The UEFA Nations League is good attempt at getting the thrill of International football back in the game by replacing all of the friendlies that no one really cares about [See Ryan Giggs]. Anyway, you want to know all about the UEFA Nations League? Here’s how it works:
- The UEFA Nations League is an international competition which the 55 member nations of UEFA will take part.
- It will be held every two years ending with an even number
- The tournament starts in September 2018, a few months after the World Cup and the winner will be decided in June 2019.
- The competition will replace most friendly international games
- The games will be played in the host country which will be decided in December 2018
- The 55 teams will be divided into four leagues and they have been organised into seeding pots.
- There will be 12 teams will be in each League. (League A,B,C,D)
- The lowest league (D) will be populated by drawing from the lowest seeds and the process will work upwards to the highest seeds from C, to D, and A.
- In the top division League A, teams will compete to become the UEFA nations League champions.
- Teams will be promoted and relegates through leagues.
- The UEFA Nations League will also be linked with the Euro qualifiers as another way to qualify
- The draw for the first ever UEFA Nations League be on Wednesday 24th January 2018 (11:00 GMT)
- It will be streamed live on UEFA.COM and updates provided on their social media channels
- In the UK Sky Sports have the rights to UEFA Nations League matches for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales so the draw will be shown on Sky too.
- UEFA’s executive committee have decided that Russia and Ukraine aren’t going to be drawn together in League B. the same ruling applies to Armenia and Azerbaijan in group D.
- In League C because of winter venue issues in Norway, Finland, Estonia and Lithuania – only a single group can only contain two of these teams.
- Travel issues in League D also mean that no group can have more than one of the following pairs of teams: Andorra and Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan, Gibraltar and Kazakhstan, Gibraltar and Azerbaijan.