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2018–19 UEFA Nations League B

The 2018–19 UEFA Nations League B was the second division of the 2018–19 edition of the UEFA Nations League, the inaugural season of the international football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA.[1]

2018–19 UEFA Nations League B
Tournament details
Dates6 September – 20 November 2018
Teams12
Promoted Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Denmark
 Sweden
 Ukraine
Tournament statistics
Matches played24
Goals scored48 (2 per match)
Attendance549,676 (22,903 per match)
Top scorer(s)Bosnia and Herzegovina Edin Džeko
Czech Republic Patrik Schick
(3 goals each)

FormatEdit

League B consists of 12 UEFA members ranked from 13–24, split into four groups of three. The winners of each group will be promoted to the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League A, and the third-placed team of each group will be relegated to the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League C.[2]

In addition, League B will be allocated one of the four remaining UEFA Euro 2020 places. Four teams from League B which have not already qualified for the European Championship finals will compete in the play-offs for each division, to be played in March 2020. The play-off berths will be first allocated to the group winners, and if any of the group winners have already qualified for the European Championship finals, then to the next best ranked team of the division, etc. If there are fewer than four teams in League B which have not already qualified for the European Championship finals, the play-off berths will be allocated via one of two methods. If League B has a group winner selected for the play-offs, the next best team in the overall ranking from a lower league will be selected. If League B has no group winner available, the best team in the overall ranking will be selected. The play-offs will consist of two "one-off" semi-finals (best-ranked team vs. fourth best-ranked team and second best-ranked team vs. third best-ranked team, played at home of higher-ranked teams) and one "one-off" final between the two semi-final winners (venue drawn in advance between semi-final 1 and 2).[3][4]

SeedingEdit

Teams were allocated to League B according to their UEFA national team coefficients after the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying group stage on 11 October 2017. Teams were split into three pots of four teams, ordered based on their UEFA national team coefficient.[5][6] The seeding pots for the draw were announced on 7 December 2017.[7]

Pot 1
Team Coeff Rank
  Austria 29,418 13
  Wales 29,269 14
  Russia 29,258 15
  Slovakia 28,555 16
Pot 2
Team Coeff Rank
  Sweden 28,487 17
  Ukraine 28,286 18
  Republic of Ireland 28,249 19
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 28,200 20
Pot 3
Team Coeff Rank
  Northern Ireland 27,127 21
  Denmark 27,052 22
  Czech Republic 27,028 23
  Turkey 26,538 24

The group draw took place at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland on 24 January 2018, 12:00 CET.[8][9][10][11][12] For political reasons, Russia and Ukraine could not be drawn into the same group (due to the Russian military intervention in Ukraine).[13]

GroupsEdit

The fixture list was confirmed by UEFA on 24 January 2018 following the draw.[14][15]

Times are CET/CEST,[note 1] as listed by UEFA (local times, if different, are in parentheses).

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion[a]      
1   Ukraine 4 3 0 1 5 5 0 9 Promotion to League A 1–0 1–0
2   Czech Republic 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 6 1–2 1–0
3   Slovakia 4 1 0 3 5 5 0 3 4–1 1–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, no teams were eventually relegated.
Czech Republic  1–2  Ukraine
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Ukraine  1–0  Slovakia
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Slovakia  1–2  Czech Republic
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Ukraine  1–0  Czech Republic
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Slovakia  4–1  Ukraine
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Czech Republic  1–0  Slovakia
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Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion[a]      
1   Sweden 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2 7[b] Promotion to League A 2–0 2–3
2   Russia 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 7[b] 0–0 2–0
3   Turkey 4 1 0 3 4 7 −3 3 0–1 1–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, no teams were eventually relegated.
  2. ^ a b Head-to-head points: Sweden 4, Russia 1.
Turkey  1–2  Russia
Report

Sweden  2–3  Turkey
Report
Attendance: 21,832[18]

Russia  0–0  Sweden
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Russia  2–0  Turkey
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Turkey  0–1  Sweden
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Sweden  2–0  Russia
Report
Attendance: 20,223[18]

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion[a]      
1   Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 3 1 0 5 1 +4 10 Promotion to League A 1–0 2–0
2   Austria 4 2 1 1 3 2 +1 7 0–0 1–0
3   Northern Ireland 4 0 0 4 2 7 −5 0 1–2 1–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, no teams were eventually relegated.
Northern Ireland  1–2  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Report

Bosnia and Herzegovina  1–0  Austria
Report

Austria  1–0  Northern Ireland
Report

Bosnia and Herzegovina  2–0  Northern Ireland
Report

Austria  0–0  Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Northern Ireland  1–2  Austria
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Attendance: 17,895[19]

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion[a]      
1   Denmark 4 2 2 0 4 1 +3 8 Promotion to League A 2–0 0–0
2   Wales 4 2 0 2 6 5 +1 6 1–2 4–1
3   Republic of Ireland 4 0 2 2 1 5 −4 2 0–0 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. ^ Due to revamp of the format for the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League, no teams were eventually relegated.
Wales  4–1  Republic of Ireland
Report

Denmark  2–0  Wales
Report
Attendance: 17,506[20]

