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UEFA Nations League
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The 2018–19 UEFA Nations League will be the inaugural season of the UEFA Nations League, a planned international association football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA

The competition, which will be held from September to November 2018 (group stage) and June 2019 (Nations League Finals), will also serve as part of the qualification process for UEFA Euro 2020, awarding berths in the play-offs which will decide four of the twenty-four final tournament slots.

The format and schedule of the UEFA Nations League was formally approved by the UEFA Executive Committee on 4 December 2014. According to the approved format the 55 UEFA national teams will be divided into four divisions (called "Leagues"):
- 12 teams in League A,
- 12 teams in League B,
- 15 teams in League C,
- 16 teams in League D.

For the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League, teams will be divided according to their UEFA national team coefficients after the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers (play-off results will not be included), with the highest-ranked teams playing in League A, etc.

Each division will be divided into four groups of three or four teams, so each team will play four or six matches within their group (using the home-and-away round-robin format), on double match days in September, October and November 2018.

In the top division League A, teams will compete to become the UEFA Nations League champions. The four group winners of League A will qualify for the Nations League Finals, which includes four matches played in knockout format (two semi-finals decided by draw, third place play-off, and the final) in June 2019 at a host country (two venues) to be selected among the four qualified teams, with the winners of the final crowned as the Nations League champions.

Teams will also compete for promotion and relegation to a higher or lower division. In each division, the four group winners (except League A) will be promoted, while the last-placed teams of each group (except League D) will be relegated; however, in League C, due to different sized groups, the three fourth-placed teams and the lowest-ranking third-placed team will be relegated.


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RE: UEFA Nations League
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Nations Cup Group Allocation
The 54 sides will be split into four groups of varying sizes. It appears from the UEFA site that the top two groups will have 12 teams, the third group will have 14 teams and the bottom group will have 16 teams. The teams will presumably be allocated to those groups based on their positions in the UEFA coefficient table (which is currently used to seed the European Championship qualifiers).
Based on the current rankings, the four divisions would be as follows:

League A
Team Coeff Rank
Germany 40,747 1
Portugal 38,656 2
Belgium 38,123 3
Spain 37,311 4
France 36,617 5
England 36,231 6
Switzerland 34,986 7
Italy 34,426 8
Poland 32,982 9
Iceland 31,155 10
Croatia 31,139 11
Netherlands 29,866 12

League B
Team Coeff Rank
Austria 29,419 13
Wales 29,269 14
Russia 29,258 15
Slovakia 28,554 16
Sweden 28,487 17
Ukraine 28,286 18
Republic of Ireland 28,249 19
Bosnia and Herzegovina 28,200 20
Northern Ireland 27,127 21
Denmark 27,052 22
Czech Republic 27,028 23
Turkey 26,538 24

League C
Team Coeff Rank
Hungary 26,486 25
Romania 26,057 26
Scotland 25,662 27
Slovenia 25,148 28
Greece 24,931 29
Serbia 24,847 30
Albania 24,430 31
Norway 24,208 32
Montenegro 23,912 33
Israel 22,791 34
Bulgaria 22,091 35
Finland 20,501 36
Cyprus 19,491 37
Estonia 19,441 38
Lithuania 18,101 39

League D
Team Coeff Rank
Azerbaijan 17,761 40
Macedonia 17,071 41
Belarus 16,868 42
Georgia 16,523 43
Armenia 15,846 44
Latvia 15,821 45
Faroe Islands 15,490 46
Luxembourg 14,231 47
Kazakhstan 13,431 48
Moldova 13,131 49
Liechtenstein 10,950 50
Malta 10,870 51
Andorra 10,240 52
Kosovo 9,950 53
San Marino 8,190 54
Gibraltar 7,550 55
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RE: UEFA Nations League
Each group will then be split up into smaller leagues. In Groups 1 and 2, the teams would be split into 4 groups of 3. In Group 3, there will be 2 groups of 3 and 2 groups of 4. In Group 4 there will be 4 groups of 4. UEFA have yet to make it clear exactly how the make-up of these leagues will be decided, but I assume that it will be a simple seeded draw. Initially, the seeding will presumably be based on the UEFA coefficients, but in future tournaments it could instead be based on the league positions in the previous Nations League.
Assuming that is the case, the groups could look something like this:

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RE: UEFA Nations League
Nations Cup Tournament
The sides in each group will face each other home and away between September and November 2018. There are six matchdays in total, so the countries in groups of 3 will have two free matchdays in which they can play friendlies against non-European sides (or another European team who are also free).

