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2020–21 UEFA Nations League

The 2020–21 UEFA Nations League will be the second season of the UEFA Nations League, an international association football competition involving the men's national teams of the 55 member associations of UEFA.[1] The competition will be held from September to November 2020 (league phase), June 2021 (Nations League Finals) and March 2022 (relegation play-outs).[2] The defending champions are Portugal.

2020–21 UEFA Nations League
Tournament details
DatesLeague phase:
3 September – 17 November 2020
Nations League Finals:
2–6 June 2021
Relegation play-outs:
24–29 March 2022
Teams55

FormatEdit

On 24 September 2019, UEFA announced that a revised format would be used for the 2020–21 edition, the second season of the competition.[3] The 55 UEFA national teams will be divided into four leagues, with Leagues A, B and C featuring 16 teams each, divided into four groups of four teams. League D will feature 7 teams divided into two groups, with one containing four teams and the other containing three. The teams are allocated to leagues based on the 2018–19 UEFA Nations League overall ranking. Each team will now play six matches within their group, except for one group in League D which will play four, using the home-and-away round-robin format on double matchdays in September, October and November 2020. This format ensures that for almost all groups, teams in the same group play their last matches at the same time. It also increases the number of total league phase matches from 138 to 162, and minimises the number of friendly matches.[4][5]

In the top division, League A, teams compete to become the UEFA Nations League champions. The four group winners of League A qualify for the Nations League Finals in June 2021, which is played in a knockout format, consisting of the semi-finals, third place play-off, and final. The semi-final pairings, along with the administrative home teams for the third place play-off and final, are determined by means of a draw. The host country will be selected among the four qualified teams by the UEFA Executive Committee, with the winners of the final crowned as the Nations League champions. The video assistant referee (VAR) system will be used in the Nations League Finals.[6]

Teams also compete for promotion and relegation to a higher or lower league. In Leagues B, C and D, the group winners are promoted, while the last-placed teams of each group in Leagues A and B are relegated. As League C has four groups while League D has only two, the two League C teams which are to be relegated will be determined by play-outs in March 2022. Based on the Nations League overall ranking of the fourth-placed teams, the first-ranked team will face the fourth-ranked team, and the second-ranked team will face the third-ranked team. Two ties will be played over two legs, with each team playing one leg at home (the higher-ranked team will host the second leg). The team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs will remain in League C, while the loser will be relegated to League D. If the aggregate score is level, the away goals rule is applied, with extra time played if away goals are also equal. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, with a penalty shoot-out used to decide the winner if no goals are scored during extra time.[2]

Tiebreakers for group rankingEdit

If two or more teams in the same group are equal on points on completion of the league phase, the following tie-breaking criteria are applied:[2]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played among the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference in matches played among the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the matches played among the teams in question;
  4. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the matches played among the teams in question;
  5. If, after having applied criteria 1 to 4, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings.[a] If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 10 apply;
  6. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Higher number of away goals scored in all group matches;
  9. Higher number of wins in all group matches;
  10. Higher number of away wins in all group matches;
  11. Lower disciplinary points total in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card).
  12. Position in the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League access list.

Notes

  1. ^ When there are two or more teams tied in points, criteria 1 to 4 are applied. After these criteria are applied, they may define the position of some of the teams involved, but not all of them. For example, if there is a three-way tie on points, the application of the first four criteria may only break the tie for one of the teams, leaving the other two teams still tied. In this case, the tiebreaking procedure is resumed, from the beginning, for those teams that are still tied.

Criteria for league rankingEdit

Individual league rankings are established according to the following criteria:[2]

  1. Position in the group;
  2. Higher number of points;
  3. Superior goal difference;
  4. Higher number of goals scored;
  5. Higher number of goals scored away from home;
  6. Higher number of wins;
  7. Higher number of wins away from home;
  8. Lower disciplinary points total (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card).
  9. Position in the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League access list.

In order to rank teams in League D, which is composed of different sized groups, the results against the fourth-placed team in Group D1 are not taken into account for the purposes of comparing teams placed first, second and third in their respective groups.[2]

The ranking of the top 4 teams in League A are determined by their finish in the Nations League Finals:[2]

  1. The winner is ranked 1st;
  2. The runner-up is ranked 2nd;
  3. The third-placed team is ranked 3rd;
  4. The fourth-placed team is ranked 4th.

Criteria for overall rankingEdit

The overall UEFA Nations League rankings are established as follows:[2]

  1. The 16 League A teams are ranked 1st to 16th according to their league rankings.
  2. The 16 League B teams are ranked 17th to 32nd according to their league rankings.
  3. The 16 League C teams are ranked 33rd to 48th according to their league rankings.
  4. The 7 League D teams are ranked 49th to 55th according to their league rankings.

