UEFA confirm Nations League lineup


Europe’s football governing body UEFA has confirmed lineups for the inaugural UEFA Nations League.

Current world champions Germany have been put in League A alongside eleven other nations including Belgium, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Portugal, Iceland, England, Switzerland, Poland an Netherlands.

In this league, teams will be split into four groups of three, with each group winner contesting for the UEFA Nations League finals [semi-finals, third play-off match and the final] in June 2019 to become the ultimate UEFA Nations League champion.

The four teams that finish bottom in their respective groups will be relegated to League B for the, and the top four ranked teams that do not qualify for UEFA EURO 2020 will enter a play-off in March, with one position at stake.

In League B, the 2018 World Cup hosts Russia have been joined by Austria, Wales, Sweden, Ukraine, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic and Turkey to make a total of 12 teams.

This league will also see teams split in four groups of three and the winner in each group gets to be promoted to League A. The teams that finish bottom of their respective groups will be relegated to League C.

League C has fifteen countries that include the 2004 European champions Greece, Hungary, Romania, Albania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Norway, Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Cyprus, Estonia and Lithuania. Here, teams will be split into three groups of four and one of three.

Each group winner will be promoted to League B and bottom sides from each group will be relegated to League D.

The final league, League D has a total of sixteen teams and they include Azerbaijan, FYR Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino and Gibraltar.

Teams will be split into four groups of four, with each winner promoted to League C. The UEFA Nations League is a competition that will be contested by national teams affiliated to UEFA.

It will largely replace the international friendly matches currently played on the FIFA International Match Calendar.