All you’ll want to learn about third version of Nations League


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Robert Pires at the Nations League draw
The draw was made on 16 December in Nyon, Switzerland

The 2022-23 Uefa Nations League begins on Wednesday, with all the house nations in motion over the subsequent two weeks.

The competitors fills the hole created by the World Cup in Qatar transferring to November.

England and Northern Eire play 4 group video games, whereas Wales have 4 together with a World Cup play-off remaining.

Scotland, who meet Ukraine in a World Cup play-off semi-final on Wednesday, face three Nations League matches, together with the Republic of Eire in Dublin.

The Nations League is a biennial competitors in its third version. It was first gained by Portugal in 2019 and France are the defending champions after beating Spain within the 2021 remaining.

So who’re taking part in, what’s the format and what’s the level?

France celebrate winning the 2020-21 Nations League
Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe scored as France got here from 1-0 all the way down to beat Spain 2-1 within the 2020-21 remaining

How does it work?

As with the 2020-21 version, the 2022-23 competitors consists of three leagues of 16 groups and a fourth of seven.

League A – the highest division – and Leagues B and C are break up into 4 teams of 4, whereas League D is made up of a bunch of 4 and a 3.

The winners of every group in League A qualify for subsequent yr’s finals match, whereas the winners of every group in Leagues B, C and D safe promotion to the subsequent league up.

Groups who end backside of their teams in League A and B will probably be relegated, and people in League C will enter a play-off to determine who drops to League D.

Russia, suspended by Uefa due to the invasion of Ukraine, have already been positioned backside of Group B2.

Nations League draw
There are 55 Uefa nations, all of whom are within the Nations League, however Russia are usually not allowed to play their video games

When are the video games?

There are 4 rounds of video games between 1 and 14 June and the ultimate two matches will probably be performed from 22-27 September.

The semi-finals will probably be performed on 14 and 15 June, 2023 with the ultimate and third-place play-off on 18 June.

Wales, Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland have utilized to host the finals.

Who’re the British and Irish groups taking part in?

Wales have been promoted to the highest division for the primary time however Northern Eire are within the third part for the primary time following relegation.

England keep in League A, whereas Scotland and the Republic of Eire are once more in League B.

A3 A4 B1 C2
Italy Belgium Ukraine Northern Eire
Germany Netherlands Scotland Greece
England Poland Republic of Eire Kosovo
Hungary Wales Armenia Cyprus

Wednesday, 1 June

Poland v Wales (17:00)

Thursday, 2 June

Northern Eire v Greece (19:45)

Saturday, 4 June

Hungary v England (17:00)

Armenia v Republic of Eire (14:00)

Sunday, 5 June

Cyprus v Northern Eire (17:00)

Tuesday, 7 June

Germany v England (19:45)

Wednesday, 8 June

Wales v Netherlands (19:45)

Republic of Eire v Ukraine (19:45)

Scotland v Armenia (19:45)

Thursday, 9 June

Kosovo v Northern Eire (19:45)

Saturday, 11 June

England v Italy (19:45)

Wales v Belgium (19:45)

Republic of Eire v Scotland (17:00)

Sunday, 12 June

Northern Eire v Cyprus (14:00)

Tuesday, 14 June

England v Hungary (19:45)

Armenia v Scotland (17:00)

Ukraine v Republic of Eire (19:45)

*All instances are BST and topic to alter

What different video games are price following?

All of Europe’s heavyweights are in motion over the subsequent few days with some taking part in one another.

Spain host rivals Portugal on 2 June and European champions Italy host four-time World Cup winners Germany in Bologna on 4 June. The reverse fixture takes place in Monchengladbach on 14 June.

Belgium, second in Fifa’s rankings, host the Netherlands in Brussels on 3 June.

How does this affect Euro 2024 qualifying?

We do not know but.

The primary Nations League produced all of the play-off sides for Euro 2020 – and the second version supplied two play-off locations for the 2022 World Cup.

Uefa will announce the format of Euro 2024 qualifying in June.

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