The first 2 rounds of the FA Cup are for 2nd and 3rd Division clubs and non-league clubs. The Premier League and 1st Division clubs enter at round 3.
The first round of the League Cup is for all those clubs that were in the 2nd and 3rd Divisions in the previous season, and those clubs that finished in the bottom 8 of the 1st Division in the previous season. The Premier League clubs and the remaining 1st Division clubs appear in round 2.
The winners of the League Cup qualify for the UEFA Cup, as do the 3 highest placed clubs in the Premier League who do not qualify for the Champions Cup or Cup Winners Cup. The winners of the UEFA Cup qualify for that cup the following season. (Everton are included in the UEFA Cup in season 1996-97 because they finished in the 4th qualifying position in the Premier League in 95-96 but UEFA reduced English qualifiers to 3 for that season.)
The winners of the FA Cup qualify for the Cup Winners Cup. If the winners of the FA Cup also qualify for the Champions Cup or win the Cup Winners Cup the same season they win the FA Cup, then the losing FA Cup finalists qualify for the Cup Winners Cup. The winners of the Cup Winners Cup qualify for that cup the following season.
The Premier League Champions qualify for the Champions Cup as do the winners of the Champions Cup.
In the Champions League stages of the Champions Cup the top 2 teams in each group go on to the Quarter Finals. The groups are decided by points then goal difference, if 2 teams finish level the qualifiers are decided by the toss of a coin.