UEFA Nations League: Line Up Revealed

55 teams across Europe prepare to do battle in the tournament

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The four leagues for the fresh UEFA Nations League have been confirmed.

Highpoint of the revelation is the Netherlands snatching a spot from Wales.

Wales missed out on a place in the newly introduced tournament after losing their final World Cup qualifier.

The Nations League sees the 55 European national teams grouped into four dependent on their rankings

The top 12 goes into League A.

England are in League A with Scotland in League C.

The Final Four tournament will end the tournament in summer of 2019.

The idea behind setting up this new tournament, is to ensure nations face opponents of similar quality.

The groups

Pot A

Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Croatia, Netherlands

  • Teams will be split into four groups of three, with the winners contesting the Final Four
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to Pot B
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for Euro 2020 will contest a playoff with one finals place on offer

Pot B

Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey

  • Teams will be split into four groups of three with the winners being promoted to Pot A
  • The four teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to Pot C
  • The top four ranked teams that do not qualify for Euro 2020 will contest a playoff with one finals place on offer

Pot C

ScCOTLAND, PAT OF Pot C GROUP

Hungary, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Norway, Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania

  • Teams will be split into one group of three and three groups of four with the winners being promoted to Pot B
  • The four teams that finish bottom of the groups will be relegated to Pot D
  • The top four-ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

Pot D

Azerbaijan, FYR Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino, Gibraltar

  • Teams will be split into four groups of four with the winners being promoted to Pot C
  • The top four-ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer

About UEFA Nations League

This tournament beginning next year, will see European nations competing in a league format.

The top four nations will then compete in the ‘Final Four’, a summer showpiece event to be held in 2019.

UEFA Nations League is the culmination of six years of planning by European football’s governing body.

Format and how it will work

A total of 55 nations will be divided up into four mini-leagues (A, B, C, D).

League allocation will be determined by each country’s UEFA ranking in November 2017

Firstly, the leagues will be graded with the highest ranking nations in League A, the next highest in League B etc.

Each league will then be split into groups made up of three or four teams

At the end of each round of fixtures, four teams will be relegated to the league below and four teams will be promoted to the league above.

They will play at their new league level in the next version of the competition, which will start in 2020

Winners from each of the four groups in League A will compete in the Final Four in the summer of 2019

Final Four and how it works

The four group winners from League A will compete in semi-finals (one leg only)

Then, the final, with the winner being crowned Nations League champion

Final Four will always occur the summer after the group stages.

Period for matches

League/group matches will take place on six days, spread across international breaks in September, October and November

Next, the Final Four matches will then take place during the following summer after club competitions have ended.

Basic effect of the League

Numbers of friendlies played by European nations will be greatly reduced

There will still be enough time for nations to play friendlies though, particularly in the build up to big tournaments as World Cups and Euros.

Benefits

The idea behind the UEFA Nations League is to reduce the number of unnecessary friendlies and try to ensure nations face opponents of similar quality.

Additionally, UEFA have added a rule which gives lower ranked teams better opportunities to reach the Euros.

The 16 lowest ranked teams will now be guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying spots at the European Championships.

Calendar

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Group stage draw*: 24 January 2018 – SwissTech Convention Centre, Lausanne Matchday 1: 6–8 September 2018
Matchday 2: 9–11 September 2018
Matchday 3: 11–13 October 2018
Matchday 4: 14–16 October 2018
Matchday 5: 15–17 November 2018
Matchday 6: 18–20 November 2018
Finals draw: early December 2018
Finals: 5–9 June 2019
UEFA EURO 2020 play-off draw: 22 November 2019
UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs: 26–31 March 2020

Teams in three-sided groups will play on four of the six matchdays.

*Note that Russia and Ukraine will not be drawn into the same group. Same applies to Armenia and Azerbaijan if the current UEFA Executive Committee decisions still apply when the draw is made.

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