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The 2018–19 UEFA Nations League D was the fourth and lowest 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 D
Tournament details
Dates6 September – 20 November 2018
Teams16
Promoted Belarus
 Georgia
 Kosovo
 Macedonia
Tournament statistics
Matches played48
Goals scored121 (2.52 per match)
Attendance435,442 (9,072 per match)
Top scorer(s)Armenia Yura Movsisyan
Belarus Stanislaw Drahun
(5 goals each)

Contents

FormatEdit

League D will consist of the lowest 16 UEFA members ranked from 40–55, to be split into four groups of four. The winners of each group will be promoted to the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League C.[2]

In addition, League D will be allocated one of the four remaining UEFA Euro 2020 places. Four teams from League D 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 D which have not already qualified for the European Championship finals, and League D 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 will be allocated to League D according to their UEFA national team coefficients after the conclusion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying group stage on 11 October 2017. Teams will be split into four 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
  Azerbaijan 17,761 40
  Macedonia 17,071 41
  Belarus 16,868 42
  Georgia 16,523 43
Pot 2
Team Coeff Rank
  Armenia 15,846 44
  Latvia 15,821 45
  Faroe Islands 15,490 46
  Luxembourg 14,231 47
Pot 3
Team Coeff Rank
  Kazakhstan 13,431 48
  Moldova 13,130 49
  Liechtenstein 10,950 50
  Malta 10,870 51
Pot 4
Team Coeff Rank
  Andorra 10,240 52
  Kosovo 9,950 53
  San Marino 8,190 54
  Gibraltar 7,550 55

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, Armenia and Azerbaijan could not be drawn into the same group (due to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict). Due to excessive travel restrictions, any group could only contain a maximum of one of the following pairs: Andorra and Kazakhstan, Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan, Gibraltar and Kazakhstan, Gibraltar and Azerbaijan.[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        
1   Georgia 6 5 1 0 12 2 +10 16 Promotion to League C 2–1 1–0 3–0
2   Kazakhstan 6 1 3 2 8 7 +1 6 0–2 1–1 4–0
3   Latvia 6 0 4 2 2 6 −4 4 0–3 1–1 0–0
4   Andorra 6 0 4 2 2 9 −7 4 1–1 1–1 0–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Kazakhstan  0–2  Georgia
Report
Attendance: 28,736[16]
Latvia  0–0  Andorra
Report

Georgia  1–0  Latvia
Report
Andorra  1–1  Kazakhstan
Report

Georgia  3–0  Andorra
Report
Latvia  1–1  Kazakhstan
Report
Attendance: 4,878[16]

Kazakhstan  4–0  Andorra
Report
Attendance: 19,854[16]
Latvia  0–3  Georgia
Report

Kazakhstan  1–1  Latvia
Report
Attendance: 21,463[16]
Referee: Jens Maae (Denmark)
Andorra  1–1  Georgia
Report

Andorra  0–0  Latvia
Report
Georgia  2–1  Kazakhstan
Report

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion        
1   Belarus 6 4 2 0 10 0 +10 14 Promotion to League C 1–0 0–0 5–0
2   Luxembourg 6 3 1 2 11 4 +7 10 0–2 4–0 3–0
3   Moldova 6 2 3 1 4 5 −1 9 0–0 1–1 2–0
4   San Marino 6 0 0 6 0 16 −16 0 0–2 0–3 0–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Belarus  5–0  San Marino
Report
Luxembourg  4–0  Moldova
Report

San Marino  0–3  Luxembourg
Report
Moldova  0–0  Belarus
Report
Attendance: 4,942[18]
Referee: Mario Zebec (Croatia)

Belarus  1–0  Luxembourg
Report
Attendance: 14,122[18]
Moldova  2–0  San Marino
Report

Belarus  0–0  Moldova
Report
Attendance: 10,870[18]
Luxembourg  3–0  San Marino
Report

San Marino  0–1  Moldova
Report
Luxembourg  0–2  Belarus
Report

Moldova  1–1  Luxembourg
Report
San Marino  0–2  Belarus
Report

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion        
1   Kosovo 6 4 2 0 15 2 +13 14 Promotion to League C 4–0 2–0 3–1
2   Azerbaijan 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 9 0–0 2–0 1–1
3   Faroe Islands 6 1 2 3 5 10 −5 5 1–1 0–3 3–1
4   Malta 6 0 3 3 5 14 −9 3 0–5 1–1 1–1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Azerbaijan  0–0  Kosovo
Report
Attendance: 19,500[19]
Faroe Islands  3–1  Malta
Report

