English Football Promotions and Relegations, 2022-23 Season

Paul Gerald · Profile
English Football Promotions and Relegations, 2022-23 Season

Which English soccer teams have been promoted and relegated after the 2022-23 season? Who’s in the Football League playoffs? Which Premier League teams have made it into Europe?

We’re going to track everything here until it’s all said and done. But first, some quick background.

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Quick Review: How Does Promotion and Relegation Work in English Soccer?

At the end of each season, the top three teams in each league go up a league for the next season, and the bottom three drop down a league. And there are a lot of leagues up and down the so-called pyramid of English football. There are some variables on this, like playoffs being involved to settle some promotions, plus the question of where the top teams in the top league get “promoted to.”

We’ll get to those, but here’s a complete explanation of how promotion and relegation work in England:

English Football League Playoffs

Yes, English soccer has playoffs — not to determine champions, but to determine some promotion spots. For example, in the Championship, the second-tier league just below the Premier League, the top two finishers automatically go up, then numbers 3 through 6 battle it out for the third spot. The final of that mini tournament, played at Wembley Stadium, is often called the “richest game in world football,” as the winner gets a share of the Premier League TV money.

Here’s more about the English football playoffs.

“Getting into Europe” or, Promotion from the Premier League

Since the Premier League is the top league in England, where do its top teams go “up” to? The answer is European competitions — and the same is true for leagues all over the continent, like Germany’s Bundesliga, Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A.

This is what is meant by the phrase “getting into Europe,” or getting into “the European places” at the top of the Premier League. In England, it basically breaks down like this:

• Spots 1-4: UEFA Champions League
• Spot 5 + FA Cup winner: UEFA Europa League. This year the FA Cup winner will be either Man City or Man United, who will also qualify for Champions League or Europa League, so #6 in the Premier League also gets a Europa spot.
• League Cup Winner: UEFA Europa Conference League — unless that team also finishes in the top four. This year, Man United won the League Cup, so that, plus the FA Cup business above, means #7 in the Premier League goes to the Conference League.

Here’s more about getting into Europe.

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English Football Promotions and Relegations, 2022-23 Season

Premier League: European Places

Champions League:

Manchester City
Manchester United
Newcastle United

Europa League:

Brighton in 6th place, because the winner of the FA Cup will be either Manchester City or Manchester United, so their spot goes to the team in 6th.

Europa Conference League:

Aston Villa

Here’s the final Premier League table from the BBC.

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From the Premier League down to the Championship

Leicester City
Leeds United

From the Championship up to the Premier League

Sheffield United
Luton Town

From the Championship down to League One


Here’s the final Championship table from the BBC.

From League One up to the Championship:

Plymouth Argyle
Ipswich Town
Sheffield Wednesday

From League One down to League Two:

MK Dons
Accrington Stanley
Forest Green Rovers

Here’s the final League One table.

From League Two up to League One:

Leyton Orient
Northampton Town
Carlisle United

From League Two down to the National League:

Hartlepool United
Rochdale after 102 years in the Football League

Here is the final League Two table.

From the National League up to the Football League Two

Notts County

From the National League down to National League South or North:

Torquay United
Yeovil Town
Scunthorpe United
Maidstone United

Here’s the final National League table from the BBC.

From the National League North to the National League

AFC Fylde
Kidderminster Harriers

From the National League South to the National League

Ebbsfleet United
Oxford City

Written By Paul Gerald
Paul Gerald, Owner and Founder of Groundhopper Soccer Guides · Profile
Paul is a traveler, writer, publisher and soccer freak. He started Groundhopper Soccer Guides as EnglishSoccerGuide.com in 2014. When he's not kicking around England working on this site and his book, you can find him at Providence Park in Portland, cheering on the Portland Timbers.

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