2022 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit

The Nations League may be partially linked with European qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, pending final confirmation by UEFA.[7][8] UEFA has outlined a preliminary structure which would depend on results from the Nations League, although to a lesser degree than the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying play-offs. The ten group winners after the first round (group stage) will qualify directly. Then, the ten group runners-up, along with two teams that are selected based on the Nations League overall ranking, will advance to a 12-team second round (play-offs) to be conducted in two single-match knockout rounds, from which an additional three teams will also qualify.[2]

ScheduleEdit

Below is the schedule of the 2020–21 UEFA Nations League.[9][2]

Stage Round Dates
League phase Matchday 1 3–5 September 2020
Matchday 2 6–8 September 2020
Matchday 3 8–10 October 2020
Matchday 4 11–13 October 2020
Matchday 5 12–14 November 2020
Matchday 6 15–17 November 2020
Finals Semi-finals 2–3 June 2021
Third place play-off 6 June 2021
Final
Relegation play-outs First leg 24–25 March 2022
Second leg 28–29 March 2022

The relegation play-outs of League C are scheduled on the same dates as the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-offs. If one or more of the teams due to participate in the relegation play-outs also qualifies for the World Cup qualifying play-offs, the relegation play-outs will be cancelled and the teams in League C ranked 47th and 48th in the Nations League overall ranking will be automatically relegated.[2]

TeamsEdit

 
Map showing the leagues each national team will participate in.
  League A
  League B
  League C
  League D

All 55 UEFA national teams will enter the competition. Due to the format change of the competition, no teams were actually relegated from the 2018–19 season. In addition to the group winners, the second-placed teams in Leagues C and D, along with the best-ranked third-placed team of League D, were also promoted.[9]

In the 2020–21 access list, UEFA ranked teams based on the 2018–19 Nations League overall ranking, with a slight modification: teams which were originally relegated in the previous season were ranked immediately below teams promoted prior to the format change.[10] The seeding pots for the league phase will be based on the access list ranking.[2]

Key
  Originally promoted in previous season (prior to format change)
  Originally relegated in previous season (spared after format change)
 * Promoted after format change
League A
Team Prv Rank
  Portugal (title holders) 1
  Netherlands 2
  England 3
   Switzerland 4
  Belgium 5
  France 6
  Spain 7
  Italy 8
  Bosnia and Herzegovina   9
  Ukraine   10
  Denmark   11
  Sweden   12
  Croatia   13
  Poland   14
  Germany   15
  Iceland   16
League B
Team Prv Rank
  Russia 17
  Austria 18
  Wales 19
  Czech Republic 20
  Scotland   21
  Norway   22
  Serbia   23
  Finland   24
  Slovakia   25
  Turkey   26
  Republic of Ireland   27
  Northern Ireland   28
  Bulgaria  * 29
  Israel  * 30
  Hungary  * 31
  Romania  * 32
League C
Team Prv Rank
  Greece 33
  Albania 34
  Montenegro 35
  Georgia   36
  North Macedonia   37
  Kosovo   38
  Belarus   39
  Cyprus   40
  Estonia   41
  Slovenia   42
  Lithuania   43
  Luxembourg  * 44
  Armenia  * 45
  Azerbaijan  * 46
  Kazakhstan  * 47
  Moldova  * 48
League D
Team Rank
  Gibraltar 49
  Faroe Islands 50
  Latvia 51
  Liechtenstein 52
  Andorra 53
  Malta 54
  San Marino 55

The draw for the league phase will take place on 3 March 2020 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.[9]

League AEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation A1-1 A1-2 A1-3 A1-4
1 A1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Nations League Finals TBD TBD TBD
2 A1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 A1-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 A1-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation A2-1 A2-2 A2-3 A2-4
1 A2-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Nations League Finals TBD TBD TBD
2 A2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 A2-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 A2-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation A3-1 A3-2 A3-3 A3-4
1 A3-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Nations League Finals TBD TBD TBD
2 A3-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 A3-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 A3-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation A4-1 A4-2 A4-3 A4-4
1 A4-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Nations League Finals TBD TBD TBD
2 A4-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 A4-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 A4-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League B TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Nations League FinalsEdit

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
2 June 2021 – TBD
 
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
6 June 2021 – TBD
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
Winners Match 1/2
 