Kosovo  2–0  Faroe Islands
Report
Malta  1–1  Azerbaijan
Report

Faroe Islands  0–3  Azerbaijan
Report
Attendance: 2,820[19]
Kosovo  3–1  Malta
Report

Azerbaijan  1–1  Malta
Report
Attendance: 16,200[19]
Referee: Ivan Bebek (Croatia)
Faroe Islands  1–1  Kosovo
Report

Azerbaijan  2–0  Faroe Islands
Report
Attendance: 12,653[19]
Malta  0–5  Kosovo
Report

Kosovo  4–0  Azerbaijan
Report
Malta  1–1  Faroe Islands
Report

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion        
1   Macedonia 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15 Promotion to League C 2–0 4–0 4–1
2   Armenia 6 3 1 2 14 8 +6 10 4–0 0–1 2–1
3   Gibraltar 6 2 0 4 5 15 −10 6 0–2 2–6 2–1
4   Liechtenstein 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5 4 0–2 2–2 2–0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
Armenia  2–1  Liechtenstein
Report
Gibraltar  0–2  Macedonia
Report
Attendance: 1,850[20]
Referee: Jens Maae (Denmark)

Macedonia  2–0  Armenia
Report
Liechtenstein  2–0  Gibraltar
Report
Attendance: 1,110[20]

Armenia  0–1  Gibraltar
Report
Macedonia  4–1  Liechtenstein
Report

Armenia  4–0  Macedonia
Report
Gibraltar  2–1  Liechtenstein
Report

Gibraltar  2–6  Armenia
Report
Liechtenstein  0–2  Macedonia
Report

Macedonia  4–0  Gibraltar
Report
Liechtenstein  2–2  Armenia
Report

GoalscorersEdit

There were 121 goals scored in 48 matches, for an average of 2.52 goals per match.

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Overall rankingEdit

The 16 League D teams were ranked 40th to 55th 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 40th to 43rd according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing second in the groups will be ranked 44th to 47th according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing third in the groups will be ranked 48th to 51st according to the results of the league phase.
  • The teams finishing fourth in the groups will be ranked 52nd to 55th according to the results of the league phase.
Rnk Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
40 D1   Georgia 6 5 1 0 12 2 +10 16
41 D4   Macedonia 6 5 0 1 14 5 +9 15
42 D3   Kosovo 6 4 2 0 15 2 +13 14
43 D2   Belarus 6 4 2 0 10 0 +10 14
44 D2   Luxembourg 6 3 1 2 11 4 +7 10
45 D4   Armenia 6 3 1 2 14 8 +6 10
46 D3   Azerbaijan 6 2 3 1 7 6 +1 9
47 D1   Kazakhstan 6 1 3 2 8 7 +1 6
48 D2   Moldova 6 2 3 1 4 5 −1 9
49 D4   Gibraltar 6 2 0 4 5 15 −10 6
50 D3   Faroe Islands 6 1 2 3 5 10 −5 5
51 D1   Latvia 6 0 4 2 2 6 −4 4
52 D4   Liechtenstein 6 1 1 4 7 12 −5 4
53 D1   Andorra 6 0 4 2 2 9 −7 4
54 D3   Malta 6 0 3 3 5 14 −9 3
55 D2   San Marino 6 0 0 6 0 16 −16 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 D will receive a solidarity fee of €500,000. In addition, the four group winners will receive double this amount with a €500,000 bonus fee. This means that the maximum amount of solidarity and bonus fees for a team from League D is €1 million.

Qualifying play-offsEdit

The four best teams in League D 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 D that have not qualified, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall ranking.

  Qualified directly for the final tournament
  Advanced to play-offs (in bold)
  Assured of a play-off spot, but may still qualify directly for the final tournament
League D
Team Rank
  Georgia[GW] 40
  North Macedonia[GW] 41
  Kosovo[GW] 42
  Belarus[GW] 43
  Luxembourg 44
  Armenia 45
  Azerbaijan[H] 46
  Kazakhstan 47
  Moldova 48
  Gibraltar 49
  Faroe Islands 50
  Latvia 51
  Liechtenstein 52
  Andorra 53
  Malta 54
  San Marino 55

Notes

  1. GW Nations League group winner
  2. H UEFA Euro 2020 host

NotesEdit

  1. ^ CET (UTC+1) for matches in November 2018, and CEST (UTC+2) for all other matches.
  2. ^ The Andorra v Georgia match, originally scheduled on 16 November 2018, was moved to the previous day at the same time to allow for an equal rest period.[17]

ReferencesEdit

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