will earn the Europa Conference League spot and seventh position will not result in entry to Europe."