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New UEFA Nations League Draw Confirmed

New UEFA Nations League Draw Confirmed

By David Kappel - Jan 24, 2018 01:48 PM @kappilinho

With the draw for the newly developed UEFA Nations League having taken place today, here are the groups, as confirmed by UEFA.

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With the format of the UEFA Nations League featuring promotion and relegation, the 55 European national teams were divided into four leagues, in accordance with UEFA's national association coefficient rankings on 11 October 2017. Each of the leagues consists of four groups made up of three to four teams.

League A includes the top-ranked sides while League D includes the lowest. The winners of each group will be promoted to the next highest league, while the bottom-placed teams will be relegated. The four group winners of League A will play a knockout competition, with semi-finals and a final to determine the first winner of the UEFA Nations League in June 2019.

Here is the UEFA Nations League Draw in full:

League A
Group 1: Germany, France, Netherlands
Group 2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
Group 3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
Group 4: Spain, England, Croatia

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

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

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

Here is some more information on the new UEFA Nations League, as confirmed by UEFA:

1) When will the games take place?

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 (semi-finals, third-place match and final) for the teams that win the four groups within the top division (League A) is scheduled for June 2019.

2) Why has the UEFA Nations League been developed?

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.

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.

Who do you think are the three strongest teams in Europe right now? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Mnyamana_02 Joined: 03 Sep 2014
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Mnyamana_02 Feb 09, 2018 11:50 AM
I think this is a great idea for football, countries will be more competitive and players will have more chances to be scouted by clubs all over the world, even those countries that are less considered, now is their time and chance to put themselves on the world map of football. #football4life
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Mnyamana_02 Feb 09, 2018 11:26 AM
CAF Nations League, why not??? It will enable African Nations to be more competitive for African Cup of Nations tournament qualifications.
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lindor10000bc Jan 26, 2018 01:42 PM
???? What is this? What is happening la ? Kwenzakalani LA?
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No badges available Jan 25, 2018 04:30 PM
the Idea is dope!
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king_4mza Jan 24, 2018 06:31 PM
I don't understand it
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khaydoman Jan 24, 2018 02:31 PM
still confused
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Buccaneer 4 lyf Jan 24, 2018 02:25 PM
Same to Banana Banana can't learn by playing friendlies with the likes of Madagascar, Swaziland ,Iran ,Thailand , Costa Rica ,Venezuela , Mauritius etc ..What can you learn here with these small teams mraba-mbara ,gendo ,skotela ,Yuzi ,Duf-Duf ,Henyu ?? ...We need to play with the big guns to be at level with them otherwise...South Africans must sit down and grap some tea , watch other nations battling in tournaments...

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