It's all here 2011 but I will try to simplify it The 3 teams that qualify Via the Fair Play route ( drawn from the top 6 European F.A.'s ) enter at the very first Qualifying round of 52 teams . League Cup winners go into 3RD Qualifying round The Premiership 5TH placed team + FA Cup winners go into the next round which is the Play-Off Round of 74 Teams ( Which are made up of the 35 winners of the [Previous] 3RD qualifying round + 15 losing teams of the CL 3RD qualifying round + some other waifs and strays ) This produces the anomaly that the countries that are 7-9 in the Ranking List ( Ukraine , Romania & Portugal ) actually get 4 teams to qualify automatically , and the top six countries ( England , Spain , Italy , Germany , France & Russia ) only get an automatic 3 places + 3 from 6 only for the 3 Fair Play spots . If Man City win the FA Cup and finish 4TH then Stoke will get the Europa Cup place . Simples !!