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UEFA Nations League

Discussion in 'General Football' started by Kandi1977, 11 Oct 2017.

  1. Kandi1977

    Kandi1977 Paul Walsh

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    Does anyone get how teams qualify for the EUROS? I don't get it at all.
    What do you think of this format? Should be better quality games, and no stupid friendlies.


    What is the background to the UEFA Nations League?


    The rejuvenation of national team football – and the UEFA Nations League – stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football. UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams.

    Extensive consultation and discussions started as far back as the 2011 UEFA Strategy Meeting in Cyprus and continued at a series of Top Executive Programme (TEP) meetings over the following three years. The UEFA Nations League was unanimously adopted at the XXXVIII Ordinary UEFA Congress in Astana on 27 March 2014.

    ©UEFA.com


    What is the basic format?


    • The format of the UEFA Nations League will feature promotion and relegation and see the 55 European national teams divided into four leagues in accordance with UEFA’s national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017.
    • League A will include the top-ranked sides and League D will include the lowest.
    • Leagues A and B will consist of four groups of three teams
    • League C will comprise one group of three teams and three groups of four sides
    • League D will be formed by four groups of four teams
    • The League Phase Draw for the UEFA Nations League will take place at the SwissTech Convention Centre in Lausanne on 24 January 2018.
    • In each league, four group winners are promoted (or play in the Finals, see below) and four teams are relegated for the next competition to be played in 2020
    • The overall UEFA Nations League rankings will determine the composition of the draw pots for the subsequent European Qualifiers
    • In addition, the UEFA Nations League will provide teams with another chance to qualify for the UEFA EURO final tournament, with four sides qualifying through play-off matches which take place in March 2020 (see below).


    When will the UEFA Nations League take place?


    The UEFA Nations League will take place as follows:

    • The UEFA Nations League group games will be held over six matchdays, during the 'double-headers' in September, October and November 2018. The UEFA Nations League Finals competition for the teams that win the four groups within the top division is scheduled for June 2019.
    • For the UEFA Nations League Finals, the group winners of UEFA Nations League A will play in a knockout format (semi-finals, third-place match and final) in June 2019 to become the UEFA Nations League winners. One host country will be appointed by the UEFA Executive Committee in December 2018 from among the finalist teams.
    • The play-off matches will be staged in March 2020 (see below).


    Will qualifying for the UEFA EURO change?


    The changes to UEFA EURO qualifying will make it more streamlined. The equation is now simple: ten groups with the top two teams in each group qualifying automatically, and the other four places being awarded to European Qualifiers play-off winners, in which the 16 group winners of the UEFA Nations League will be in contention.

    The UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw will be made after the completion of the UEFA Nations League and allow for the four UEFA Nations League Finals participants to be drawn into groups of five teams.

    But the key principle of the qualifiers remains: that every team can play every team.

    ©UEFA.com
    The European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020 commence in March 2019. There will be two matchdays in each of March, June, September, October and November 2019. In total, there will be five groups of five teams and five groups of six teams (ten groups in all) playing over ten matchdays (the same number as now). The winner and runner-up in each of the ten groups will qualify automatically for the UEFA EURO 2020 final tournament (June 2020).

    • The last four EURO places will be won through the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will take place in March 2020 and which will be contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners.
    • If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league. If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.
    • Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.


    How are the overall UEFA Nations League rankings calculated?


    Within each league (A, B, C and D), the overall ranking will be calculated based on position in the group then points, goal difference, goals scored, away goals scored, wins, away wins, disciplinary points, coefficient ranking.



    What are the advantages for national associations and teams?


    National associations and coaches, in consultations with UEFA, revealed that they feel that friendly internationals are not providing adequate sporting competition. The UEFA Nations League creates more meaningful and competitive matches for teams and a dedicated calendar and structure for national team football.

    Top teams can also aspire to take part in the UEFA Nations League Finals, a new top-level event.

    For middle-ranking and smaller nations, the UEFA Nations League will offer an extra way to qualify for UEFA EURO final tournaments. Lower-tier countries – the bottom 16 in the rankings – are now guaranteed one of the 24 qualifying slots for UEFA EURO.

    Lower-ranking teams who have struggled against sides ranked considerably higher than them will now get the chance to take part in balanced matches. Teams do not learn and progress by repeatedly losing; now some sides will start winning.

    While the UEFA Nations League will replace most friendly internationals, there will still be space in the calendar for friendlies, especially for top teams who may want to face opposition from outside Europe as they will be in groups of three teams.

