What is this?
The second edition of UEFA's newest national team competition. Portugal claimed their first home title in 2019', the culmination of a tournament garnering praise from across the continent. The 2020/21 edition seeks to build on that success, this time with a few tweaks.
Fixtures and results
What are the dates?
Although football started on September 3, #39, the draw was held in Amsterdam on Tuesday, March 3, #39. The League Stage will continue in October and November 2020', followed by the Finals and relegation play-offs'.
Who is playing whom?
55 federations are divided into four Leagues based on their position in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League Reach (1-16 in League A, 17-32 in League B, 33-48 in League C, 49-55 in League D#39) List based on final ranking of 2018/19 UEFA Nations League teams after taking into account promotion and relegation status. In each League, the teams are divided into two pots (League D) or four (for Leagues A, B and C), again according to the access list. The pot can be found here.
1.Group : Netherlands, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland
2.Group : England, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland
3. Group : Portugal, France, Sweden, Croatia
4.Group : Switzerland, Spain, Ukraine, Germany
1.Group : Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland, Romania
2.Group : Czech Republic, Scotland, Slovakia, Israel
3. Group : Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Hungary
4.Group : Wales, Finland, Republic of Ireland, Bulgaria
1.Group : Montenegro, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan
2.Group : Georgia, North Macedonia, Estonia, Armenia
3. Group : Greece, Kosovo, Slovenia, Moldova
4.Group : Albania, Belarus, Lithuania, Kazakhstan
Group 1: Faroe Islands, Latvia, Andorra, Malta
2. Group : Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, San Marino
How do leagues work?
The teams play at home and away with the four group winners of the A League', which qualify for the UEFA Nations League Finals, which includes the semi-finals, the third place match and the final. The group winners in Leagues B, C and D will be promoted and those who complete the end of the groups in Leagues A and B will be relegated.
Since there are only two groups in League C', while there are only two groups in League D', the two League C teams to be relegated will be determined by two-legged play-offs'.
If a team qualifying for the play-offs' qualifies for the 2022 FIFA World Cup play-offs' (more on this below), League C teams ranked 47th and 48th in the UEFA Nations League are automatically relegated.
When are the finals?
The dates for the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League final tournament were approved at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in September 2020. The semi-finals will be played on 6 and 7 October 2021, with the final and the third place play-off. Follow on October 10'
Three associations with teams in Group A1' have announced their interest in hosting the tournament: Italy, the Netherlands and Poland. In principle, the winner of this group will be appointed as the final host.
How does the 2022 World Cup qualifier fit into that?
World Cup qualifiers remained largely the same at the outset, with ten group winners directly qualifying for the final in Qatar. Still, the format of the playoffs's has evolved and will now consist of two knockout rounds, with three teams qualifying. This will include the ten group runners-up and the top two UEFA Nations League group winners (based on their overall UEFA Nations League standings) who did not directly qualify or reach the play-offs.
Note: The format of the World Cup qualifying match is subject to final approval by FIFA'.
When do the matches take place?
2020/21 UEFA Nations League group stage matches are played on the following dates: 3/4/5 and 6/7/8 September; 10/11 and 13/14 October; 14/15 and 17/18 November 2020.
The full schedule of fixtures with confirmed dates and start times is available here.