UEFA Nations League is announced


Croatia has made the elite group of the new the UEFA Nations League competition which will start in 2018.

Chris Coleman's side had been on course to challenge the likes of England, Germany, Spain, Italy and France for the inaugural title in European football's third major worldwide competition but lost out by less than 600 coefficient points.

Following the final round of qualifying games this week, the four different "leagues" of European clubs were confirmed yesterday.

The January draw will see the Leagues (A, B, C and D) divided into 16 groups of three or four teams, with A being split into four groups of three teams, B the same, C into three groups of four and one of three, and D into four groups of four.

THE Uefa Nations League is set to get underway next year with England and Wales the leading home nations.

Following the group stages, the finals of this tournament will take place in June 2019 for the four top teams in League A.

The top four-ranked teams that do not qualify for Euro 2020 will contest a play-off in March 2020, with one finals place on offer.

League B: Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey.

Today it was announced which teams will feature in the four leagues. The four group winners will be promoted to League B, with the four bottom sides relegated to League D for the 2020 edition.

It will also provide Ireland with a second chance to qualify for Euro 2020, if needed, with the four highest-ranked non-qualifying League B teams entering play-offs for one finals place in March 2020.

The draw for the tournament will take place in Switzerland in January, with the games taking place next Autumn between September and November.

Leagues A and B will each comprise four groups of three teams.

All the teams has been split into four levels, with one team from each League guaranteed a spot at Euro 2020.

The winners of the four groups in League A will qualify for the Final Four competition.

Division D: Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Georgia, Belarus, Armenia, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Kosovo, Andorra, San Marino and Gibraltar.

The qualification for Euro 2020 will now now run from March to November 2019, with Dublin hosting the Group draw on 2 December 2018.