England are enjoying in a brand new competitors this autumn – the UEFA Nations League.
In 2011, UEFA started discussing how greatest to enhance worldwide soccer amongst European groups. This new competitors is their reply.
England are competing in opposition to a few of the continent’s large hitters, with Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire additionally within the working to earn promotion to greater pots and compete for the title additional down the road.
However what precisely is the brand new event? And the way does it work?
Here is all it’s worthwhile to know…
What’s the UEFA Nations League?
This new event sees European nations competing in opposition to one another in a league format. The highest 4 nations then compete within the ‘Remaining 4’, a summer time showpiece occasion to be held in 2019.
The UEFA Nations League is the fruits of six years of planning by European soccer’s governing physique.
What is the format and the way will it work?
A complete of 55 nations are divided up into 4 mini-leagues (A, B, C, D). League allocation for the primary event had been decided by every nation’s UEFA rating. The leagues are tiered with the best rating nations in League A, the subsequent highest in League B and so forth.
Every league will then be cut up into teams, made up of three or 4 groups. On the finish of every spherical of fixtures, 4 groups are relegated to the league under and 4 groups are promoted to the league above. They may play at their new league stage within the subsequent model of the competitors.
The winners from every of the 4 teams in League A in the course of the inaugural competitors will compete within the Remaining 4 in the summertime of 2019.
What’s the Remaining 4 and the way does it work?
The 4 group winners from League A compete in semi-finals (one leg solely) after which a closing with the winner being topped Nations League champion.
The Remaining 4 will at all times happen the summer time after the group phases.
When do the matches happen?
The league/group matches will happen on six days unfold throughout worldwide breaks in September, October and November.
The Remaining 4 matches then happen throughout the next summer time after membership competitions have ended.
Is that this the tip of pleasant matches?
The variety of friendlies performed by European nations will probably be drastically decreased, however they won’t disappear fully.
There’ll nonetheless be time for nations to play friendlies, significantly within the construct as much as World Cups and European Championships.
What advantages does this new event have?
The concept behind the UEFA Nations League is to scale back the variety of meaningless friendlies and check out to make sure nations face opponents of comparable high quality.
Along with this, UEFA have added a rule which provides decrease ranked groups higher alternatives to succeed in the Euros. The 16 lowest ranked groups will now be assured one of many 24 qualifying spots on the European Championships.
How will you watch it?
Sky Sports activities have received the suitable to host each England match within the inaugural competitors.
“Exhibiting England in aggressive matches completely stay for the primary time in seven years is nice information for our viewers with the UEFA Nations League placing the highest nations in opposition to one another usually,” mentioned Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports activities.
The teams – 2018/19 version
League A, Group 1
League A, Group 2
League A, Group 3
League A, Group 4
League B, Group 1
- Czech Republic
League B, Group 2
League B, Group 3
- Northern Eire
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
League B, Group 4
- Republic of Eire
League C, Group 1 (three groups solely)
League C, Group 2
League C, Group 3
League C, Group 4
League D, Group 1
League D, Group 2
- San Marino
League D, Group 3
- Faroe Islands
League D, Group 4