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Football UEFA Nations League

  1. Well now the group stage of the World Cup Qualifiers are over UEFA have confirmed the Teams for each League for their new National League System that will see promotion and relegation and also provide Qualifiers for Euro 2020.

    League A


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

    Teams will be split into four groups of three, with the group winners then contesting the UEFA Nations League Finals (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.

    The four sides that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.

    The top four-ranked League A teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter play-offs in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

    League 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. The four group winners are promoted to League A, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League C for the next competition, to be played in 2020.

    The top four-ranked League B teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter play-offs in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

    League C

    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. The four group winners are promoted to League B, with the four sides that finish bottom relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.

    The top four-ranked League C teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter play-offs in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

    League 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 four group winners promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.

    The top four-ranked League D teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter play-offs in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.
    How were the line-ups were determined

    UEFA Nations League explained
    The 55 participating teams were split according to their position in the UEFA National Team Coefficient Rankings following the end of the European Qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup (as per 11 October 2017; play-off results will not be included).

    League A includes the 12 top-ranked teams. The next 12 teams are in League B, the next 15 in League C and the remaining 16 in League D.

    UEFA Nations League calendar

    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. The same applies to Armenia and Azerbaijan if the current UEFA Executive Committee decisions still apply when the draw is made.

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  2. I must confess I'm still not entirely sure what the point of this is?

    Is it just a replacement for friendlies with an extra chance of qualifying for Euro 2020?
     
  3. I'm not so sure I like it. When's a team supposed to experiment if there's always competitiveness to games? Will probably lead to less young players being blooded at countries.

    Also rules out chances of glamour friendlies against non European sides. Who doesn't like when a Brazil or Argentina come to town.
     
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  4. Why are they having the Euro 2020 qualifiers draw on the 2nd of December and this in January, if the qualifiers aren't starting until March 2019? Seems nuts.
     
  5. There is still the normal qualification process for the Euros, this is to replaces friendlies mostly for the lower ranked teams. Those is groups of 3 will still be able to play friendlies.

    Looking at the system it would be easy to fix to get an easier change of qualification by getting yourself relegated to League D.

    It will also stop countries like Norway and Switzerland not playing games outside of World Cup and Euro Qualifiers to boost their FIFA rankings

    The group draw for the qualifiers is on December 2nd 2018
     
  6. I like it, in theory.

    Will see how it goes before I make my final judgement.
    TV money made from the Group A games I would imagine is a huge part of it.
     
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