Ireland Could Meet Familiar Foes In UEFA Nations League

Ireland Could Meet Familiar Foes In UEFA Nations League

The Netherlands' 2-0 win over Sweden in their final game in World Cup qualifying Group D took them above Wales, into 12th place in UEFA's co-efficient rankings, to claim the final place in League A.

Chris Coleman's side had been on course to challenge the likes of England, Germany, Spain, Italy and France for the inaugural title in European football's third major global competition but lost out by less than 600 coefficient points.

The four group winners of League A will qualify for the UEFA Nations League Finals, to be held in June 2019, with two semi-finals, a third-place match and the final.

Teams will be split into four groups of three.

When it was unveiled in January the new Uefa Nations League was touted as the answer to "rejuvenate national team football".

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There are four tiers and nations have been placed with teams of similar ability.

The Nations League sees the 55 European national teams divided into four groups dependant on their rankings, with the top 12 going into League A.

It will also provide four qualifying spots for the tournament.

Starting next year, there will be four leagues, with each country placed in a division rated on their level.

The draw takes place on January 24 with the games to be played between September and November next year with Euro 2020 qualifiers being run off in 2019.

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UEFA first approved the tournament in 2014, and has chose to split the 55 countries into four so-called "leagues", based on its coefficient rankings.

The tournament will be used to reduce the number of friendly matches across the global calendar and provides four qualification spots to Euro 2020.

They will be drawn against either Greece, Serbia, Albania and Norway, who make up the next four best ranked sides in League C.

Each league will have its own play-off competition with single-leg semi-final and final to decide who gets the final four places.

League D: Azerbaijan, FYR Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino and Gibraltar.

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The Euro 2020 qualification play-offs are set for March 2020 as mentioned above, and Euro 2020 itself, which will be played across the continent, will begin three months later.

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