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Ireland placed in second tier for inaugural UEFA Nations League

Ireland placed in second tier for inaugural UEFA Nations League

Every country in Europe will participate in the new format which is meant to revolutionise global football.

What is the UEFA Nations League?

The top 12 nations, based on the 2017 UEFA National Ranking, are in League A will be drawn into four groups of three and play each other home and away on the global dates in September, October and November next year.

They believe matches across Europe will be more competitive, leading to more interest from supporters who have become bored with worldwide friendlies.

Will the Uefa Nations League be on TV? .

Teams will be split into four groups of three. It has promotion, relegation, back-door routes into major finals and - as part of the qualifying process for all future World Cups and European Championships - it's here to stay. The four group-winning teams in the division groups will progress to a final round to determine a champion.

The Guardian reports that Nations League games will still be counted as non-competitive.

In order to counteract what many view as meaningless global friendlies, UEFA have established the Nations League, which will be played off between teams of similar standards.

The Nations League group stage will take place when Europe would ordinarily begin qualifying for the next European Championship. Scotland are in League C.

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For example, England could be pitted against Switzerland and Croatia in a group, meaning that they will play each opponent twice (i.e. home and away) between September and November of 2018.

Wales's World Cup misery was compounded on Wednesday after Uefa revealed they had been pipped by Holland to a place in the top division of its new Nations League.

The Final Four will be a showpiece summer event to climax the Nations League.

Group games will be followed by semi-finals involving the four group winners and a final to be played in June 2019.

The victor of the final will be crowned Nations League champions.

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

The remaining four sports will be allocated to the Uefa Nations League.

Play-offs in four separate one-off mini-tournaments will find the four final participants in the competition.

Teams will be split into one group of three and three groups of four.


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