The UEFA Nations League changes you need to know
The UEFA Nations League changes you need to know
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The UEFA Nations League changes you need to know

The next edition of the Nations League will have a new structure, following an Executive Committee meeting held on Tuesday in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The competition will have 16 teams in Leagues A, B and C, and seven teams in League D for the competition set for 2020/21.

The groups within each league will be decided by a draw on 3 March 2020 in Amsterdam.

The teams are allocated to leagues based on the overall ranking following the 2018/19 inaugural UEFA Nations League.

League A

  • Portugal (holders)
  • Netherlands
  • England
  • Switzerland
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Spain
  • Italy
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Ukraine
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Croatia
  • Poland
  • Germany
  • Iceland

League B

  • Russia
  • Austria
  • Wales
  • Czech Republic
  • Scotland
  • Norway
  • Serbia
  • Finland
  • Slovakia
  • Turkey
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Bulgaria, Israel
  • Hungary
  • Romania

League C

  • Greece
  • Albania
  • Montenegro
  • Georgia
  • North Macedonia
  • Kosovo, Belarus
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Slovenia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Moldova

League D

  • Gibraltar
  • Faroe Islands
  • Latvia, Liechtenstein
  • Andorra
  • Malta
  • San Marino

According to the body, changes to the format was a result of a consultation process which involved all of UEFA's 55 national associations and reflects upon their desire to further minimise the number of friendly matches.

In addition, it enhances sporting fairness as all teams in the same group will play their last match on the same day and at the same time.

Moreover, the number of competitive matches during the competition's league phase will increase from 138 to 162, thereby increasing the commercial value of the competition.

2020/21 UEFA Nations League calendar
 

League Phase draw: 3 March 2020, Amsterdam

  • Matchday 1: 3–5 September 2020
  • Matchday 2: 6–8 September 2020
  • Matchday 3: 8–10 October 2020
  • Matchday 4: 11–13 October 2020
  • Matchday 5: 12–14 November 2020
  • Matchday 6: 15–17 November 2020
  • Finals draw: tbc
  • Finals: 2–6 June 2021

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