In order to make it more like a “real life” example, I have simulated outcomes for each individual group with weights based on UEFA coefficients (an imperfect measure, but the best I have). This means that nations with higher coefficients were more likely to win their group, but it left open the possibility of upsets. This is more helpful than simply assuming everything will go by seeding because it allows me to more easily explore the European Championship qualification aspect later.
Here’s how the simulated groups finished:

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RE: UEFA Nations League
The pots for the UEFA Nations League 2018/19 League Phase Draw on 24 January in Lausanne have been set. Draw streamed from 12:00CET on 24 January.

League A
Pot 1: Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain
Pot 2: France, England, Switzerland, Italy
Pot 3: 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
Pot 1: Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia
Pot 2: Sweden, Ukraine, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Pot 3: Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey

Teams will be split into four groups of three.
Due to a decision of the UEFA Executive Committee, Russia and Ukraine cannot be draw in the same group.
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
Pot 1: Hungary, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia
Pot 2: Greece, Serbia, Albania, Norway
Pot 3: Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland
Pot 4: Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania

Teams will be split into one group of three (containing teams from Pots 1, 2 and 3 only) and three groups of four.
Due to winter venue restrictions, a group can contain a maximum of two of these teams: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania.
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
Pot 1: Azerbaijan, FYR Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia
Pot 2: Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg
Pot 3: Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta
Pot 4: Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino, Gibraltar

Teams will be split into four groups of four.
Due to a decision of the UEFA Executive Committee, Armenia and Azerbaijan cannot be draw in the same group.
Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group can contain a maximum of one of these pairs: Andorra & Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Kazakhstan, Gibraltar & Azerbaijan
The four group winners are 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.
How the pots were determined

https://www.uefa.com/uefanationsleag...2522564.html#/
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RE: UEFA Nations League
The 55 participating teams were split according to their position in the UEFA National Team Coefficient Rankings following the end of the European Qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup (as per 11 October 2017, play-off results not included).
League A includes the 12 top-ranked teams. The next 12 teams are in League B, the next 15 in League C and the remaining 16 in League D.
The seeding pots were then further determined by the coefficients so each group within each league contains one team from each pot.

UEFA Nations League calendar
How the play-offs for UEFA EURO 2020 work

Group stage draw: 24 January 2018 (12:00 CET), Lausanne
Matchday 1: 6–8 September 2018
Matchday 2: 9–11 September 2018
Matchday 3: 11–13 October 2018
Matchday 4: 14–16 October 2018
Matchday 5: 15–17 November 2018
Matchday 6: 18–20 November 2018
Finals draw: early December 2018
Finals: 5–9 June 2019

UEFA EURO 2020 play-off draw: 22 November 2019
UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs: 26–31 March 2020

Teams in three-sided groups will play on four of the six matchdays.
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RE: UEFA Nations League
To explain a bit about the purpose of the UEFA Nations League (and CONCACAF League of Nations):

1) Replace a large number of international friendlies with a tournament
2) For UEFA, the Nations League will be linked in some degree to the Euros and potentially World Cup qualifying
3) For CONCACAF, the League of Nations will be linked in some degree the Gold Cup and potentially World Cup Qualifying

What I noticed is that the confederations are being quite smart here. They are replacing friendlies with some kind of confederation or World Cup qualifier. I'm not sure how FIFA will score these games for FIFA rankings but I anticipate they will create a new point level which will only increase the world rankings for the better countries in these confederations. Here's what I mean:

A friendly scores a multiplier of 1x
A World Cup or confederation-level (e.g. Euros, Gold Cup, etc.) qualifier scores a multiplier of 2.5x
A Confederations Cup match or confederation-level finals match scores a multiplier of 3x
A World Cup finals match scores a multiplier of 4x

I expect these matches will either be given a 2.5x or, because they are kind of in between, they will be given a 2x.

Essentially, these confederations will replace 1x games with 2x or 2.5x games.
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RE: UEFA Nations League
Full League A draw:
Group 1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group 2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group 3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group 4: Spain, England, Croatia

Full League B draw:
Group 1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
Group 2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
Group 3: Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
Group 4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark

Full League C draw:
Group 1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
Group 2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
Group 3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
Group 4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania

Full League D draw:
Group 1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
Group 2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
Group 3: Azerbaijan, Faro Islands, Malta, Kosovo
Group 4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Lichtenstein, Gibraltar

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RE: UEFA Nations League
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International football is back this week!
55 nations
4 leagues
14 groups
1 trophy

Need a reminder on how the UEFA #NationsLeague works?

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