    Associations and teams benefit from clarity of the fixture calendar, and there is now a clear buffer between the end of the UEFA EURO and FIFA World Cup, and vice versa, as well as stability of income.



    What are the advantages for supporters?


    Supporters more than most realise that most friendlies fail to deliver competitive and meaningful football. Now they will have the opportunity to see their teams play in more competitive matches, take part in a new competition and get a second chance to qualify for the major tournaments.

    In every even year there are World Cup or UEFA EURO champions; now in every odd year there will be a UEFA Nations League winners. Football is about competition and now, just like in club football, there will be a national team champion at the close of every season.



    Will this mean more demands on players and clubs?


    No: the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers will adhere to the existing agreed international match calendar. UEFA is always keen to preserve the balance between club and international football. The new competition should, in fact, reduce demands on players and clubs with less travel envisaged for friendly games while national teams will be playing more consistently at their own level. With double-header matchweeks, players will even go back to their clubs earlier than is currently the case.



    Is this just about generating more revenue?


    No, finances are not a driver for the new competition. However, the competition will have the same centralised media rights as have recently been introduced for all European Qualifiers so associations will have even more stability in their income.



    Will there be no more friendly internationals?


    There will certainly be fewer friendly internationals and undoubtedly fewer meaningless friendlies. However, there will still be space in the calendar for friendly internationals – particularly warm-up matches for final tournaments. UEFA is also keen that European teams will still have the chance to play opponents from other confederations.
     
  2. ricky2tricky4city

    ricky2tricky4city Vedran Corluka

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    Not really seeing the difference........just labelled up as 'a league' to imply there is some meaning.
     
  3. spitshine

    spitshine Gheorge Popescu

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    Does it mean the standard of opposition will be stronger? If so, then it's a good idea as one of the reasons we are not great at the Euros/WC is down to a lack of preparation.
    Take our WC qualification - What did we learn or improve on during the campaign.
     
  4. Jordinho

    Jordinho John White Staff Member

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    I thought the league games were going to replace friendlies or something.
     
  5. Kandi1977

    Kandi1977 Paul Walsh

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    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 teams that finish bottom of their groups will be relegated to League B for the 2020 edition.
    • 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.


    League B


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

    ©UEFA.com
    • 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 teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off 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 teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off 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 teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.
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  6. parklane1

    parklane1 Andy Thompson

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    Regardless of what they say, its all about the money.
     
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  7. Mr_B

    Mr_B Steve Hodge

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    Uefa couldn't have made a more confusing tournament if they tried, I suppose this'll be a marginal improvement over pointless friendlies but winning this will be the international equivalent of winning the EFL cup.
     
  8. jts1882

    jts1882 Chris Armstrong

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    I normally love the minutiae of tournaments and how they work. UEFA are ruining this for me.
     
  9. carolphillips

    carolphillips Ben Alnwick

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    So they will add this league to the other national tournaments?
     
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  10. LemonadeMoney

    LemonadeMoney Jimmy Neighbour

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    No, no, it's income stabilisation!
     
  11. Bedfordspurs

    Bedfordspurs Nayim

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    I thought this impacted on how you qualify for the others
     
  12. Kandi1977

    Kandi1977 Paul Walsh

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    Yes. No more friendlies, which is kind of good.
     
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  13. StephenH

    StephenH Tom Huddlestone

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    What isn’t?
     
  14. Briddo1882

    Briddo1882 Jamie Redknapp

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    It will make internationals worth watching I suppose
     
  15. braineclipse

    braineclipse Andy Thompson

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    Couldn't possibly be less interesting than the current friendlies.
     
  16. Gazza Dazzla

    Gazza Dazzla Chris Armstrong

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    So this is instead of the normal euro and World Cup qualifiers or in addition?
     
  17. Legohamster

    Legohamster Vedran Corluka

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    Thought it was as well as.
     
  18. braineclipse

    braineclipse Andy Thompson

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    Replaces the international friendlies. Qualification games remain.
     
  19. Gazza Dazzla

    Gazza Dazzla Chris Armstrong

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    So effectively there are 3 tournaments now. Not sure I see the point then really, just do away with friendlies until a month before the major tournaments.

    I’ve liked the idea of a 2/2.5 week international break a couple of times a year. Where you play 4 games in the period. Rather than these current intnl breaks seemingly every month.
     
  20. braineclipse

    braineclipse Andy Thompson

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    I think doing away with most of the friendlies is exactly the plan.
     

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