The new UEFA Nations League is a biennial international association football competition to be contested by the senior men’s national teams of the member associations of UEFA, the sport’s European governing body.
The first tournament is due to commence in September 2018, following the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The four group winners from League A will qualify for the finals, to be played at a yet to be decided European city in June 2019. Four nations, one from each League, will also qualify for the UEFA Euro 2020 finals.
The competition will largely replace international friendly matches currently played on the FIFA International Match Calendar.
UEFA Nations League Groups
UEFA Nations League B Groups
League B is made up by the teams ranked from 13 to 24 and, like League A, they are divided into four groups of three.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Republic of Ireland
UEFA Nations League C Groups
Unlike the top two tiers, League C features the next best 15 teams, with one group of three and three groups of four.
UEFA Nations League D Groups
League D is populated by the 16 lowest ranked teams and they are divided into four groups of four.
As mentioned, when matchday six has concluded, the Nations League then moves into the finals stage, which takes place in the summer of 2019. Four teams – the winners of Groups 1-4 in League A – compete in two semi-finals (on June 5 and 6) with a third-place play-off and final following (on June 9).
This section of the tournament will be held in a single country, but the host nation has not yet been chosen. However, UEFA has confirmed that Italy, Poland and Portugal have expressed interest.
European Championship Qualifying
The UEFA Nations League will also be linked with the European Championship, beginning with Euro 2020.
First of all, the overall ranking of the teams in the Nations League will be used to determined the seeding for the Euro 2020 qualification groups, the draw for which will be held in Dublin in December 2018 following the conclusion of the group games, which, as noted, finish in November.
Secondly, the Nations League will also potentially offer a route into the European Championship for teams that fail to reach the tournament through the qualification process.