Most of you might be wondering about UEFA Nations League competition. Until now, leagues were contested by the clubs. But now, national teams will compete in a league format. The UEFA Nations League is a new international football competition to be played by European countries. The first season of this tournament will begin in September 2018. The dates for the European championship is so selected that it won’t affect club leagues. It will replace most of the friendlies during the international break. Here is what you need to know about this brand new European competition.
What is UEFA Nations League?
It is an international football championship to be played by all association members of UEFA confederation. The competition was founded in 2018. Each season will be played from September to November and the finals to be played in June next year.
The league will be also linked with the UEFA European qualifying campaign that will provide teams one more chance to qualify for the final. It may be also linked with the UEFA’s future World Cup qualifications for the same purpose.
When it is starting?
Its first edition 2018-19 UEFA Nations League will start on 6 September 2018. Germany and France will play the first-ever match of this new football competition. Group games are scheduled to be played from September to November. Finals will be played in the month of June next year.
Only top teams from each group of A teams will play the finals. So four teams from the Group A will qualify for the next round. It will be semifinal round between the top four teams. Winner of each semifinal will play the final.
How many teams will play it?
A total of 55 European national football teams will compete in UEFA Nations League. Based on the UEFA co-efficient, the teams are dividing in 4 leagues. Highest ranked teams are in League A based according to UEFA coefficients after 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Teams: Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Spain, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Iceland, Croatia, Netherlands, Austria, Wales, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Norway, Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino and Gibraltar.
What is its format?
UEFA Nations League will have 4 leagues: League A [12 teams], League B [12 teams], League C [15 teams], and League D [16 teams]. Each league is divided into four groups of three or four teams. In this way, each team will play four or six round-robin matches in their respective groups.
Only teams of League A will have the chance to become Nations League Winners. Only group winners [4 teams] of League A will qualify the finals. These finals will be held in the next year.
Promotion and Relegation
League A: Third place team of each group will be relegated to League B.
League B: First place team of each group will be promoted to League A and third place will be relegated to League C.
League C: First place team of each group will be promoted to League B. One bottom team from Group 1 and 2 bottom teams from Group 2, 3, 4 will be relegated to League D.
League D: First place team of each group will be promoted to League C.
Where can I watch it on TV?
The broadcasting rights for most of the nations have been announced. Given below is the list of broadcasters in different nations. Have a look!
|Andorra||RTVE, TF1, M6|
|Belgium||RTBF, RTL, Medialaan, Eleven Sports|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Sport Klub|
|Czech Republic||CT, Sport 1|
|Estonia||ERR, All Media Baltics|
|Faroe Islands||Discovery Networks|
|France||TF2, M6, L’Equipe|
|Germany||ARD, ZDF, RTL|
|Hungary||MTVA, Sport 1|
|Netherlands||NOS, Ziggo Sport|
|Switzerland||SRG SSR, AZ Medien|
|United Kingdom||ITV, Sky Sports|
|Middle East and North Africa||beIN Sports|
|South America||DirecTV Sports|
|Sub-Saharan Africa||Kwese Sports, SuperSport|
|United States||ESPN, Univision|
UEFA Nations League Anthem
With The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, the official anthem of UEFA Nations League was recorded in the Latin language. It is a mix of classical and electronic music. Giorgio Tuinfort and Franck van der Hejiden are the composers. The official anthem is played during the entrance of players and also for the advertising purposes.