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What is the Nations League?
Countries are split into groups across four leagues. The four winners of the top-ranked League A will qualify for the Nations League Finals in June 2019. Those who do not make it will face promotion and relegation, while a potential route into Euro 2020 will also be up for grabs.
How will it work?
While group winners of League A will compete in the Nations League Finals – which will feature semi-finals, a third-place match and the final hosted by one of the sides involved – the victors in Leagues B, C and D gain promotion and the bottom sides from Leagues A, B and C will be relegated. The second season will take place in 2020-21.
How can you qualify for Euro 2020?
The qualifiers will remain largely the same but, rather than best third-placed teams advancing to the playoffs, that stage will be contested by the 16 Nations League group winners. If any of them have already qualified for Euro 2020, their place will be taken by the next best-ranked team. The countries will be divided into their four leagues, each of which will include two single-legged semi-finals and a one-off final.
- - The group winners of League A go to the Nations League finals in June 2019.
- - The group winners of Leagues B, C and D are promoted.
- - The bottom teams in the groups of Leagues A and B are relegated.
- - The fourth-placed teams and the worst-performing third-placed team in the groups of League C are relegated. Points against the team in fourth-place in the groups in League C are removed to calculate the worst-performing third-placed team, as Group 1 has only three teams.
- - Final positions in the Nations League will also decide draw pots for Euro 2020 qualifying.
- Qualified for Uefa Nations League finals: England, Portugal, Switzerland, Netherlands
- Relegated: Croatia, Germany, Iceland, Poland
- Euro 2020 qualifying draw Pot 1: Belgium, Croatia, England, France, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland
- Euro 2020 qualifying draw Pot 2: Germany, Iceland
- Promoted (and minimum Euro 2020 playoff): Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, Sweden, Ukraine
- Relegated: Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, Turkey
- Euro 2020 qualifying draw Pot 2: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine, Wales
- Euro 2020 qualifying draw Pot 3: Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, Turkey.
- Promoted (and minimum Euro 2020 playoff): Finland, Norway, Scotland, Serbia
- Relegated: Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania, Slovenia
- Euro 2020 qualifying draw Pot 3: Bulgaria, Finland, Israel, Norway, Serbia, Scotland
- Euro 2020 qualifying draw Pot 4: Albania, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia
- Promoted (and minimum Euro 2020 playoff): Belarus, Georgia, Macedonia, Kosovo
- Euro 2020 qualifying draw Pot 4: Georgia
- Euro 2020 qualifying draw Pot 5: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova
- Euro 2020 qualifying draw Pot 6: Andorra, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Malta, San Marino
How does the draw work and when are the games?
The draw will decide the two pairings for the semi-finals, with no seeding or restrictions.
The tie involving the hosts will take place on Wednesday 5 June, with the other last-four fixture the following day.
The final and the third-place match are scheduled for Sunday 9 June. One of the semi-final ties will be drawn out to determine which provides the 'home' team for either match (i.e. final and third-place); this is done for administrative purposes.
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