A lot of us are still wondering what is this thing called UEFA Nations League? Is it just a rebranded competition to glorify international friendly matches? Well, we all know that football is big business by now, so in short, yes.
What exactly is the format of UEFA Nations League and how does it work?
There are a total of 55 UEFA nations that are divided up into four smaller leagues, aptly named as A, B, C and D, the marketing team at UEFA have had a proper brainstorming session coming up with that… The allocation was made almost a year ago, looking at each nation’s UEFA ranking back in November 2017. The highest-ranking nations were placed in League A, and the next highest nations were placed in League B and you can guess the rest. There are a few BettingSites.LTD that are dedicated to giving one the best odds for this competition.
Each league gets split into groups, these are made up of three or four teams. This is the part when it gets a little more interesting, as at the end of each round of fixtures, there will be four teams relegated to the league below and the four best teams from the league below are promoted to the league above. These teams will all paly at their new league level in the next version of the competition, which starts in 2020.
The winners of each of the four groups in League A will compete in the Final Four in the summer of 2019(June) to see who will win the UEFA Nations League, exciting times. With Matchday 1 and 2 already played, below is a list of important dates to look forward to:
Matchday 3: 11–13 October 2018
Matchday 4: 14–16 October 2018
Matchday 5: 15–17 November 2018
Matchday 6: 18–20 November 2018
Finals draw: 3 December 2018
Finals: 5–9 June 2019
UEFA EURO 2020 play-off draw: 22 November 2019
UEFA EURO 2020 play-offs: 26–31 March 2020