Summary

  • Top three qualify for UEFA Champions League group stages.
  • Fourth is guaranteed European football.
  • Seventh can qualify for Europa League dependant on DFB Cup final result.

Who qualifies for which European competition? bundesliga.com explains!

With Germany sitting second in the UEFA association club coefficients, the Bundesliga's top three automatically qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Champions League. Fourth place have to come through a two-legged qualifier to reach the group stages, but should they fail to do so they are guaranteed a place in the UEFA Europa League.

When is seventh place enough?

Qualifying for the Europa League is a little bit more complicated as the number of teams is dependent of the result of the DFB Cup, which cannot be determined until after the final of the competition is played. The sides that finish in fifth and sixth are assured of Europa League football. Should the DFB Cup winner have already qualified for Europe based on their league position, then the team who finish in seventh will be entered into the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League.  

The one exception to this rule is if a Bundesliga side wins the Europa League, but doesn't win the DFB Cup. At that point the seventh-placed side does not qualify for Europe.

Up until the 2013/14 season, the losing team in the DFB Cup would also qualify for the Europa League providing the winner had already booked their place in the Champions League courtesy of the league standing. The last team to profit from this nuance were VfB Stuttgart in 2013 when they finished 12th in the Bundesliga.