Republic of Ireland  0–0  Denmark
Report

Republic of Ireland  0–1  Wales
Report
Attendance: 38,321[20]

Wales  1–2  Denmark
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Denmark  0–0  Republic of Ireland
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Attendance: 11,130[20]

GoalscorersEdit

Overall rankingEdit

The 12 League B teams were ranked 13th to 24th overall in the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League according to the following rules:[2][21]

  • The teams finishing first in the groups will be ranked 13th to 16th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing second in the groups will be ranked 17th to 20th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing third in the groups will be ranked 21st to 24th according to the results of the league phase.
Rnk Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
13 B3   Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 3 1 0 5 1 +4 10
14 B1   Ukraine 4 3 0 1 5 5 0 9
15 B4   Denmark 4 2 2 0 4 1 +3 8
16 B2   Sweden 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2 7
17 B2   Russia 4 2 1 1 4 3 +1 7
18 B3   Austria 4 2 1 1 3 2 +1 7
19 B4   Wales 4 2 0 2 6 5 +1 6
20 B1   Czech Republic 4 2 0 2 4 4 0 6
21 B1   Slovakia 4 1 0 3 5 5 0 3
22 B2   Turkey 4 1 0 3 4 7 −3 3
23 B4   Republic of Ireland 4 0 2 2 1 5 −4 2
24 B3   Northern Ireland 4 0 0 4 2 7 −5 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Ranking criteria

Prize moneyEdit

The prize money to be distributed was announced in March 2018.[22] Each team in League B will receive a solidarity fee of €1 million. In addition, the four group winners will receive double this amount with a €1M bonus fee. This means that the maximum amount of solidarity and bonus fees for a team from League B is €2M.

Qualifying play-offsEdit

The four best teams in League B according to the overall ranking that have not qualified for UEFA Euro 2020 through the qualifying group stage will compete in the play-offs, with the winners qualifying for the final tournament. If there are fewer than four teams in League B that have not qualified, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall ranking.

League B
Rank Team
13 GW   Bosnia and Herzegovina (X)
14 GW   Ukraine (Q)
15 GW   Denmark[H] (X)
16 GW   Sweden (X)
17   Russia[H] (Q)
18   Austria (X)
19   Wales
20   Czech Republic
21   Slovakia
22   Turkey
23   Republic of Ireland[H]
24   Northern Ireland

Key

  1. GW Nations League group winner
  2. H UEFA Euro 2020 host
  3.      Team is currently in a position to qualify directly for the final tournament
  4.      Team is currently in a position to advance to the play-offs
  5. (A) Team has advanced to the play-offs and cannot qualify directly for the final tournament.
  6. (Q) Team has qualified directly for the final tournament.
  7. (X) Team is assured of a play-off spot, but may still qualify directly for the final tournament.
  8. (Y) Cannot qualify directly, but may still advance to play-offs.
  9. (Z) May qualify directly, but cannot advance to play-offs.
  10. (E) Eliminated, cannot qualify directly or advance to play-offs.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CEST (UTC+2) for matchdays 1–4 (September and October 2018), CET (UTC+1) for matchdays 5–6 (November 2018).
  2. ^ The Czech Republic v Ukraine match, originally scheduled for 20:45 CEST, was delayed to 21:00 CEST due to floodlight failure.
  3. ^ The Ukraine v Slovakia match was played behind closed doors due to a UEFA punishment against Ukraine for the display of a banner with racist symbols in their UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying home match against Spain.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "UEFA Nations League receives associations' green light". UEFA. 27 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Regulations of the UEFA Nations League 2018/19" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ "UEFA Nations League format and schedule approved". UEFA.com. 4 December 2014.
  4. ^ "UEFA Nations League format and schedule confirmed". UEFA. 4 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Confirmed: How the UEFA Nations League will line up". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  6. ^ "National Team Coefficients Overview" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 11 October 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  7. ^ "UEFA Nations League draw seedings confirmed". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  8. ^ "UEFA Nations League format confirmed". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  9. ^ "All you need to know: UEFA Nations League draw". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 17 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  10. ^ "League Phase Draw Press Kit" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Group stage draw". UEFA.com. 24 January 2018.
  12. ^ "UEFA Nations League 2018/19 League Phase draw". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  13. ^ "UEFA Nations League 2018/19 – League Phase Draw Procedure" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 7 December 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  14. ^ "UEFA Nations League calendar: all the fixtures". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  15. ^ "UEFA Nations League 2018/19: Fixtures List – League Phase" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  16. ^ a b c d e f "Summary UEFA Nations League B – Group 1". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Slováci budú hrať v Lige národov na Ukrajine bez divákov, pre trest z roku 2015" [Slovaks will play in Nations League in Ukraine without spectators due to 2015 punishment]. SME (in Slovak). Petit Press. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  18. ^ a b c d e f "Summary UEFA Nations League B – Group 2". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  19. ^ a b c d e f "Summary UEFA Nations League B – Group 3". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  20. ^ a b c d e f "Summary UEFA Nations League B – Group 4". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  21. ^ "2018/19 UEFA Nations League rankings" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  22. ^ "UEFA Nations League solidarity and bonus fees". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 23 March 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

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