The inaugural edition of UEFA Nations League kick starts on Thursday, September 6 with a marquee clash between the winners of the last two editions of Fifa World Cup — Germany and France in Munich.
What is UEFA Nations League
UEFA Nations League is a new international tournament involving 55 nations, aimed at creating "more meaningful and competitive matches for teams" and a "dedicated calendar and structure for national team football".
According to the UEFA, national team coaches, players and supporters had felt friendly matches were not providing adequate competition for national teams and the Nations League will rejuvenate national team football.
How to watch UEFA Nations League on TV, online in India
Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD will provide live coverage of matches in India. The live stream will be available on Sony Liv.
UEFA Nations League format
55 teams have been split into four Leagues — League A to D based on UEFA rankings on October 11, 2017.
Each league will have teams split into groups of four each. Matches will take place in home and away format in September, October and November 2018.
League A will have the top-ranked sides while League D will have national teams that are at the bottom of UEFA standings.
Relegation, Promotion and Nations League Finals
The league will feature relegation and promotion and will also see a national team (from League A) being crowned as champion in the UEFA Nations League Finals, scheduled for June 2019.
The UEFA Nations League Finals will be held in one host country which will be decided in December 2018.
Group winners from League A will contest in the UEFA Nations League Finals.
The teams finishing at the bottom of each group will be relegated while group winners will be promoted for the next edition of UEFA Nations League, scheduled to begin in 2020.
- Group A1: Germany, France, Netherlands
- Group A2: Belgium, Switzerland, Iceland
- Group A3: Portugal, Italy, Poland
- Group A4: Spain, England, Croatia
- Group B1: Slovakia, Ukraine, Czech Republic
- Group B2: Russia, Sweden, Turkey
- Group B3: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland
- Group B4: Wales, Republic of Ireland, Denmark
- Group C1: Scotland, Albania, Israel
- Group C2: Hungary, Greece, Finland, Estonia
- Group C3: Slovenia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cyprus
- Group C4: Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Lithuania
- Group D1: Georgia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Andorra
- Group D2: Belarus, Luxembourg, Moldova, San Marino
- Group D3: Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands, Malta, Kosovo
- Group D4: FYR Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar
How will UEFA League of Nations influence Euro qualifiers
The Euro 2020 qualifiers will begin in March 2019 after the completion of UEFA League of Nations.
The qualifiers will have 10 groups and the winner and runner-up from each group get a direct berth to the Euro 2020 finals.
The last four spots for the Euro 2020 finals will be decided in the European Qualifiers play-offs, which will be held in March 2020.
The selection for the play-offs is based on UEFA Nations League results as it will be contested by the group winners of Uefa Nations League.
According to the UEFA, If a group winner has already qualified via the European Qualifiers, then their spot will go to the next best-ranked team in their league.
If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League ranking.
Each league will have a path of its own and each path will feature two single-leg semi-finals and one single-leg final. The winner of each path will win a ticket to UEFA EURO 2020.
Full schedule of UEFA Nations League
- Matchday 1: September 6 to 8
- Matchday 2: September 9 to 11
- Matchday 3: October 11-13
- Matchday 4: October 14 to 16
- Matchday 5: November 15 to 17
- Matchday 6: November 18 to 20
Uefa Nations League Finals: June 5 to 9, 2019
League A schedule
- Group A1: Germany v France
- Group A3: Italy v Poland (20:45)
- Group A2: Switzerland v Iceland
- Group A4: England v Spain
- Group A1: France v Netherlands
- Group A3: Portugal v Italy
- Group A2: Iceland v Belgium
- Group A4: Spain v Croatia
- Group A3: Poland v Portugal
- Group A2: Belgium v Switzerland
- Group A4: Croatia v England
- Group A1: Netherlands v Germany
- Group A3: Poland v Italy
- Group A2: Iceland v Switzerland
- Group A4: Spain v England
- Group A1: France v Germany
- Group A2: Belgium v Iceland
- Group A4: Croatia v Spain
- Group A1: Netherlands v France
- Group A3: Italy vs Portugal
- Group A2: Switzerland v Belgium
- Group A4: England v Croatia
- Group A 1: Germany vs Netherlands
- Group A3: Portugal vs Poland
UEFA Nations League - Global TV listings
- UK: Sky Sports Football
- US: ESPN2
- Australia: Optus Sport
- Argentina: DIRECTV Sports
- Indian sub-continent: Sony Ten 2
- Denmark 6'eren
- France: TF1
- Germany: ZDF
- Italy: Canale 5
- Portugal: Sport TV2
- Russia: NTV+ Sport Online