UEFA Nations League: 6 days of international matches
UEFA Nations League Schedule
The competition between the 55 members of UEFA is about to kick off. The strongest nations are in League A and the weakest in League D.
League A and B: Four groups of three nations (12 teams)
League C: Three groups of four nations, and one group of three (15)
League D: Four groups of four nations (16)
Matchday 1: 6–8 September 2018
Matchday 2: 9–11 September 2018
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: Early December 2018
Finals: 5–9 June 2019
Opening night: Germany vs France
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As just the third man to win the World Cup as both a player and coach, Deschamps is more aware than most of the increased exposure that comes with such success but believes it can serve his team well.
“It’s a galvanising effect to have this title, in terms of confidence,” Deschamps said. “This title of world champion, you have to manage it but it’s not a weight or a burden to carry. It’s quite the opposite.
“With all the positive aspects being world champion has brought, on the sporting front but also from a human and psychological standpoint, it’s a huge boost.
The UEFA Nations League Final
The winners of the League A groups will be sent to the dramatic sounding Final Four competition in the summer of 2019.
Promotion and Relegation
Teams who are top or bottom of their groups will face the prospect of promotion and relegation. The winners of each group in Leagues B, C and D will move up, while the nation’s bottom of Leagues A, B and C will drop down for the next edition of the Nations League, which will be 2020-21.
The UEFA Nations League will decide each nation’s ranking for the Euro 2020 qualifying draw. Qualifiers for Euro 2020 will begin in March 2019 (rather than September 2018, which would be the usual start date) and continue on as normal minus the play-off stage.
Instead, each Nations League group winner will go into the play-offs, so there are 16 teams in the play-offs. If a group winner has already qualified for Euro 2020, their play-off place will be taken by the next best-ranked team in their league.
Each League will have its own play-off path, consisting of two single-leg semi-finals and one final. The winner of each final will take one of the final four places at Euro 2020.
UEFA Euro 2020 play-off draw: Nov. 22, 2019
UEFA Euro 2020 play-offs: March 26-31, 2020