3 June 2021 – TBD
 
Winners Match 1/2
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
 
Winners Group 1/2/3/4
 
Third place play-off
 
 
6 June 2021 – TBD
 
 
Losers Match 1/2
 
 
Losers Match 1/2

Semi-finalsEdit

Winners Group 1/2/3/4Match 1Winners Group 1/2/3/4

Winners Group 1/2/3/4Match 2Winners Group 1/2/3/4

Third place play-offEdit

Losers Match 1/2Match 3Losers Match 1/2

FinalEdit

Winners Match 1/2Match 4Winners Match 1/2

League BEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation B1-1 B1-2 B1-3 B1-4
1 B1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A TBD TBD TBD
2 B1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 B1-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 B1-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation B2-1 B2-2 B2-3 B2-4
1 B2-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A TBD TBD TBD
2 B2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 B2-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 B2-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation B3-1 B3-2 B3-3 B3-4
1 B3-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A TBD TBD TBD
2 B3-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 B3-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 B3-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or relegation B4-1 B4-2 B4-3 B4-4
1 B4-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League A TBD TBD TBD
2 B4-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 B4-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 B4-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Relegation to League C TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

League CEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification C1-1 C1-2 C1-3 C1-4
1 C1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD TBD
2 C1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 C1-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 C1-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to relegation play-outs TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification C2-1 C2-2 C2-3 C2-4
1 C2-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD TBD
2 C2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 C2-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 C2-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to relegation play-outs TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification C3-1 C3-2 C3-3 C3-4
1 C3-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD TBD
2 C3-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 C3-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 C3-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to relegation play-outs TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion or qualification C4-1 C4-2 C4-3 C4-4
1 C4-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League B TBD TBD TBD
2 C4-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 C4-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 C4-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to relegation play-outs TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Relegation play-outsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
4th ranked fourth-placed team 1st ranked fourth-placed team 24–25 Mar '22 28–29 Mar '22
3rd ranked fourth-placed team 2nd ranked fourth-placed team 24–25 Mar '22 28–29 Mar '22

League DEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion D1-1 D1-2 D1-3 D1-4
1 D1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League C TBD TBD TBD
2 D1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
3 D1-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
4 D1-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Promotion D2-1 D2-2 D2-3
1 D2-1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Promotion to League C TBD TBD
2 D2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
3 D2-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBD TBD
First match(es) will be played on September 2020. Source: UEFA

Overall rankingEdit

The results of each team will be used to calculate the overall ranking of the competition.

League A League B
Rnk Team Pld Pts
1 Nations League Finals 1st place 0 0
2 Nations League Finals 2nd place 0 0
3 Nations League Finals 3rd place 0 0
4 Nations League Finals 4th place 0 0
5 1st best group 2nd place 0 0
6 2nd best group 2nd place 0 0
7 3rd best group 2nd place 0 0
8 4th best group 2nd place 0 0
9 1st best group 3rd place 0 0
10 2nd best group 3rd place 0 0
11 3rd best group 3rd place 0 0
12 4th best group 3rd place 0 0
13 1st best group 4th place 0 0
14 2nd best group 4th place 0 0
15 3rd best group 4th place 0 0
16 4th best group 4th place 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 3 September 2020.
Source: UEFA
Rnk Team Pld Pts
17 1st best group 1st place 0 0
18 2nd best group 1st place 0 0
19 3rd best group 1st place 0 0
20 4th best group 1st place 0 0
21 1st best group 2nd place 0 0
22 2nd best group 2nd place 0 0
23 3rd best group 2nd place 0 0
24 4th best group 2nd place 0 0
25 1st best group 3rd place 0 0
26 2nd best group 3rd place 0 0
27 3rd best group 3rd place 0 0
28 4th best group 3rd place 0 0
29 1st best group 4th place 0 0
30 2nd best group 4th place 0 0
31 3rd best group 4th place 0 0
32 4th best group 4th place 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 3 September 2020.
Source: UEFA
League C League D
Rnk Team Pld Pts
33 1st best group 1st place 0 0
34 2nd best group 1st place 0 0
35 3rd best group 1st place 0 0
36 4th best group 1st place 0 0
37 1st best group 2nd place 0 0
38 2nd best group 2nd place 0 0
39 3rd best group 2nd place 0 0
40 4th best group 2nd place 0 0
41 1st best group 3rd place 0 0
42 2nd best group 3rd place 0 0
43 3rd best group 3rd place 0 0
44 4th best group 3rd place 0 0
45 1st best group 4th place 0 0
46 2nd best group 4th place 0 0
47 3rd best group 4th place 0 0
48 4th best group 4th place 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 3 September 2020.
Source: UEFA
Rnk Team Pld Pts
49 1st best group 1st place 0 0
50 2nd best group 1st place 0 0
51 1st best group 2nd place 0 0
52 2nd best group 2nd place 0 0
53 1st best group 3rd place 0 0
54 2nd best group 3rd place 0 0
55 Group D1 4th place 0 0
First match(es) will be played on September 2020.
Source: UEFA

ReferencesEdit

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